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Dr. Joy Lile

Dr. Joy Lile

Joy Lile is originally from Columbia, Missouri, and moved to Washington State to attend Evergreen State College. She is married to Mathew Morgan, and along the way, Joy obtained a Master's and a Doctoral in Human Development and Family Studies from Oregon State University. Dr. Lile is a qualitative researcher, community and university educator, academic writer, and advocate for communities experiencing racial and economic disparities.

Dr. Joy Lile is currently a Community Prevention Specialist at the Washington Department of Children, Youth, and Families, supporting and strengthening families to prevent child maltreatment and foster care entry. Dr. Lile's expertise in participatory research and passion for racial equity and social justice drew her to the work of VOPIN. In 2017, she developed and implemented the "Tofasaili (to study closely)" community survey on how to best support and uplift PI students and families in Puget Sound. The fantastic work relationship between Dr. Lile and VOPIN has made the PI community more relevant in the discussions on educational and opportunity inequities. Dr. Lile is VOPIN's Vice-chair and has been on the Board for several years.

She likes to hike and camp in the Olympics in her spare time with her husband and two cats. Dr. Lile also likes to garden and read if she's not busy doing research work.