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Candace Jones

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Candace Jones is the Project Manager for the Student Success and Retention Innovation (SSRI) department at the University of Arizona. Her main responsibilities are centered around special projects that are a cross-departmental effort to provide a holistic approach to supporting students at the University. Prior to joining the SSRI team, Candace was the Executive Director for Communities In Schools of Montgomery County, North Carolina. Communities In Schools (CIS) is one of the nations’ leading drop-out prevention non-profits. During her time with CIS, her work included serving under-resourced students on their path to graduation. She also worked for the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at Columbia University’s School of Nursing. Candace is currently a Ph.D. student in the Higher Education program through the College of Education at the University of Arizona. She received her M.A. in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Columbia University and her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is passionate about college access, educational equity and degree completion, with a focus on supporting historically underrepresented student populations.