Tr’Vel Lyons

Tr’Vel Lyons is a first year 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.

BMI Staff

Tyrone Howard, Ph.D.
Founder & Director

Samarah Blackmon, Ph.D.
Associate Director

Rachel Thomas
Program Coordinator 

LaJuana Richards
Program Coordinator

Student Affairs Liaison

Kevin Dougherty, Ed.D.
Student Affairs Liaison 

Graduate Researchers

Anthony Tróchez, Doctoral Candidate
Graduate Student Researcher 

Bianca Haro, Doctoral Candidate
Graduate Student Researcher – HAMP

Kenjus Watson, Doctoral Candidate
Graduate Student Researcher – Lumina; HAMP

Daniel Harris, Doctoral Student
Graduate Student Researcher – G2G Project

Earl J. Edwards, Doctoral Student
Graduate Student Researcher

Travis Dumas, Doctoral Student
Graduate Student Researcher – Lumina

Tr'Vel Lyons, Doctoral Student
Graduate Student Researcher – G2G Project

Joanna Navarro, Undergraduate
Undergraduate Student Researcher Assistant