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Nicole Barkley-Jones, Esq '99
2024 Drum Major for Justice Award Honoree

Nicole Barkley-Jones, Esq '99 has over twenty years of legal and higher education administrative experience. She currently serves as the inaugural Associate Director of Title IX Operations in the Office of the Provost at Princeton University. She previously served as an Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in Princeton University’s Graduate School. Prior to her tenure at Princeton University, she served as the Assistant Dean and Multicultural Affairs Officer at Widener University Delaware Law School. In these roles, Barkley-Jones, Esq. worked to foster a campus climate that valued multiple perspectives and varied experiences.

Barkley-Jones, Esq, a licensed attorney, began her legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office where she prosecuted cases in the Family Violence Sexual Assault Unit. Her work on behalf of women and children affected by both physical and sexual violence was critical to her growth and development as a fierce advocate and voice of those we are unable to speak for themselves.

A native Philadelphian, Barkley-Jones, Esq received her undergraduate degree in Communication Studies. At WCU, she was an engaged student leader holding offices in a number of student organizations. She was initiated as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; she served as president of the West Chester University chapter (Rho Alpha); and she remains an active member in the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter of her beloved sorority. Barkley-Jones, Esq also served as the vice-president for the Student Government Association, the president of the Black Student Union, and a member of the Abbe Society. In addition, she served as a student paraprofessional in roles as resident assistant, orientation leader and student director in Sykes Student Union. Barkley-Jones, Esq. is a past (2011) Legacy of Leadership Award recipient. She received her law degree from Delaware Law School, where she served as president for the Black Law Students Association and the research editor of the Widener Law Review.

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