Morgan Overton
Homewood Children's Village, University of Pittsburgh Center on Race and Social Problems, Fellow

Morgan is a proud Pittsburgh native, and candidate for a Master of Social Work, with an emphasis in Community Organization and Social Action and a certificate in Human Services Management at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to pursuing Graduate school, Morgan was a Clinical Research Assistant in the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, where she spent two years on a data collection team assessing the development of social function in school-aged children. While she earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Minor in Studio Art also at the University of Pittsburgh, Morgan was involved in various psychology research studies aiming to understand socio-emotional development in infants and toddlers in an urban environment.

In conjunction with her undergraduate academics, Morgan was heavily involved in policy and community organizing at the local and national level. In 2012, she was a fellow for Barack Obama’s Presidential campaign, Organizing for Action. She was also a Legislation and Policy Intern in the office of then-City Councilman Dan Gilman, where she has conducted background research on various social issues, such as the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. While she has a strong background in the behavioral sciences, Morgan believes it is essential to bridge the gap between research and the community, as well as amplify the voices that are typically silenced in society to inform policy, and holistic social change.

Morgan is currently involved in community affiliated organizations - she is a fellow at Homewood Children’s Village, which strives to promote and support socio-emotional development and distributive justice for children and their families, which is amplified through community partnerships. Morgan is also a visual artist and has had her work featured on the Showtime Network, Carnegie Museum of Art, August Wilson Center, North American Indian Center of Boston, and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

She strives to draw from her policy, research, grassroots community organizing, and advocacy experiences to drive forward the empowerment of Black, Indigenous, and marginalized individuals in her career path. Morgan’s love for the city of Pittsburgh drove her to remain home to plant the seeds of social change for racial justice, gender equity, preventative action, as well as to ensure that holds accountability to function as a most livable city for all.