Dr. Shonda R. Jones

SpecialityExecutive Director for Academic Programs Principal Investigator, Faith Coordinating Center/Black Faith & HIV Wake Forest University

Dr. Jones is executive director of academic programs at the School of Professional Studies, Wake Forest University in Charlotte, NC and the Principal Investigator for The COMPASS Initiative® Faith Coordinating Center/Black Faith & HIV Initiative at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity. She was previously Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives & Assistant Teaching Professor in Intercultural Theological Education at the School of Divinity.  Dr. Jones is a much sought-after consultant for educational organizations, focusing on academic evaluation, intercultural practices, and equity and inclusion engagement.  

Committed to building healthy communities and reducing health disparities, Dr. Jones interests include faith and health, the intersection of school choice and race, and her focus broadly examines intercultural practices that promote communal thriving with and among leaders and communities. She was an instrumental founding member of the African American Task Force for HIV/AIDS, a task force that formed a collaborative effort among service providers to render care in specific ways to impact the rising HIV infections in the African American community.  With a primary focus on Black Faith and HIV/AIDS, Dr. Jones’ work affirms the inherent dignity and worth of all people, including peoples of African descent, women, young people, and LGBTQ+ individuals, as bearers of the divine image (Imago dei). Recognizing the disproportionate impact of HIV and other diseases on these communities, Dr. Jones is passionate about building the capacity of faith communities to address health disparities through a lens of liberation and social justice.  

She is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church certified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), and trainer for intercultural communication. As a visionary higher education administrator, she has an established track record of providing strategic leadership at academic institutions, establishing best practices in recruitment and admissions, promoting diversity and inclusion, engaging student learning through teaching and co-curricular programming.  Jones earned a BA, Texas Christian University; MDiv, Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University; and Doctor of Education in Higher Education (Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies) from the University of Alabama. 

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