Brittany Brathwaite is a feminist youth worker and reproductive justice activist from Brooklyn, New York. She is currently a graduate student in Public Health and Social Work at Columbia University in the City of New York. As co-chair of Advocates for Youth’s Young Women of Color Leadership Council she advocates on the national level for the sexual and reproductive rights of young people. Previously Brittany has worked on Capitol Hill as a Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholar in the office of Congressman Ed Towns. She also served as Vice President of SEX SYMBALS, a campus organization dedicated to empowering students of color to live sexually healthy lives at Syracuse University. Most recently, Brittany worked as a community organizer at Girls for Gender Equity she conducted research on the effect of the school-to-prison on girls of color and LGBTQ youth and developed curriculum for the organization’s young women of color youth organizing program.
As a community-accountable scholar and activist, I plan to take the knowledge that I acquire from USCA back to my community to educate, include and empower young people, especially young women of color impacted by and at risk for HIV/AIDS.