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Tony Laing ’96

Alumni Trustee
Alumni Association Board of Directors
kwamelaing@yahoo.com

Alumni volunteer history:

  • President, Black Students Association, 1993-1994
  • Commencement and Reunion Volunteer, 1994, 1995
  • Preceptor, 1995
  • Black Alumni Association Steering Committee, 1996-2005
  • Mentor to several Wheaton alumni (since 1996 graduation)
  • APAC Volunteer, 1996-2005
  • Keynote, Annual Leadership and Recognition Ceremony, 1998
  • Young Alumni Achievement Award, 2006
  • Class of 1996 Reunion President, 2007-2011
  • Convener, Men of Color Alumni Conference, 2008
  • Alumni Trustee and Board of Alumni Directors, 2015-P.

Current Professions:

  • Director, Men of Color Initiative and Lecturer of Gender Studies, University of Wisconsin, 2017– P.

Professional background (Abridged):

  • Postdoctoral Associate, Research Alliance for New York City Schools at Steinhardt School of Education, New York University, 2014 – 2017
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, City University of New York at Hunter College, 2015– 2017
  • Assistant & Researcher, Department of African American Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013
  • Education Pioneers Fellow, Center, District & School Accountability, Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, 2011
  • Diversity & International/ Domestic Exchange Programs Advisor: Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 2006-2008
  • Senior Coordinator & General Academic Advisor, Department of Media Studies and Film: The New School, 2001-2006

Academic background (Abridged):

  • Wheaton, A.B., 1996, Comparative Political Science / Double Minors: African-American and Urban Studies
  • CIEE Study Abroad, University of Ghana-Legon, 1995
  • Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, Cape Town, South Africa, 1997-1998
  • New York University, M.P.A., 2000, International Management Organization [Field Study Research In Maputo, Mozambique, 1999]
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D., 2014, Educational Policy Studies; Joint Concentrations: African-American Studies and Community Informatics in Library Science [Dissertation: Black Male Partial (In)visibility Syndrome: A Qualitative Study of the Narratives of Black Masculine Identities at The Pebbles School]

Honors & Awards (Abridged)

  • Pillar of the Academy Award, 2014
  • Graduate College Dissertation Travel Grant, 2013
  • Charles Dunn Hardie Trust Conference Travel Award, 2012, 2014 (2x)
  • Charles Dunn Hardie Trust Dissertation Award, 2012
  • Education Pioneers Graduate Fellowship, 2011
  • The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, 2011
  • William C. Chandler Bagley Doctoral Scholar, 2010-2011
  • Leopold Schepp Foundation Graduate School Scholar, 2009-2011
  • MassArt David & Sally White Professional Development Grant, 2008
  • Finalist, Fulbright Teacher & Administrator Exchange, 2004, 2005 (2x)
  • Dean’s Leadership Award, NYU, 2000
  • Public Service Scholar, NYU, 1998-2000
  • Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar for post baccalaureate study, 1997-1998
  • Wheaton College UJIMA Award for Outstanding Campus Leadership, 1996
  • Minority Leaders Fellow, the Washington Center, 1995
  • Muriel S. Snowden Memorial Project REACH scholar, 1992-1999