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 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 approach 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. Her approach prepares students to work together across 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 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, 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, Chatham Hall, LREI, Ravenscroft School, Tabor Academy, Rocky Hill Country Day School, Stuyvesant High School, Colegio Anglo Colombiano (Bogota, Colombia), New Ulm Public Schools (MN), Twin Schools Sonoma County Schools (CA), Phillips Academy (Andover), UC Merced, Murray State University, UNC School of Medicine, and Université Côte d’Azur (Nice, France).
Other institutional clients include Math for America NYC, EdVisions, U Cincinnati Economics Center, 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.