Ayo Magwood (Uprooting Inequity LLC) is an educational consultant specializing in in-depth, evidence-based education on the history, economics, sociology, and psychology of structural racism for both adults and students. These presentations include primary and secondary historical evidence, data, quantitative maps, research studies and original diagrams/images, and each session represents 300-400 hours of research, synthesis, and graphic design work. She prides herself on being able to break down grad-school-level social science research, data, and abstract concepts into engaging, easily comprehensible narrative and visuals.
Ayo is also writing a book on her “ProEquity Framework”(teaser slide deck here), an evidence-based K-12 instructional approach that prepares students to work together across differences in ideology and privilege to analyze the root causes of societal challenges and develop equitable policy solutions that promote the common good. The objective of both these content and pedagogy seminars is to contribute to a return to a “we” society (Putnam, 2021; McGhee, 2021), but this time to one that is inclusive and equity conscious.
Ayo has over 10 years of classroom experience in both majority low-income Black/Latino charter schools and majority high-income White private schools. She has a B.A. in economics and international relations from Brown University and a M.Sc. in applied economics from Cornell University.
Ayo is the author of the book chapter “Why ‘Elite’ Independent Schools Can’t Retain Black and Brown Faculty” in K. Swalwell & D. Spikes (Eds.) Anti-Oppressive Education in “Elite” Schools: Promising Practices and Cautionary Tales, October 8, 2021 (available for pre-order), and co-author of the article “Using Conceptual Tensions and Supreme Court Cases to Increase Critical Thinking in Government and Civics Classrooms”, in Social Education Vol. 77 No. 4, Sep 2013.
Ayo’s passion for anti-racist, civics, and social justice education and her lifelong quest to help people understand the perspectives of others are informed by her personal identity and experiences as a cultural “border crosser.” She identifies as African American and biracial; grew up in East Africa, West Africa and the Middle East; lived and worked in Mexico for 5 years (and returns there every summer); and speaks near-fluent Spanish. Her personal and parenting experiences with mental illness, dyslexia, and ADHD have also influenced her border-crossing perspective on these issues.