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As a professor, youth worker, and professional development consultant, I see my role as the DJ -- I get things started with a certain tune (topic) and stay responsive to the participants to keep the energy and conversation going so that more voices are heard and more knowledge is shared and built.

I facilitate workshops that allow participants to examine their own practice and explore new strategies that center inclusive and decolonized arts as part of a transformative educational environment.



FACILITATE.: Testimonials

"I can't recommend Aysha Upchurch enough.  I contracted her to assist my dance company with a conflict we were having in the studio.  Although we had created strong values and a winning mission statement, we had lost our way a bit.  Through her expertise in conflict resolution, she helped us restore unity, trust, and reminded us how valuable our community was.  While working with Aysha, she took the time to get to know our team and was extremely invested in us winning!"

Alana Hill, Elements Urban Arts Collective

Founder & Director


Previous Workshops

Advocating for equitable & inclusive arts instruction


The EdLab Remix

March 2019
Austin, TX

Interactive workshop on radical collaboration framework
(co-presentation with Angie Uyham & Khari Milner)


Continuing the Conversation Summit: Delving into Difference

October 2017
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

"This Body at Work: Reclaiming the Narrative Around the Moving Body"


Partners in Education Annual Meeting

February 2018
Partners in Education
Washington, DC

"Beyond Diversity: Designing for Equity & Cultural Relevance"

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