Tony Laing

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Tony Laing, a native Bostonian, is a graduate student, lecturer and author who studies Educational Policy Studies, African American Studies and Community Informatics at the University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign. His dissertation will explore the use of computer-mediated-communication by young Black males in online settings, suggesting that such a context for learning may enhance them to improve their educational outcomes. Tony is particularly interested in how these boys’ approach to interpersonal communication gives them a way to not only examine present educational experiences, but to develop strategies for school success and graduation. To this end, Tony will examine how they will negotiate their complex history and contemporary experience of obstacles in public schools by analyzing their language use and bodily expression through direct face-to-face interactions with each other and teachers. Tony is the recipient of many accolades/fellowships and studied at Wheaton College (Mass), where he received the young alumni achievement award, NYU/ Wagner School of Public Service- where he was a public service scholar, and at Teacher's College, Columbia University. Tony also studied abroad at the University of Ghana in West Africa during his junior year in college, and was a post-baccalaureate student at The University of Cape Town in South Africa (as a rotary ambassadorial scholar).

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