Meet Your Consultant

Ayo Magwood

Ayo Magwood (Uprooting Inequity LLC) is an educational consultant specializing in in-depth, evidence-based education on historical and structural racism for both adults and students. These presentations include primary and secondary historical sources, data, quantitative maps, research studies and original conceptual diagrams, and each session represents 300-400 hours of research, synthesis, and graphic design work (teaser). She breaks down grad-school-level social science research, data, and abstract concepts into engaging narratives and visuals.

Ayo also trains educators on how to teach about historical and structural racism. Her “ProEquity Framework” (slide deck teaser; blog post overview) is an evidence-based K-12 instructional framework for teaching about structural racism (and other types of inequity) while fostering civic reasoning and discourse skills, perspectives consciousness, and an equity-conscious “we” identity. It prepares students to work together across ideological and identity differences to analyze the root causes of societal challenges and develop equitable policy solutions that promote the common good. The objective is to contribute to a return to a “we” society (Putnam, 2021; McGhee, 2021), but this time to one that is inclusive and conscious of differences in identity and privilege.

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, 2021, 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.

Education clients include Packer Collegiate Institute, Phillips Academy (Andover), Chatham Hall, LREI, Ravenscroft School, Tabor Academy, Rocky Hill Country Day School, Stuyvesant High School, The Siena School, Colegio Anglo Colombiano (Bogota, Colombia), New Ulm Public Schools (MN), Twin Schools Sonoma County Schools (CA), UC Merced, Murray State University, UNC School of Medicine, Middlesex Community College, Hood College, Université Côte d’Azur (Nice, France), Math for America NYC, EdVisions, and U Cincinnati Economics Center.

I have presented on behalf of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), NAIS’ People of Color Conference (PoCC), and New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS).

Other institutional clients include National Children’s Hospital, Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV), Brown University Club of DC, Duke University Club of NY, Critical Exposure, and Greater Atlantic Democratic Women.