Jeffrey Opaleye is a second-year doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at Texas A & M University (TAMU). His research interests include race & ethnicity, marriage & family, urban poverty, and disparities in education. Actively engaged in scholarship and research, Jeffrey seeks to produce influential work that enhances the disciple of Sociology as well as make a profound impact on the lives of people. Currently, he is a research assistant on a study that investigates the experiences of African American students in doctoral programs. In this study, he analyzes the impact of faculty mentorship on the scholarly productivity of African American doctoral students. He recently co-presented this research at the 46th Annual Association of Black Sociologists Meeting in Memphis, TN. In addition to being a graduate teaching assistant at TAMU, Jeffrey is a mentor who provides support to undergraduate students, volunteers by giving back to the homeless, and teaches Sociology courses at multiple institutions in the Houston area. Furthermore, he holds memberships in the following organizations: Alpha Kappa Delta – The International Honor Society of Sociology and the Association of Black Sociologists. Jeffrey also engages in institutional service, as he is a committee member on The Minority Initiative Committee at Lone Star College to improve the educational experiences of all students and is a committee member on the Woodson Black Awareness Committee at TAMU. In the Fall of 2016, Jeffrey was awarded a fellowship from the Texas A & M Center on Disability and Development for the Leadership Training for Diversity to assist with improving the lives of individuals with disabilities. It is with great determination that Jeffrey hopes to acquire as much knowledge and research skills from the Center on Disability and Development to be a better advocate for those who face adversities because of disabilities.