In the Fall of 2020, SMU's Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Maria Dixon Hall, announced the formation of the University Diversity Council. There are 15 members that make up the council and each work in their respective area to ensure that the efforts of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion are coordinated across campus. Jennifer Jones represents the Division of Student Affairs as a member of the council. She works with all areas of Student Affairs as a resource during the search and hiring process of new staff members and serves as the lead trainer for the CIQ@SMU curriculum.
Jennifer Jones has been on staff at SMU for more than 30 years and was named a 2016 History Maker by the Black Alumni of SMU. She joined SMU in 1985, serving 16 years with Residence Life and Student Housing before becoming director of Multicultural Student Affairs and later assistant dean of student life/director of student activities and multicultural student affairs. She has advised the Student Senate and the directors of the Women & LGBT Center, family and parent programs, and the associate dean of the Caring Community Connections program.