Yolanda Anyon

Yolanda Anyon

Associate Professor

What I do

Young people are not problems to be fixed. Even in the most under-resourced environments, we can build on youths' strengths to engage them as partners in creating social change.



children and youth, civic and community engagement, disparities, intervention research, K-12 education, marginalized populations, race and ethnicity, racial justice, school of social work, social justice

Professional Biography

Associate Professor Anyon examines the impact of public schools and community organizations on the developmental trajectories of youth of color. She conducts community-engaged research on policies that contribute to opportunity gaps and practices that reduce the effects of institutional racism. Her current interests include youth participatory action research, racial equity in the school discipline process, and school-wide restorative justice. Through her teaching, Anyon shares new frameworks for understanding social stratification and innovative ways of approaching practice with adolescents. In the area of service, her goals are to increase the capacity of the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work, and local partners to promote equity-oriented and youth-led strategies to advancing social justice.


  • MSW, University of California at Berkeley
  • PhD, University of California at Berkeley

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