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A Message From Tonisha B. Lane

Tonisha B. Lane, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Virginia Tech. She earned her doctorate in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) at Michigan State University (MSU). Dr. Lane studies the experiences and outcomes of underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Her research also focuses on representation, retention, and well-being of Black students and professionals in higher education. Dr. Lane has secured more than $4M in funding, including support from the Spencer Foundation and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Additionally, Dr. Lane has 26 in-press or published refereed journal articles, and she has given 40 refereed conference presentations at premier national and international conferences. She has been the recipient of several honors including the 2021-2022 College of Liberal Arts and Human Studies (CLAHS) Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship, ACPA Emerging Scholar (class of 2018), and a McKnight Fellow. Her work can be found in published texts Building Mentorship Networks to Support Black Women: A Guide to Succeeding in the Academy and Women of Color and STEM: Navigating the Double Bind in Higher Education. Additionally, her articles appear in the Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, and Urban Education.
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In Support of ACPA Foundation

Founded in 1994 during the presidency of Charles Schroeder, the purpose of the ACPA Educational Leadership Foundation (501c3 non-profit organization) is “to enhance the student affairs profession and to generate and disseminate knowledge of college students at all levels within higher education” (Article Three of the Articles of Incorporation). The organization is now known as the ACPA Foundation to more concisely communicate its role as the fundraising arm of ACPA College Student Educators International.

The Mission - The ACPA Foundation exists to support the priorities and activities of ACPA by raising funds and developing resources that help the Association fulfill its mission. 

The Vision - The ACPA Foundation will develop sufficient assets to effectively and sustainably fund ACPA’s efforts to provide excellent professional development opportunities to members, advance knowledge in the field, and support the transformative effect of education in the lives of college students.

In order to fulfill its purpose and mission, the Foundation invites members and non-members alike to provide philanthropic support for ACPA's vital initiatives involving research, scholarship, professional development and leadership program.