Three African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to University Diversity Positions

Tony Laing was appointed assistant vice president of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. Previously, he served as METCO director for Wayland public schools, a desegregation program designed to eliminate racial imbalance through the busing of children from Boston to suburban school districts.

Dr. Laing is a graduate of Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, where he majored in political science. He holds a master’s degree in the management of international public service organizations from New York University, a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Illinois.

Nkenge Friday has been named senior assistant vice chancellor for strategic initiatives in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is the former associate dean and director of diversity and inclusion at Marietta College in Ohio.

Dr. Friday received a bachelor’s degree from Tougaloo College in Mississippi. She earned master’s degrees at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well as an educational doctorate from Nova Southeastern University.

Jamila Jefferson-Jones, a professor of law at the University of Kansas, has been given the added duties of associate dean for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging at the law school. Before joining KU Law this past July, Jefferson-Jones was a professor of law and associate director of property, equity and justice for the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State University School of Law. She was previously a professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

Professor Jefferson-Jones is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School.

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