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Ericka Hart: Alumni Spotlight

Community Service Leadership Awards are granted to outstanding M.Ed. graduates from the Center for Human Sexuality Studies (CHSS) who have demonstrated significant leadership to the CHSS community and/or through civic engagement with the wider community, related to sexuality programming, research, service, or policy contributions.

Two such awards made annually, for a student in the Sexuality Education track and a student in the Sex Therapy track. We will feature each in a new post.


The award given for the M.Ed. Education track at the recent Graduate Awards Ceremony is for Ericka Hart. Congratulations Ericka!

As a kinky, poly, cancer-warrior, activist, sexuality educator and performer, Ericka Hart has taught sexuality education for six years to audiences ranging from elementary-aged youth to adults across New York City, including teaching at Columbia University. She recently began working as the Director for Education and Youth Programs for the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network, advocating for and serving LGBTQ youth in schools. Her dedication to sexuality education was catalyzed by her service as a Peace Corps HIV/AIDs volunteer in Ethiopia. Diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer in 2014 at the age of 28, she realized that neither her identity as a queer black woman, nor her sex life as a survivor, was acknowledged in her treatment. Since this time, Ericka has become a national possibility model for women of color living with and surviving breast cancer, helping raise awareness around the importance of sexual health-related cancer screenings and insurance coverage. She has engaged in several national campaigns to help challenge systemic patriarchy and anti-black standards of beauty. Ericka’s inspirational story has been featured in national publications, and she is now on a national speaking tour. Ericka lives in Brooklyn, NY with her partner/manager in an apartment full of plants, one of which is named Whitney Houston.