DaQuan Lawrence, MIPP, is a graduate assistant in the Center for African Studies and research analyst at a Washington D.C.-based think tank who studies racial disparities in health policy. He is also a Ph.D. candidate in the African Studies department at Howard University. Due to his background in foster homes in NYC he has dedicated his life to assisting and advocating for marginalized individuals. DaQuan has worked on policy programs, research, and human rights advocacy in D.C., Baltimore, Indonesia, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, Liberia, and South Africa. DaQuan utilizes his experience in advocacy, public policy, and public service to lead the nonprofit he cofounded, Strong Men Overcoming Obstacles Through Hard-work, (SMOOTH) Inc., which is a member-based mentoring, social skills and professional development, and community service organization for young males and men of color founded at Morgan State University. DaQuan is a graduate of Morgan State and Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He also contributes to The Hilltop at Howard University and The Afro American Newspapers, the oldest Black collegiate, and oldest Black family-owned newspapers in America, respectively.