Cultural Competency


Dr. Sharon Blackwell Jones is an Assistant Professor and Faculty member at Radford University for the past 8 years. She has been most recently began working in the Office of Academic Programs on Diversity and Strategic Initiatives at Radford. Dr. Jones is a Graduate of Penn State University and has experience consulting, working and teaching in the areas of Cultural Competence, clinical mental health counseling, school counseling, and counseling psychology.  

Over the past 22 years, Dr. Jones has taught graduate courses in diversity, counseling skills, drug and alcohol counseling and practicum for individual counseling and groups. In addition, she has served as a high school counselor in both D.C., and Virginia. She just finished serving as a consultant to Radford City Schools on developing cultural competence and has spent the past 18 years helping school systems deal with adjusting social climates and cultural competency development.

Areas of research and professional interest include Cultural Competence training, LGBT issues, as well as Drug and alcohol Counseling. Dr. Jones has been an active advocate for LGBT students and has help develop and led safe zone trainings for students and faculty in university communities and in local schools.

Dr. Jones and her husband, Coach Mike Jones (Radford University Men’s Basketball Coach) have two sons, and reside in Radford, Virginia.

For information on cultural competency training opportunities and consultation services, please contact Dr. Sharon Jones

Trainings & Developmental Offerings

  • Creating an Inclusive College & Classrooms by Addressing Microaggressions in Higher Education 
  • Appreciating Differences: Promoting & Developing Self-Awareness
  • What's Your Story on Race: Interative Activities for Self-Exploration & Cultural Competence Development
  • Inclusivity & Diversity in Undergraduate Research & Scholarship
  • UNIV 100 classroom visits


Reading Groups

  • Whistling Vivaldi
  • White Fragility 
  • Why Aren't We There Yet?
  • Blind Spot
  • iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood--and What That Means for the Rest of Us