Y. Kafi Moragne-Patterson


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  • 30000 Social Intervention: Programs and Policies

Course taught at Dominican University:  

  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment I: Life Course Development

  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment II: Diversity & Oppression

  • Race & Ethnicity in U.S. Social Policy

  • Feminist Approaches to Clinical Practice with Individuals & Families  


Job Experience

  • Director of Student Civic Education, University of Chicago (current role) 

  • Vice President of Program Quality, Innovation & Evaluation, Chicago Scholars

  •  Director of College Success, Chicago Scholars 

  •  Assistant Professor (tenure track), Dominican University School of Social Work, River Forest, IL

  • Student Affairs Administrator, Ctr. for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture, University of Chicago

  • Internship Coordinator, Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, University of Chicago

  • Graduate Intern, Ctr. for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture, University of Chicago 


Fields of Special Interest

  • Identifying Barriers to College Access and Success among Underrepresented Populations; Race & Intersections of Difference; Academic & Racial Identity Formation; Educational Policy; College Match & Undermatch; International Social Work; Qualitative Research Methods; Poverty and Place 



  • Moragne-Patterson, Y. Kafi & Barnett, Tracey. 2017. Experiences and Responses to Microaggressions on Historically White Campuses: A Qualitative Interpretive Meta-Synthesis. The Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, Vol. 44: Iss. 3, Article 2.   

  • Stone, Susan & Moragne-Patterson, Y. Kafi. 2016. The Changing Context of School Social Work Practice. In School Social Work: National Perspectives on Practice in School edited by Sosa, L. V., Cox, T., & Alvarez. New York: Oxford University Press.


  • Clinical Guest Speaker, The Intersection of Secondary Trauma, Violence and Mental Health in the Black Community. Chicago Chapter Charities Foundation’s Annual Power & Purpose Luncheon. Chicago, IL, October, 2018.
  • Panelist, Non-Academic Careers for Social Workers with Ph.D.s, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Chicago, IL, March, 2018.
  • Panelist, Using Intersectionality to Strengthen the Social Worker’s Political Voice. University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration’s Alumni Association. Chicago, IL, February, 2018.
  • Presenter, Using Social Identity to Explore the Relationship Between Campus Experience and Persistence Among Black, Latin@, and Asian Students. Moragne-Patterson, Y. K. & Villarreal Sosa, L. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA, January, 2017.
  • Moderator, The World is the Children’s Classroom: The Black Panther Party’s Oakland Community School. The Black Panther Party @ 50 Series at the University of Chicago. Chicago, IL, December, 2016.
  • Discussant, Criminalization of Communities of Color: The Social Work Response. 8th Annual African American & Latino Symposium at the Dominican University School of Social Work. River Forest, IL, March 2015.