As a social work scholar, I am dedicated to advancing theory, practice, and policy for low income adolescents of color through community-engaged research, teaching and service. My work is organized around four general areas of inquiry: theory development, racial disparities in education, school-based interventions, and positive youth development approaches. Across these topics, I am interested in the role of schools and community-based organizations in shaping the life outcomes of disadvantaged youth. My goal is to generate research that informs policies and practices to reduce institutional contributions to inequity and help young people develop resiliency to stressors associated with racism and poverty. Through my teaching, I aim to provide students with new frameworks for understanding social disparities and innovative ways of approaching their practice with adolescents.