Wendy Osefo, Ph.D
An influential voice in politics, policy, and education, Dr. Osefo is a highly sought after news personality, a Professor of Education at The Johns Hopkins University, and the Founder and CEO of The 1954 Equity Project LLC.
With over a decade of experience, Dr. Osefo is a consultant on issues of equity and access. As a researcher, Wendy examines how race and class influence the learning, achievement, and educational trajectories of African American and other non-dominant students in schools and community settings. Her research on teacher-student allyship is featured in the groundbreaking book I Wish My Teacher Knew by Kyle Schwartz. Dr. Osefo’s latest research explores perceptions of “Blackness” and how it affects student development at Predominantly White Institutions (PWI) following the 2016 Presidential Election, the Baltimore Uprising, and the rise of the Black Lives Matter Movement. She has written extensively on politics and race, and her work has been featured in TED Education, ABC Network, OANN, City Paper, Face2Face Africa, and Nonprofit Quarterly among many others.
Wendy holds a B.A. in Political Science from Temple University, an M.A. in Government from The Johns Hopkins University, and an M.Sc. in Public Affairs from Rutgers University. In 2016, Dr. Osefo became the first black woman to earn a Ph.D. in Public Affairs-Community Development from Rutgers University. Dr. Osefo is a Board Trustee of the Children’s Scholarship Foundation of Baltimore, and a board member for The Education Foundation, The Elijah Cummings Youth to Israel Program and The Obama Green Charter School. Dr. Osefo is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and The National Urban League.
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