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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Yolanda (Yoli) Anyon

Assistant Professor
PhD, PPSC, University of California, Berkeley


  • Racial and ethnic disparities in education, health, child welfare and juvenile justice
  • Positive and community youth development approaches in practice
  • School-based and school-wide prevention programs
  • Institutional and social reproduction theory
  • Mixed methods


As a social work scholar, Assistant Professor Yoli Anyon is dedicated to advancing theory, practice and policy for low-income adolescents of color through community-engaged research, teaching and service. Her work is organized around four general areas of inquiry: theory development, racial disparities in education, school-based interventions and positive youth development approaches. Across these topics, she is interested in the role of schools and community-based organizations in shaping the life outcomes of disadvantaged youth.

Anyon’s goal is to generate research that informs policies and practices to reduce institutional contributions to inequity and help young people develop resiliency to stressors associated with racism and poverty. Through her teaching, she aims to provide graduate students with new frameworks for understanding social disparities and innovative ways of approaching their practice with adolescents.

See Web page and CV.