SEW Consulting collaborates with youth and adults, organizers and educators, researchers and funders to develop initiatives, activities and materials that are informed by collective knowledge, creative visioning and a commitment to justice.
"Susan has an incisive approach to organizational strategy, and her knowledge of social justice education and keen understanding of the dynamic contexts in which social change organizations work cannot be overstated. She facilitated an effort to operationalize our new mission and strategic plan. Her embedded approach built off the team’s existing expertise and was a refreshing contrast to more traditional consultancies. The result is a set of programs and processes tightly aligned with our core values and historic best practices, and the creation of an array of frameworks and rubrics that have been integrated into our ongoing planning.
Candice Anderson, Executive Director, Cool Culture
“It’s no exaggeration to state that Susan is one of the most innovative thinkers in education and human developoment. She has this elegant ability to succinctly and lovingly guide widely different perspectives in pursuit of a collective goal, whether it be young people, adult teachers, artists, or academics. She starts with each person’s humanity and the brilliance folds out from there generously.”
Leigh Patel, Educator, writer, sociologist
“Susan is the quintessential educator, a leader who has mastered the art of teaching. Whether designing leadership programs and curriculum for schools and youth organizations, facilitating workshops on critical social issues, or training educators on best practices, she is a true expert. Equally impactful in a university classroom, a community organization, or mentoring one-on-one, Susan has the ability to connect with people, tapping into their natural love of learning and encouraging them to develop their moral compass, critical thinking and potential.”
Jason Warwin, Co-Founder, The Brotherhood/Sister Sol
“Susan is a transformer. She led our team through a process of collaborative creation. The year after we finished our work with Susan, our program was recognized by the White House as one of the top 10 out-of-school programs in the nation. I know for a fact that our work with her, got us there. Whatever she touches is changed–more powerful, more impactful and more purposeful.”
Robyne Walker Murphy, Former Director Out of School Program, DreamYard Project
“I am impressed by Susan’s intellectual rigor, curiosity and creative thinking, as well as her skills in communicating with diverse audiences with respect and good humor. Her facilitation demonstrates a keen sensitivity to the cultural and stylistic differences among diverse groups and creates a space for all to participate fully. Her poised and direct style were crucial to our event’s success and successfully laid the foundation for Atlantic’s efforts to stimulate global learning about youth leadership practice.”
Kavitha Mediratta, former Chief Strategy Advisor, The Atlantic Philanthropies
Select list of recent & upcoming events
September 2019-August 2020 – Recipient of Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (Teachers Becoming Learners of Cultural & Linguistic Diversity in Ghana ) with Jamila Lyiscott, Keisha Green & Patricia Nunley
27-30 August 2019 – Nneka Youth Foundation World Changers Camp (Ve Agobome, Volta Region, Ghana) - On-site participation at and consulting for an enrichment program targeting rural junior high school aged youth
11-14 July 2019 – Free Minds Free People (Minneapolis/St. Paul) - a 4-day, bi-annual conference bringing together youth, organizers, teachers, parents & researchers to build solutions to and a movement around pressing educational issues. Coordinated launch of 12 Years Free!, an installation and reflection on the conference's history and future and member of Coordinating and Documentation & Evaluation Committees
April 2018 – Certified in Mental Health First Aid (New York State)
6-9 July 2017 – Free Minds Free People (Baltimore) - Member, Coordinating & National Special Events Committees
24 March 2017 – Art as Social Justice Roundtable (New York) – invited participant in a convening of arts educators, curators and activists hosted by the Brooklyn Museum of Art Education Department.
16 January 2017 - Art as a Weapon Conference (New York). Panelist on closing discussion on how art can be used resist oppression and fight for justice. Presented by DreamYard Project
8 August 2015 – African Youth Excellence Awards (Worcester, MA) – Panelist on “Surmounting Obstacles and Achieving Success as a Young African in the Diaspora” and presenter at the 3rd Annual AYE Awards
4-6 June 2015 – Bɛnpaali Young Filmmakers Festival (Accra, Ghana) – Co-founded/co-produced with Rebecca Oheneasah Hesse an annual festival that merges heritage and art as a forum for young artists to showcase stories that matter while learning from scholars and more seasoned artists. Bɛnpaali was produced in partnership with the University of Ghana, NAFTI and the US Mission in Ghana.
5-16 January 2015 – Field School (Dodowa, Ghana) – A 12-day archaeology and ethnography immersion experience for 4th year students in the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, University of Ghana
22 June 2014 – Ghana’s Heritage and Identity Crisis (Accra, Ghana) – Discussant with Dr. Zagba Narh Oyortey (Executive Director of Ghana Museums and Management Board & National Museum of Ghana) on Ghana’s Heritage and Identity Crisis in a talk moderated by Professor Kodzo Gavua (Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, University of Ghana) – taped at the National Museum of Ghana for Joy-TV