Meet a Short-Term Fellow: Ebony Adedayo


Ebony Adedayo
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
College of Education and Human Development
University of Minnesota Twin Cities

IAS Short-Term Fellow, The Mission of the Land Grant/Land Grab University


Ebony Adedayo is the founder of the Aya Collective, a space that centers the expertise and experience of Black women. In this work, she has gathered Black women around writing, education and training, and spiritual practice. In 2020, Ebony launched the Aya Collective’s first online writing cohort, Fragmented and Whole, as well as hosted a summer teach-in series, Talking Back which featured four Black women scholars and thinkers sharing their work as it pertains to identity, politics, culture, and spirituality. In 2021, Ebony hosted the Aya Collective’s #BlackWomenWriting series featuring 6 Black women authors with recently published work.

Ebony is also a doctoral student at the University of Minnesota in Curriculum and Instruction, with minors in Culture and Teaching and African American and African Studies. She holds a Master of Arts in Global and Contextual Studies from Bethel Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Studies from North Central University. She is the author of the recently published books, The Gospel According to a Black Woman and Incomplete Stories: On Loss, Love, and Hope. Both books can be purchased at


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