Yolanda (Yoli) Anyon

Yolanda (Yoli) Anyon

Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Social Work

Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Social Work

  • Biographical Description

    • I am dedicated to advancing theory, practice, and policy for low income adolescents of color through community-engaged research, teaching and service. My 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, I am interested in the role of schools and community-based organizations in shaping the life outcomes of disadvantaged youth. My 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 my teaching, I aim to provide students with new frameworks for understanding social disparities and innovative ways of approaching their practice with adolescents. 

  • Current Projects

    • Spotlight on success: Educational professionals' perspectives on effective school discipline.

      The “Spotlight on Success” research project will identify strategies and interventions used by 36 DPS schools to meet the district’s goals of reducing and maintaining out-of-school suspension rates to 0-3% for all students, and reducing and maintaining out-of-school suspension rates to 0-3% for Black students in particular.  The overall goal of the study is to highlight schools’ successes and identify best practices that can be used by educators.

    • Taking restorative practices school-wide: Insights from three schools in Denver

      This research project was initiated by the Denver School Based Restorative Justice Partnership (DSBRJ), a collaboration between the youth and parent group, Padres y Jóvenes Unidos, the national racial justice organization, Advancement Project, Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA), Denver Public Schools (DPS), the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver (DU) and the National Education Association (NEA). The aim of this study is to us document the success of three schools in Denver that have implemented restorative practices and identify models or strategies to share with others who are seeking to replicate, scale and sustain school-wide restorative justice programs. 

    • Youth Engaged in Leadership and Learning at the Bridge Project

      The aim of this study is to assess the impact of youth-led particiaptory action research projects on early adolescents' sociopolitical development.

    • Implementation measures for school-wide social emotional learning practices

      This study will develop reliable and valid tools that capture a range of the most common school-wide approaches used by Denver schools to promote social emotional learning, resolve conflicts, and minimize the use of exclusionary discipline practices. Data will be used to improve district supports and inform site-specific planning.

This portfolio last updated: Dec 31, 2016 2:50:29 PM