Research focus is minority student achievement, strengths-based social policy, and empowering community settings. Recently co-edited Empowering settings and voices for social change (2010). Recipient of the American Psychological Association Presidential Citation for career-long devotion to empowering citizens in communities and promoting minority achievement. Received the Distinguished Contribution to Theory and Research Award, Society for Community Research and Action from the American Psychological Association, Division 27. Senior program evaluator for the Meyerhoff Scholars Program; MARC U Star Program; LSAMP Program and Graduate Meyerhoff Program. Co-founder of the Ethnic and Cultural Diversity Committee, Department of Psychology.