William T. Jones
Chief Diversity/Affirmative Action Officer
SUNY Canton (moderator)

Professor William T. Jones is a Chief Diversity and Affirmative Action Officer at the State University of New York (SUNY) College of technology at Canton. Bill provides leadership and direction on campus and in the community ensuring that SUNY Canton’s Strategic Plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion goals are holistically met. 
As a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Bill understands the difficulties that Native American and students of color face as they journey through the educational process. He has actively worked to further campus connections with members of the Akwesasne community. Moreover, Bill has been the lead facilitator in building a better bridge between the St. Regis Mohawk Nation, the College, and the surrounding communities. 

Bill works collaboratively with diversity officers from nearby St. Lawrence University, SUNY Potsdam and Clarkson University to address the challenges faced by marginalized students. As a result of this connection, students held a statewide conference, titled Indigenous Student Empowerment Gathering, which promoted a collective voice for native students in higher education through the principles of peace, power, and a good mind.

Among his most recent awards, Bill received the 2016 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. His educational, professional and private endeavors have been built on public service. He has coached baseball, wrestling, soccer and football at multiple youth levels for over 20 years and currently serves as a Pop-Warner Football, Player Safety Coach. Prior to joining SUNY Canton, he held faculty positions at SUNY Oswego, served as a New York State Certified Police Instructor for police and corrections officers. 
Bill has amassed over 30-years of experience in education and training at multiple levels. He earned his Associate Degree from Jefferson Community College in liberal arts, Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Oswego in Public Justice, his Master of Arts from Boston University in Criminal Justice, and his Juris Doctorate from Syracuse College of Law, with a concentration in Federal Indian Law and American Indian Policy. 

 

Leading Higher Education Towards Inclusive Excellence