VESTAL (WBNG) — Karen Jones was recently appointed as the first-ever Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Binghamton University, and on Thursday, shared her views for what she hopes to spark during her time on campus. Jones is now hoping to build upon that progress, and believes Binghamton can be a leader locally and nationally. “Outside-of-the-classroom experiences are equally important,” Jones said. “So if we don’t prepare them for a world outside of Binghamton, we’ve done a disservice.” “We’ve got a lot of great things going on in our individual colleges that we’re not showcasing,” Jones said. “How doe we showcase that nationally? How do we make certain that the country understands and recognizes the work that’s being done?” With national movements taking place, she hopes to continue to facilitate conversation, and wants students to gain valuable experience off of the campus. She added one way to build is by showing off that progress. Jones was attracted to the school after looking at the history and groundwork of diversity at the school, including some of its programs. “You see among the SUNY peers and even nationally, Binghamton University is doing some wonderful things,” Jones said. “I think first and foremost is building those collaborative relationships and building strategic partnerships.” “Hearing those things, particularly about the work that was already being done, their commitment to diversity, the longevity of the leadership here, the president’s commitment to diversity is what drew me here,” she said.