Activist Ericka Hart to Deliver SSW Commencement Keynote Address
Black queer femme activist and writer Erika Hart, M.Ed. will be leading the keynote address at the School’s first-ever virtual commencement on August 16, 2020. Known internationally as a highly acclaimed speaker and award-winning sexuality educator, Hart’s work broke ground when she went topless showing her double mastectomy scars in public in 2016. Since then, she has been in demand at colleges and universities across the country, featured in countless digital and print publications including Buzzfeed, Washington Post, Allure, Huffington Post, BBC News, Cosmopolitan, LA Weekly, Vanity Fair, W Magazine, Glamour, Elle, Essence, Fader, Refinery 29 and is the face of three running PSAs on the television channel VICELAND. Hart’s voice is rooted in leading edge thought around human sexual expression as inextricable to overall human health and its intersections with race, gender, chronic illness and disability. Both radical and relatable, she continues to push well beyond the threshold of sex positivity.
Hart is currently an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University’s School of Social Work and the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College.