In addition to being a political commentator, philanthropist, and public affairs expert, Wendy Onyinye Osefo appears on The Real Housewives of Potomac. Nevertheless, she is often misunderstood as a professor. According to her profile, she works as an assistant professor at the John Hopkins School of Education.
According to her institution, her research examines the impact of race and class on educational achievement and the trajectory of different students in learning institutions and community settings. Additionally, she studied the relationship between equity, race, and vulnerable students in postsecondary and K-12 learning environments.
The Director of Family and Community Engagement at the institution created and enforced engagement strategies that were culturally sensitive and parent-oriented before joining the institution. She also launched a complete adult education center in northeast Washington, D.C.
Wendy said, “Let’s normalize being honest about our ignorance. Even with four degrees, we should ask questions. Nobody knows everything.”
She was the first director of the Goucher College Master of Arts in Management Program because of her work developing the adult education program. Moreover, she has more than ten years of experience advocating for vulnerable children and families. Also, in Washington, D.C., she worked as an analyst for the Attorney General’s office.
Along with her policy expertise, she regularly offers commentary and assessments on politics on national TV networks such as ABC, CNN, and Fox News. Additionally, she produces print media, podcasts, and roadshows about politics and race. For her role as a journalist, she received the Black Women in Media Awards in 2018. In addition, she was honored with the Johns Hopkins Diversity Recognition Award, the Outstanding Recent Graduate Award, and one of 25 Women To Watch.
In Baltimore, she serves on the Children’s Scholarship Foundation board of trustees. Additionally, she sits on the boards of The Education Foundation, the Obama Green Charter School, and The Education Foundation, Congressman Elijah Cummings Youth to Israel Program. The National Urban League member is usually involved in national discussions on social equity, urban education, and leadership.
In one of her Twitter interactions, she said that even with her four degrees, there were a lot of things she did not know about. Tears of My Mother was another book she wrote. Throughout the development process of her projects, she kept her fans updated. She said, “Long nights and early mornings working on [Tears of My Mother]. Always document your journey, so you’ll know how far you’ve come when you reach your goal!”.
Wendy examines how race and class affect African American learning, achievement, and educational trajectory and those of other non-dominant students in schools and communities. The latest research by Dr. Osefo examines the impact of the 2016 presidential election on minority populations and the role of inclusion and asset-based strategies in higher education.
The 1954 Equity Project’s Founder and CEO developed and implemented the organization’s strategic vision. Providing students with navigational capital to survive and thrive in academia as their authentic selves is the 1954 Equity Project’s goal. The 1954 Equity Project uses the Osefo Equity Framework to build a community with underrepresented minority students in universities. The community allows students to share their lived experiences, identify and navigate microaggressions encountered on campus, and work collaboratively with school administrators to co-create equitable solutions to address issues of inequality.
Wendy received a B.A. in Political Science from Temple University, a Master’s degree in Government from The Johns Hopkins University, and a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from Rutgers University. In 2016, Osefo became the first black woman to receive a Ph.D. in Public Affairs-Community Development from Rutgers University.
Dr. Osefo has received several awards, including the 2018 Black Women in Media News and Journalism Award, the 2018 Woman of Vision Award, a 2017 Johns Hopkins Diversity Recognition Award, the 2017 Johns Hopkins University Outstanding Graduate Award, a Baltimore Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree, and a 25 Women To Watch honoree.
How do you become the best version of yourself?
You can achieve anything. Obstacles motivate me to work harder toward achieving my goals. Receiving a “no” is often discouraging.
How would you like to proceed?
To make a positive impact on the world that my children can benefit from. I dream of making the world a better place for marginalized groups.
What has been my biggest success?
Raising my children. My greatest accomplishment in my lifetime, whatever else I do, is them.