Barbara Jones

Barbara Jones

Community Dispute Resolution Specialist and Faculty Instructor
Part-Time Faculty, Center for Peace and Conflict Studies


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Detroit, MI 48202






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Barbara Jones


Center for Peace and Conflict Studies

Barbara L. Jones, lifelong Detroiter and community activist, organizer, restorative justice practitioner and youth-violence prevention advocate is the Community Dispute Resolution Specialist and Faculty Instructor for the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies Program at Wayne State University. Barbara serves as Program Director for the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute, a program that delivers expertise training in a higher learning academic setting that provides high school youth development services that focus on civic engagement, conflict resolution intervention, violence prevention, bullying, diversity, civil rights, race relations, negotiation, leadership, international affairs, diplomacy, social justice and crucial life skills with the overarching theme and tools of how to teach students to individually and collectively foster peace within their own schools and communities.

Barbara has over 22 years of broadcast media advertising and marketing experience. She has worked for media organizations including Continental Cable, Media One, AT&T, Comcast, Clear Channel and WDET Detroit Public Radio. Her teaching experience also includes Career Services Advisor and Instructor for Specs Howard School of Media Arts and Adjunct Faculty with Wayne County Community College District.

In addition, Barbara currently serves as the Vice President and Grievance Officer for Wayne State University Union Part Time Faculty (UPTF) Local 477 and is also a negotiation and bargaining team member.

Barbara mentors and advocates for the youth and students at WSU as well as scores of youth in Detroit and in the metro Detroit area in a variety of capacities in schools and organizations such as:

  • Ralph Bunche Summer Institute, Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, Wayne State University
  • Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA)
  • Detroit Rotary High Schools Interact Club Osborn MST High School
  • Damon J. Keith Youth Civil Rights Conference, Wayne State University
  • East Side Conflict Resolution (ESCRO.US)
  • Detroit Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, City of Detroit
  • WSU Giant Step Teen Conference
  • Covenant House of Detroit
  • Visions of Peace Youth Art Exhibition
  • International Cities of Peace Youth Peace Educator Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo, Gurrero, Mexico
  • Union of Part Time Faculty (UPTF) Local 477 WSU Bargaining Committee Member (2016 - present)
  • Caretaker - to the late Grace Lee Boggs (2011-2015)
  • Housing Coordinator - for The James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture  Community Leadership, The Boggs Center (2011 - 2020)

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Barbara’s expertise and training with clients and the community focuses on the following:Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training and FacilitationPersonal/Professional Conflict ResolutionWorkplace DisputesSpecialized Youth Violence Reduction StrategiesCommunity and Neighborhood Safety and Communication StrategiesViolence Reduction StrategiesRestorative Justice and Restorative PracticesCommunity Building StrategiesSocial JusticeDiffusing ConflictPeer MediationDifficult Conversations and Crucial ConversationsGetting to “Yes” and Not Be Afraid of “No” (Negotiation)Conflict with CustomersLeadershipManaging PeacefullyCommunication Skill Building (Active Listening, Interpersonal, Intergroup and Intrapersonal, Intragroup Communication and Emotional Conflict Strategies)Workplace ViolenceAnger ManagementTrain the Trainer in Alternative Dispute ResolutionPublic Policy DisputesCultural Sensitivity and Diversity Training


  • Bachelor’s of Science in Mass Communications, Rochester College
  • Master’s of Arts in Conflict/Dispute Resolution, Wayne State University
  • Graduate Certificate in Peace and Security Studies, Wayne State University

Currently teaching

  • PCS 2010, PS 2830 and HIS 2520 Special Topics: "Social Justice Activism"

Courses taught

PCS 2010, PS 2830 and HIS 2520 SpecialTopics: "Social Justice Activism"