Betsy Clifton Ayankoya

Betsy Clifton Ayankoya
Betsy Clifton Ayankoya
Senior Technical Assistance Specialist
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer
919.962.7313
919.966.7463
Sheryl-Mar North, Room 267
Campus Box 8040
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8040

Betsy Ayankoya, MEd, currently serves as an Associate Director of the Early Childhood TA (ECTA) Center and the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer for the FPG Child Development Institute.

In her role as the EDI Officer, Betsy facilitates the FPG Strategic Plan initiatives related to Culture and Belonging in the workplace. In collaboration with staff and mentors, she coordinates the McKinney Scholars Program in Research, Practice, and Policy, a summer internship program at FPG aimed at supporting students from North Carolina HBCUs. She supports individual FPG projects and staff in examining practices, policies, and behaviors that support an anti-racist and culturally welcoming environment. She facilitates groups and provides training on welcoming diversity, bias, and prejudice reduction, etc.

Betsy specializes in the areas of personnel/workforce development, family engagement, and quality assurance. Betsy has worked with states to evaluate their current personnel and general supervision systems, helping them to identify potential areas for improvement and develop more effective and streamlined processes for ensuring positive outcomes for children and families. Betsy has directed several large national early childhood conferences, working with planners, the Office of Special Education Programs, and other stakeholders to develop opportunities for participants to learn from experts in the field, to learn about evidence-based practices, and to share experiences with colleagues.

As part of ECTA, Betsy leads the work related to disseminating the DEC Recommended Practices and the ECTA Centers' Practice Improvement Tools, including the aRPy Ambassador Initiative, a collaborative partnership between Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (DEC) and the Region B Parent Technical Assistance Center at Parent to Parent of Georgia.

Areas of Expertise:
Early Intervention Programs and Services
Systems Change
Race, Culture, and Ethnicity
Program Evaluation
Professional Development
Education:
• MEd, Special Education, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
• BS, Speech Language Pathology, University of the District of Columbia