Dr. Shai L. Butler currently serves as the vice president for student success and engagement and chief diversity officer at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. Shai attended the University at Albany where she earned both a bachelor's in English and a master’s degree in educational administration with a concentration in higher education management. In 2014 she went on to further her studies at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts where she earned a doctorate in law and policy. Butler has over 20 years of experience in student affairs, diversity, and student success serving a decade with her alma mater, the University at Albany/State University of New York and ten years with her current employer, The College of Saint Rose a comprehensive, non-sectarian independent college in New York’s capital region. Shai has participated in and facilitated various workshops, panels and keynote addresses on topics related to diversity, inclusion, leadership, women’s empowerment and student success. Her professional accolades include a recent 2017-18 appointment as one of 20 senior college administrators selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in a year-long presidential vocation and institutional mission program for prospective college and university presidents. Butler serves on the board of the New York State American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Network and is also a past recipient of the Center for Women in Government & Civil Society’s Women in Public Service Award for achievements in advancing a civil society. A strong proponent of the role that mentoring and sponsorship play in career advancement, Butler recently published a March 2018 article on this topic in Higheredjobs.com titled, "Paying it Forward, Mentoring Across Lines of Difference." Proud wife of one (Odo) and mom of three (Nori, Koa and Chantelle), Shai is a strong proponent of faith, family, and friendship.
Dr. David E. Jones, a leading student affairs scholar-practitioner previously recognized by NASPA with the Doris Ching Award for Excellence as a Student Affairs Professional, is the director of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Prior to joining Rutgers, his career includes serving in various student affairs leadership roles in residence life, student conduct, and multicultural affairs at the City University of New York, University of Massachusetts Lowell, New York University, and University of South Florida. David’s work centers on social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion, with an interest on the intersection of identity and leadership in higher education. Dr. Jones holds a doctorate of education in organizational leadership and communication from Northeastern University, a master of education in college student affairs from the University of South Florida, and a bachelor of science in communications from Eastern Connecticut State University. He was previously selected as a speaker for the NASPA SA Speaks Series, faculty for the NUFP Dungy Leadership Institute, faculty intern for the Social Justice Training Institute, and has appeared on the Higher Ed Live Network Student Affairs Live show. To learn more about Dr. Jones, visit www.davidearljones.com.