Noah Painter-Davis is a research grantee studying how a prosecutor-led community-based diversion program for juveniles and young adults can reduce ethnoracial inequality in the justice system. He has prepared students for the next stage of their careers, and has mentored four McNair undergraduates and numerous teaching assistants. A relatively early-career researcher, Painter-Davis will use this grant to develop skills to better communicate across differences in perspectives, particularly related to racial-ethnic inequalities as they impact his students. As a White, middle-class, heterosexual male, he acknowledges how his pathway to and development in academia have been facilitated by his statuses and the opportunity structures that privilege his statuses. He aims to enhance mentoring at the institutional level in ways that improve racial-ethnic equity, such as building faculty capacity to mentor across differences and establishing institutional supports that elevate success among junior researchers of color. He will also enhance his skills in mentoring across intersecting minoritized statuses, including multi-racial students. This grant will support Davyd Setter, a biracial Black doctoral student in the department of sociology at the University of New Mexico, whose research focuses on the intersection between social movements, race, and ethnicity. Setter is interested in studying how social movements can inform policies that reduce racial and ethnic inequality. His goals for the mentoring grant include addressing gaps in social movement research in ways that decrease racial and ethnic inequality in youth criminal justice processing; gaining skill sets and experiences that improve his career trajectory and ability to better communicate across differences, including diverse individuals and stakeholders; learning to collect primary quantitative and qualitative data, design qualitative research, and engage in community-based research.
Painter-Davis will use this grant to develop skills to better communicate across differences in perspectives, particularly related to racial-ethnic inequalities as they impact his students.