Tamara Leech seeks to gain skills in integrating advanced students into an intellectual community and providing structured support to scholars of color. Amy Irby-Shasanmi, is an African-American doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University. This award will support her postdoctoral work with Leech to examine resilience in low-income communities. They seek to counter the deficit orientation that characterizes much of the literature by studying the processes that enable communities to curb violence.
The Scholars Mentoring Grant was designed to support the professional development of William T. Grant Scholars and help researchers of color reach higher levels on the career ladder.