Barbara L. Jones

Barbara L. Jones

Community Dispute Resolution Specialist
Faculty Instructor for the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies Program



Barbara L. Jones

Barbara L. Jones, lifelong Detroiter and community activist, organizer 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. She is the 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.


Barbara mentors and advocates for the youth in Detroit and in the metro Detroit area in a variety of capacities in schools and with 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


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


Caretaker - to the late Grace Lee Boggs


Housing Coordinator - James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  • Barbara’s expertise and training with clients and the community focuses on the following:

    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training and Facilitation

    Personal/Professional Conflict Resolution

    Workplace Disputes

    Specialized Youth Violence Reduction Strategies

    Community and Neighborhood Safety and Communication Strategies

    Violence Reduction Strategies

    Restorative Practices

    Community Building Strategies

    Social Justice

    Diffusing Conflict

    Peer Mediation

    Difficult Conversations and Crucial Conversations

    Getting to “Yes” and Not Be Afraid of “No” (Negotiation)

    Conflict with Customers


    Managing Peacefully

    Communication Skill Building (Active Listening, Interpersonal, Intergroup and Intrapersonal, Intragroup Communication and Emotional Conflict Strategies)

    Workplace Violence

    Anger Management

    Train the Trainer in Alternative Dispute Resolution

    Public Policy Disputes

    Cultural Sensitivity and Diversity Training

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • Barbara has a Bachelor’s of Science in Mass Communications from Rochester College, a Master’s of Arts degree in Conflict/Dispute Resolution from Wayne State University and a pending graduate certificate degree in Peace and Security Studies from Wayne State University.

Currently Teaching

  • PCS 2010 Topics in Peace and Conflict Studies: Social Justice Activism

Courses taught