About Us

Mawiyah Patten

Alabama State Organizer

Mawiyah (she/her) is a macro social worker, a reproductive justice advocate, a sexual health educator, and a writer. She was born and raised in southern California, yet she has always had strong ties to the south; her parents and grandparents grew up in North Carolina, a state that Mawiyah called home for 5 years before moving to her current home in Montgomery, Alabama. Mawiyah received her bachelor’s degree in human biology from the University of California, San Diego, and her master’s of social work from UNC Chapel Hill. She has 6 years of experience working for racial and reproductive justice; she has worked with children, parents, high school and college-aged youth both within and outside of school settings. Nothing brings her more joy and satisfaction than seeing young people find their voices for self-advocacy and social justice. Before coming to URGE, Mawiyah worked with Latinx youth at El Pueblo, Inc. in Raleigh, NC, to co-create a reproductive justice program focused on incorporating intersectionality, sex positivity, and taking action. Mawiyah is most passionate about challenging and dismantling systems of oppression, as it relates to race, class, gender, and sexuality. She is also passionate about good food, drink, and company. She misses the Pacific Ocean everyday, but she also loves the verdant beauty of the southeast.