Dr. Y. Kafi Moragne-Patterson

Vice President of Program Quality, Innovation, and Evaluation


(312) 319-7228

As the Vice President of Program Quality, Innovation, and Evaluation at the Chicago Scholars Foundation, Dr. Moragne-Patterson leads the vision, research, and strategy for all current and future programming. Prior to joining Chicago Scholars, Dr. Moragne-Patterson was an assistant professor of social work at Dominican University. Although she is no longer in this role, she continues to research and publish around interdisciplinary issues animating studies of urban education, racial and economic stratification, adolescent identity formation, and educational interventions in marginalized communities. She is specifically interested in the college-going processes of academically ambitious students of color, with particular attention to students who make less than optimal postsecondary institutional selections.

Dr. Moragne-Patterson is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Chicago Urban League’s IMPACT Alumni Association. She also serves on the Women’s Board of the Chicago Urban League and CircEsteem. She earned a BA in Anthropology and Africana Studies from Vassar College, an MSW from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s School of Social Work, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration.