Erica A. Thurman is a writer, speaker and consultant.
Erica is the founder of B-Girls R.A.P., a mentoring and empowerment program for girls and young women. She currently serves as a grant writer for a national women’s advocacy organization. Erica has served as Prevention and Social Change Initiatives Coordinator with a statewide domestic violence coalition. She previously served as Director at YWCA McLean County where she was responsible for the fiscal and programmatic oversight of the Stepping Stones sexual assault program (Medical and Legal Advocacy, Prevention Education and Group and Individual Counseling Services). Prior to joining YWCA McLean County, Erica served as Regional Campaign Coordinator for People Over Politics (American Civil Liberties Union), for the North Florida region, where she helped secure the passage of two state Constitutional amendments.
Born and raised in Chicago, IL Erica is a first-generation graduate of Illinois State University with a B.A. in Philosophy and Women and Gender Studies and completed her graduate studies in their department of politics and government.
Inspired by the works of critical race and feminist legal theorists before her, Erica seeks to encourage dialogue about issues faced by those who sit at the intersection of multiple forms of oppression. Erica serves as a speaker, facilitator, and panelist on race and gender. She presents workshops and lectures on diversity and inclusion, intersectionality, sexual assault prevention and crisis intervention, reproductive justice, privilege and oppression, Hip-Hop political theory, media bias, and the social construction of Women of Color identities.
In addition to contributing to variety of online sources, Erica is the author of, “From Tre Styles to Trayvon Martin: The Implications of Socially Constructed Identities on the George Zimmerman Verdict,” (Re)Teaching Trayvon Martin: Education for Racial Justice and Human Freedom Edited by Venus E. Evans-Winters and Magaela C. Bethune
She is also the author of the forthcoming work, Flashbacks. A play, based on the book will run In spring 2016 with New Route Theatre.