Scholar Class – 2014
Gregory Davis was raised with his brother by his mother, older sister, grandmother, and uncle in Detroit, MI; a city in perpetual (identity) crisis. In his studies, Gregory uses his training in social psychology, law, and African-American studies to understand the dynamics, philosophies, and policies of diversity and inclusion in higher education. His work centers on making admissions, recruitment, and retention better for all applicants in all levels of higher education. In his work, Gregory strives to make education a welcoming developmental space for all those marginalized by race, sexual orientation, gender, or disability.
At Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, Gregory studied psychology and saw firsthand the makings of queer identity in the urban, Baptist, black South. In 2014, Gregory completed a four-year stay JD/MA joint-degree candidate in Afro-American Studies and Law at UCLA in Los Angeles. There, he devoted much time and effort to understanding the queer experience in graduate education. Much of this work was in collaboration with the Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy. Through Williams, Gregory was the student director of the nation’s only LGBT moot court competition, served as the Editor-in-Chief of The Dukeminier Awards: Best Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law Review Articles of 2013, and as the Gleason-Kettel Summer Fellow, working on HIV/AIDS public policy. After completing the doctoral program in African & African American Studies at Harvard University, Gregory hopes to enter legal academia to write and teach about diversity, admissions and law.