Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, USA Lacrosse
As the first full-time staff devoted to diversity equity and inclusion at USA Lacrosse, Eboni Preston-Laurent was hired in 2013 to develop, prioritize and implement strategies to increase opportunities and access for underrepresented communities. As the sport’s National Governing Body, Eboni regularly works with board members, volunteers, coaches and staff to support the organization’s equity and outreach efforts. Over the past eight years at USAL, Eboni has worked with leaders nationwide to create resources and implement strategic initiatives to support marginalized communities.
Her work at USA Lacrosse led to her selection as one of The Baltimore Sun’s “Top 40 Women To Watch” in 2014. She was also selected for the DEI Champion Award by the National Diversity Council in 2021. Along with her USA Lacrosse duties, she continues to serve on several prominent boards and committees including the George Washington University School of Business Women in Leadership Program Advisory Council and Texas A&M’s Laboratory for Diversity and Center for Sport Management Research and Education advisory board.
Prior to her work at USA Lacrosse, Eboni coached collegiate lacrosse at Sweet Briar College where she also served as a professor and assistant facilities director. During her time there, she co-founded the Common Ground program designed to support the academic, emotional and socio-cultural adjustment of new minority students to college life at SBC. Prior to that, Eboni served in assistant coaching roles at both Emerson College and Endicott College.
A Maryland native, Eboni was an outstanding athlete at the St. Bonaventure University, where she earned a degree in journalism/mass communications in 2008 and her master’s degree in education from Endicott College in 2010. She was also inducted into the St. Bonaventure Athletics Hall of Fame in 2020.