Luncheon Plenary 

Sexualizing Cancer

Ericka Hart, MEd

June 16, 2018 
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
1 CE

Sexualizing Cancer is a workshop that intends to decolonize the medical industry by exposing the violence caused to Black bodies for the sake of cancer research. Exposing the ways in which black bodies have been used for experiments in the past and the lack of awareness in breast cancer campaigns targeted to Black and brown bodies leading to higher rates of mortality in present day. The workshop has been created for anyone who is interested in decolonizing by reclaiming pleasure/sexuality, with a particular emphasis on breast cancer patients at diagnosis, during treatment, and post-treatment. ‘Sexualizing Cancer’ is also designed to support medical providers/front line staff of hospitals to be inclusive in their services of LGBTQIA+ people.

Ericka Hart (pronouns: she/they) is a Black Queer Femme activist, writer, highly acclaimed speaker and award winning sexuality educator with a Master’s of Education in Human Sexuality from Widener University. Ericka’s work broke ground when she went topless showing her double mastectomy scars at Afropunk Fest 2016. Since then, she has spoken at colleges and universities across the country, been featured in countless digital and print publications including Essence, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Refinery 29, and has a running PSA on Viceland. Ericka’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. Ericka is currently an adjunct at Columbia University’s School of Social Work and calls Brooklyn, her partner and several plants (one of which is named Whitney Houston) home.