Alina Wong, PhD
Dean of the Sophomore Class & Director of the Intercultural Center
Swarthmore College - Tarble 219
Alina Wong is a social justice educator, activist, and facilitator. She has created multiple workshops and trainings for students, faculty, and staff in higher education settings as well as workshops for community agencies and nonprofit centers. Alina specializes in difficult conversations about power, privilege, and systemic oppression with a focus on individual and collective responsibilities toward creating social change. Her research examines the processes of racial identity construction among Asian American college students, using critical theory and intersectionality as an analytic lens to understand racial identity construction as one part of decolonization projects. Alina's research will appear in a volume on Asian Americans in Higher Education as well as Intersectionality and Research in Higher Education. In 2010, she received the Bobby Wright Dissertation of the Year Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education.
Alina has previously worked at Macalester College, the University of Michigan, the University of New Mexico, and Amherst College. She has worked in multicultural student affairs for several years, and has experience in orientation, alumni relations, reunion and event planning, and fundraising, as well as teaching in social justice education, qualitative methods, and history. Alina received her doctoral degree in higher education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She also has an MA in history from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque and a bachelor's degree in history and Spanish from Amherst College.