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Northwestern University Women's Center: New Director

Modified: October 4, 2017

The Women's Center is proud to announce Sekile Nzinga-Johnson as the Director of the Women's Center. She joined Northwestern on Tuesday, September 12.

Sekile joined the Women's Center after 15 years of working as a professor in the fields of Social Work, Gender & Women's Studies and Psychology. She is a founding faculty member of Nazareth College's Master's of Social Work program and the founding director of Nazareth College's Women and Gender Studies Bachelor of Arts program. Sekile's engaged scholarship and prior teaching have centered on the intersections of race, class and gender in reproduction and parenting; critical university studies; child welfare & family policy; and gender and labor. She is the editor of Laboring Positions: Black Women, Mothering and the Academy (Demeter, 2013) and is completing her second book manuscript, Lean Semesters: The University as Hyper Producer of Inequity (under contract, Johns Hopkins University Press, Critical University Studies Series).


In addition to her intellectual life, Sekile's social work practice and activist work have focused on Black women's and girls' health and mental health, reproductive health care access, healing from sexual trauma, teen parenting, maternal and infant mortality, youth sexual development, program evaluation, progressive not for profit management, and university-community collaborations. She currently serves as the board chair for the Chicago Abortion Fund, a reproductive justice organization that funds abortion care and works to advance reproductive autonomy and freedom.


Sekile is a member of the Campaign to Save Our Mothers & Babies (CSOMB) and is a former member for the New York State Midwifery Board. She is a past recipient of the University of Illinois at Chicago's Institute for Race, Research and Public Policy Faculty Fellowship.

You may contact her at s.nzinga-johnson@northwestern.edu. 

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