Larry (Leo) Davis

The systemic inequities Leo has overcome contribute to his understanding and passion for systemic change in all domains of policy, economic development, and institutional programming. He intends to change the narrative of black fathers impacted by the carceral system and contribute new knowledge as to the significance black fathers have on child mental/health development, social economics, and community stability. The problems Leo seeks to solve are linked to social justice and an effort to develop programmatic solutions, policy, and refined literature that support the growth and development of black fathers, families, and children. Leo’s research embodies the Culture of Health/ social justice framework(s). Research and lived experience will be leveraged to advance the theoretical model(s) he continues to develop (Davis: Fatherhood Support & Recidivism Reduction Model and the Davis: Adolescent Mental Health & Self-Esteem Improvement Model).

Leo is a first-generation college student. He is a servant leader of the community and has overcome both the foster care and mass carceral systems. He has survived homelessness and alcohol dependency, all by the age of 17. Through adversity, he has become an advocate for truth, service, and justice, qualifying him for the HPRS program.


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