Tr’Vel Lyons is a doctoral student in the Urban Schooling division of the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSE&IS). Tr’Vel began working with the BMI in 2011 as an undergraduate researcher working with SBME, analyzing Black male enrollment and graduation rates. Following graduation from UCLA in 2014, Tr’Vel earned his master’s degree in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He returns to BMI as a graduate student researcher on the Gateway-to-Graduation project, examining practices that enhance the college experiences and resources of Black men and women at UCLA. His research aims to investigate the effect mentoring and advocacy has on Black male success in K-12.