NEW YORK, February 1, 2021 — Cammie Jones has been hired as Executive Director of Community Engagement and Inclusion at Barnard College, effective today. This newly created role is a position of leadership charged with developing the college’s approach to civic and community engagement through facilitating relationships between the college, community leaders and stakeholders across the city as well as in Harlem. Jones will report to the VP for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Ariana González Stokas. The new position is intended to help Barnard realize its commitment to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students, staff and faculty.
“We’re very excited for Cammie to bring her expertise and talents to Barnard,” González Stokas said. “As the political climate changes faster than ever, it has never been more important to prioritize civic engagement and community relations. I am confident Cammie will be an exemplary representative for Barnard, and a powerful voice during these unprecedented times.”
Barnard’s student body is composed of future leaders who hail from nearly every state and almost 60 countries. Approximately half of Barnard students identify as women of color. Community outreach and civic engagement is a vital part of making Barnard a more diverse and inclusive place. With her experience in women’s empowerment and leadership, alongside her years of work within her community, Jones will be instrumental in strengthening relationships between the college and the neighboring communities.
Originally from Dallas, Texas, Jones has consistently created pathways towards social justice and civic engagement in the world of higher education for over 13 years. Throughout her career, Jones has spoken on national and international panels about the importance of civic engagement, women’s rights and equity and inclusion.
Jones brings an abundance of knowledge and experience to Barnard, most recently serving as the Associate Dean of Experiential Learning and Civic Engagement at Bard College. In this role, she oversaw several innovative experiential learning and leadership development initiatives. As part of her work to raise the voices of the next generation of leaders, Jones also taught courses on women’s empowerment during her time at Bard.
Outside of her professional work, Jones is heavily involved in the Dutchess County community, serving on several boards of nonprofit organizations. Currently, she is on the Board of Directors for Dutchess Outreach, a member of the Dutchess County Commission on Human Rights, and Executive Secretary for the Dutchess County Democrats. She is also a recent graduate of the Supermajority Majority Leaders Program.
As a first-generation college student, she holds a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at Austin and a M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Louisiana State University. She has received numerous awards for her work in higher education and community engagement, and has coordinated several global and domestic summits on civic engagement, youth-action leadership development and the future of women’s rights.