Austyn Smith Jones

Junior Delegate, UC Merced Staff Assembly

Job Title: Events Coordinator for the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts
UC Service: 7 years
Email: asmith37@ucmerced.edu
Phone: (209) 228-2280
Pronouns: she/her/hers


Biography

Austyn Smith Jones is a UC Merced alum (2013) with her BA in Political Science with a Minor in Writing. She has been a staff member at UC Merced for 6 years, with 7 years total UC service. As an undergraduate student, she was the first recipient of UC Merced’s Staff Assembly Scholarship for Employees’ Dependent Children. Austyn currently is the Events Coordinator for the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts. She assists faculty in organizing a variety of conferences, seminars, workshops, speakers, and performances and often organizes nearly 100 events each semester.

Austyn was an integral part of establishing a Staff Engagement committee within her department and served as a founding committee member for three years. Austyn joined UC Merced Staff Assembly to advocate for staff as well as give back by helping to get staff engaged in their campus. She is particularly interested in thinking of creative ways to engage, develop, and appreciate staff at UC Merced.