Dr. Pinkston is a scholar, activist, and entrepreneur dedicated to uplifting communities in need. He currently serves as the Director of Enrollment Analytics at the University of Illinois, Chicago where he analyzes recruitment and admissions policy. Prior to joining Enrollment, Kevin served as Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Institute of Health Research and Policy. There he reviewed youth mentoring programs for the National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC), an effort funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Dr. Pinkston is the author of several academic articles and book chapters in the topics of social capital and mentoring. As an activist, Kevin has over 10 years’ experience mentoring adolescent males. He is most active as a mentor for the 100 Black Men of Chicago where he served as Academy Leader for the south side mentoring program from 2014 to 2016. Kevin also conducts numerous workshops on youth mentoring and racial attitudes with local and regional organizations. Most recently, he was a panelist for the Illinois Mentoring Partnership Annual Research Symposium to discuss bridging the gap between mentoring research and action. In a culmination of his ultimate passion for putting research into action, Kevin founded an innovative online tool to increase social capital, PowerNetwork. Dr. Pinkston earned his PhD in sociology from the University of Iowa, and bachelor’s degree in psychology from Dillard University.