Chenelle Jones headshot

Columbus City Council and the Create Columbus Commission name their third Create Columbus Visionary Award recipient in 2016, a quarterly initiative honoring young professionals who are making an impact and helping to create a better future for Columbus. This Monday a joint resolution will recognize the third honoree of this co-creator initiative.

Dr. Chenelle Jones will be recognized with a Resolution at the Columbus City Council Meeting on Monday, September 26th.

“Dr. Jones’ work could not be more timely than it is today. With the current climate of community and police relations across the country, it’s refreshing to know that there are people dedicated to helping both sides understand each other and work together to find solutions,” said Create Columbus Commissioner Yohannan Terrell, “I have seen the affect Dr. Jones’ program has on both her students and law enforcement, and it’s truly inspiring.”

Dr. Jones currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, at Ohio Dominican University. She serves as the National Director of Research for the Teen and Police Service (TAPS) Academy – a federally funded program designed to reduce social distance between teens and police, as well as improve police / community relations.

Dr. Jones is a participant in the Change Starts Here Ohio Campaign, an initiative designed to also improve police / community relations. In addition, Dr. Jones organized and facilitated a Solutions Forum, which brought the community and justice practitioners together to establish task forces, developing partnerships between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

“The beauty of Columbus lies in its diversity. Columbus is a place where people can come together, share ideas, learn from each other, and collaborate on ways to improve and enhance the city,” Dr. Jones said,  “Columbus is a place where students can receive a good education, young professionals can discover opportunities, entrepreneurs can start a business and families can grow.”

Dr. Jones attended Wittenberg University and received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Africana Studies. She attained her Master of Science, Education in Human Development Services from the University of Dayton. Most recently, Dr. Jones received her PhD in Administration of Justice from Texas Southern University.