CARING

 

As the associate dean of student success at Spokane Falls Community College, Chrissy Davis Jones says she has the privilege of working directly with community college students. “I see a piece of myself in each of the students I work with,” she says.

Chrissy was a first-generation college student herself. She wanted to quit school in her first month. But the push of a caring adviser gave her the confidence she needed. “She told me, ‘You can do it. You will stay in school. This is not optional’ And that stuck with me,” she says. She now works to instill the same in students at SFCC, frequently echoing her own mentor by saying, “You will stay in school. You will do well. We’re going to help build your confidence, and you’re going to be okay.”

 

PASSIONATE

 

Chrissy is passionate about higher education because she knows the opportunities it creates. “For people like myself, coming from certain backgrounds, having an education really does give you some leverage to make things happen in your life,” she says, “I believe I am a living, breathing example of that, and I try to explain that to students.”

Chrissy earned her doctorate in education (EdD) at the University of North Texas.  She’s been working with community and technical colleges for 16 years. “I love seeing all types of students from all walks of life,” she says. “It’s welcoming to all students. Come as you are, and we’ll get you to the next step.”

She didn’t even know where Spokane was when she was hired at SFCC almost seven years ago. The Dallas native moved here with her husband and mother in the middle of January. “But I loved the picturesque nature of Spokane. Beautiful trees, beautiful mountains.”

Chrissy Davis Jones - student advocate

PASSIONATE

 

Chrissy is passionate about higher education because she knows the opportunities it creates. “For people like myself, coming from certain backgrounds, having an education really does give you some leverage to make things happen in your life,” she says, “I believe I am a living, breathing example of that, and I try to explain that to students.”

Chrissy earned her doctorate in education (EdD) at the University of North Texas.  She’s been working with community and technical colleges for 16 years. “I love seeing all types of students from all walks of life,” she says. “It’s welcoming to all students. Come as you are, and we’ll get you to the next step.”

She didn’t even know where Spokane was when she was hired at SFCC almost seven years ago. The Dallas native moved here with her husband and mother in the middle of January. “But I loved the picturesque nature of Spokane. Beautiful trees, beautiful mountains.”

INVOLVED

 

Chrissy’s become very involved in the community. She volunteers at Calvary Soup Kitchen. She’s a 2015 graduate of Leadership Spokane. She serves on the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Multicultural Affairs and the Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council. She also is a lifetime member of the NAACP and a member of Phi Delta Kappa, a black education society. And she’s part of the Inland Northwest Juneteenth Coalition, United Way Excelerate Success initiative, and LDCD (Leadership Development for Children of the Dream). And she was recently appointed to the Journal of About Women in Higher Education Editorial Board for the 2016-2019 term. 

“That’s what I think my calling is, to serve,” she says. “We all owe, we owe something. In what capacity will you serve?”