Education professor’s work centers Black women’s voices in sexual health research

Shemeka Thorpe

As a community health educator, Shemeka Thorpe is flipping the script on explorations of pregnancy prevention and STI-risk. Her work is sex-positive, rather than deficit-based. In turn, she is filling in pieces long missing from what we know about pleasure, pain and communication around sex, as experienced by Black women. She is passionate about giving voice to issues often faced by women, but rarely talked about – even with medical providers.