Zelaika S. Hepworth Clarke

Faculty, Undergraduate Studies
Residency Site: Plainfield VT

Email
zelaika.clarke@goddard.edu

Biography

Zelaika S. Hepworth Clarke MSW, LSW, LMSW, MEd, PhD, is a sexosopher, sexual epistemologist, cultural and clinical sexologist, sexecologist, African-centered social worker, and decolonizing autoethnographer. Dr. Clarke has studied internationally in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Trinidad, Jamaica, Netherlands, Barcelona, and Cuba. In 2014, Dr. Clarke conducted decolonizing research in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, which focused on exploring Ọ̀ṣunality, an African-centered, sex-positive, post-colonial paradigm that affirms diversity in sensuality, sexual pleasure and eroticism. Dr. Clarke is committed to undoing negative effects of colonialism while combating internalized oppressions; healing; the decolonization project; human empowerment; sexual-sensual liberation; intersectional mindfulness; expanding consciousness; self-knowledge; self-reflexivity; self-actualization; counter-oppressive discourses; critical thinking; empowerment; and increasing sexual epistemic justice and diversity. Dr. Clarke holds multiple certificates, include a certificate from the National Academy for African-Centered Social Work.

Education

PhD, Human Sexuality, Widener University
MSW, Widener University
MEd, Education in Human Sexuality
BA, Sexuality, Culture and Oppression, Gallatin School of Individualized Studies, New York University

Areas of Expertise

Human Sexuality, Sexuality Education, Ethnography, Gender and Sexuality, Social Work, Cultural Studies

Publications

  1. Intellectual Biography of Amy Jacques GarveyNABSW National Academy for African-Centered Social Work2014

Presentations

National Sexuality Education Conference – Atlantic City, NJ; December 2016
Topic: Decolonizing our Sexuality Education

Society for Scientific Study of Sexuality Conference – Phoenix, AZ; November 2016
Topic: Decolonizing Autoethnography as Revolutionary Sexual Science

Sex Down Under Conference – Atlanta, GA; October 2016
Topic: Non-Phallocentric Sex