Monday, August 3rd 2020
Race is a well-established social institution, factoring into a wide range of health disparities, including those connected to sexual health. What is less understood, however, is how race has influenced not only present structural disparities, but contemporary experiences of sexuality, particularly those of African descent. Sharing highlights from historical record and present-day research, Dr. Tracie Q. Gilbert invites sexuality and other healthcare practitioners to consider how race informs the sexual development of clients they serve, and evaluate strategies for effectively divesting from these historical effects.
Tracie Q. Gilbert, PhD
Tracie Q. Gilbert, PhD (she/her/Thembi) is an educator, writer, researcher and consultant who uses conversation to help achieve sexual wellness and healing for Black people. Using lectures, interactive workshops and conversation series, Dr. Gilbert works to help Black communities unpack the mental, historical, and cultural barriers that keep them from having honest, productive conversations about sex and sexuality.
Dr. Gilbert has nearly 25 years experience teaching urban youth, young adults, and their advocates. She received her Masters of Science in Education at the University of Pennsylvania, and her doctorate from the Center for Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University. She has taught for several different organizations including Widener, Christiana Healthcare Systems, Evoluer House, the Innovative Learning Institute, and the Center for Sex Education. At present, she serves as the Training and Technical Assistance Manager at Answer in Piscataway, NJ, and conducts direct services through her independent agency, Thembi Anaiya, LLC.