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 of color. She currently serves as a grant writer with a national women’s advocacy organization. Erica has also served as Prevention and Social Change Initiatives Coordinator with a statewide domestic violence coalition and 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 additionally 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. She studied law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Erica’s areas of research interest are motivated by the desire to bridge the gap between the theoretical and concrete realities of underprivileged and underserved people. Inspired by the works of critical race and feminist legal theorists before her, Erica seeks to encourage dialogue on issues faced by those who sit at the intersection of multiple forms of oppression. Erica has served as a speaker, facilitator, and panelist presenting 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. A former high school dropout and teenage mother, Erica’s personal passion for serving girls is fulfilled through providing workshops and curriculum development for girls’ empowerment and youth programs.