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.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Remembering the Impact of Black Women on College Basketball

As former college basketball players, we are grateful that more eyes are watching, respecting and enjoying women’s college basketball. However, we are equally troubled by the manner in which the history of women’s basketball has been inaccurately represented during the Caitlin Clark craze.

Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney Announces Retirement

In 2014, Dr. Berger-Sweeney became the first African American and first woman president of Trinity College since its founding in 1823. Over the past decade, the college has experienced growth in enrollment and graduation rates, hired more diverse faculty, and improved campus infrastructure.

Study Discovers Link Between Midlife Exposure to Racism and Risk of Dementia

Scholars at the University of Georgia, the University of Iowa, and Wake Forest University, have found an increased exposure to racial discrimination during midlife results in an increased risk for Alzheimer's disease and dementia later in life.

Josie Brown Named Dean of University of Hartford College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Brown currently serves as a professor of English and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Point Park University, where she has taught courses on African American, Caribbean, and Ethnic American literature for the past two decades.

Featured Jobs