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Tanya Jisa

Clinical Assistant Professor
Community Education Coordinator, Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship Lab

Tanya joined the UNC School of Social Work in July, 2020. She graduated from Ohio University and earned an MSW from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. Tanya has worked for a juvenile detention center, a reproductive health clinic, a g,l,b,t,q youth helpline, a federal program serving pregnant women battling addiction, the Region IV Public Health Training Center, Duke University School of Medicine’s Office of Continuing Medical Education, the UNC School of Government, and the UNC School of Law where she assisted in launching their Institute for Innovation. Tanya also founded Benevolence Farm, a social enterprise that provides employment and housing for women returning from prison.

Degrees and Licenses

MSW, Washington University in St. Louis
BGS, Ohio University

Primary Program

Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab

Research and Professional Interests

Social Entrepreneurship
Social Justice
Racial Equity
Cooperative Economics
Prison Abolition
Feminist Social Work Practice

Other Projects

Graduate Certificate in Innovation for the Public Good, Advisory Board Member

Vera Tayeh Innovations and Impact Award


SOWO 831

SOWO 883