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H. Sharif Williams

Residency Sites: Plainfield, VT

Dr. Herukhuti [heh-ROO-koo-TEE] is a clinical sociologist, cultural studies scholar, sexologist, cultural worker, and neotraditional African shaman whose work is focused on sexual cultures, Indigenous Wisdom Traditions, and decolonization. Rooted in community, he works in and with African/Diasporic, sexually oppressed, and other marginalized communities as a scholar-practitioner dedicated to and driven by the goals of liberation and social justice.

To that end, he is the founder of two epistemological movements: Decolonizing and Reconstructing Epistemologies (DRE) & Afrocentric, Decolonizing Kweer Theory (ADKT). DRE is a framework for research and practice guided by principles of social and ecological justice as well as a deep appreciation of the value of Indigenous knowledge and wisdom. ADKT is a way of understanding how Blackness and queerness are culturally, spiritually, and sexually interconnected as sources of liberatory power.

A former junior investigator at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute, Dr. Herukhuti’s research is situated at the intersection of sex, culture, spirituality and health. He specializes in narrative research methods including narrative interviewing, oral history interviewing and autoethnography and embodied methods including Tai Chi Chuan, Hatha Yoga and Theatre of the Oppressed. He is an editorial board member of the Journal of Bisexuality and founder of the Center for Culture, Sexuality and Spirituality.

A spiritual teacher and guide initiated in the tradition of Kemet (Ancient Egypt), Dr. Herukhuti is the Hem Netcher Tepi (High Priest) of the Kera Sekhmet Ha Heruhet (Shrine of Sekhmet and Heruhet).  His spiritual education also includes mentorship and training in Sufism and West African spiritual traditions.

Dr. Herukhuti consults for organizations in a variety of areas of organizational life including equity and justice, workplace dynamics, team building, strategic planning, conflict management, program development and evaluation. He is the former co-chair of the board of Global Youth Connect, an international human rights organization for youth, and founder of KHPRA Consulting.

Educational Background:

PhD and MA in Human and Organizational Systems with a concentration in Transformative Learning for Social Justice and specializations in Sexuality and Cross-Cultural Studies of Knowledge Systems, Fielding Graduate University; MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Conflict Resolution and Peaceable Schools, Lesley University; BA in Political Science and Psychology, University of Southern California.