Yolanda Anyon

Yoli Anyon

Research Professor

What I do

Youth are not problems for social workers to fix. Our job is to build on young people's strengths to engage them as partners in creating personal and social change.


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

Professional Biography

Drawing on critical theories and mixed methods, my research centers the roles of public schools and community organizations in youth development. My scholarship focuses on policies and practices that mitigate or contribute to opportunity gaps, with an emphasis on equity-oriented and youth-led approaches. Current areas of interest include racial disparities in the school-to-prison pipeline, restorative justice, and participatory action research with young people.


  • Ph.D., Social Welfare, University of California, 2012
  • MSW, Children and Families, University of California, 2008
  • BA, Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University, 2000

Key Projects

  • DU-DPS Researcher Practitioner Partnership on Disparities in School Discipline 2017-2018
  • Incorporating Video Storytelling into Trauma-Informed Practice with Low-Income Youth of Color