Zelaika S. Hepworth Clarke, PhD, MSW, MEd, is a sexuality educator, African-centered social worker, cultural and clinical sexologist, sexecologist, decolonizing autoethnographer, sexosopher and consultant. Zelaika has studied internationally in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Trinidad, Jamaica, Netherlands, Brazil, Barcelona, and Cuba. Zelaika is the first Jamerican (Jamaican-American) to receive three degrees in human sexuality from accredited universities in the United States: Bachelors of Arts from NYU in Sexuality, Culture and Oppression (2007); Masters of Education in Human Sexuality(2012) and Doctorate of Philosophy in Human Sexuality (2015) from the Center for Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University. Dr. Hepworth Clarke specializes in human sexualities, gender and relational diversity, clinical and cultural sexology, African-centered social work, sexuality education, autoethnography, and Ọ̀ṣunality, an African-centered, sex-positive, post-colonial paradigm that affirms diversity in sensuality, sexual pleasure and eroticism. Dr. Hepworth Clarke co-founded a sexuality studies concentration program at Goddard College. Dr. Hepworth Clarke’s passions include increasing critical thinking, sexual literacy, expanding self-awareness and self-reflexivity, empowerment, counter-oppressive discourses, unlearning colonial mentalities, decolonial considerations, mindfulness, justices (social, racial, erotic, epistemic, ecological etc) and healing.
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