Who We Are


Sikivu Hutchinson


Sikivu Hutchinson, Ph.D. is an educator and writer with a background in gender and social justice youth leadership, professional development and training, as well as research on culturally responsive teaching, black feminism, women of color feminism, sexual violence, humanism and atheism. As founder of the Women's Leadership Project and Young Male Scholars' programs she has successfully assisted first generation, foster care, undocumented, and LGBTQ students of color go on to college and careers.  

Sikivu's books include Imagining Transit: Race, Gender, and Transportation Politics in Los AngelesMoral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars, and the novel White Nights, Black Paradiseon Peoples Temple and the Jonestown massacre.  She has contributed chapters to The Oxford Handbook of Secularism and Gender and Planning from Rutgers University. She is a contributing editor for The Feminist Wire and her articles have been published in the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches, The Humanist Magazine and the L.A. Times. She was a 2014-2015 Visiting Scholar at USC’s Center for Feminist Research and was named Secular Woman's “Secular Woman of the Year" in 2013.  In 2016, she was invited by the State Department to present her work to community-based organizations, educators and journalists in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Limpopo, South Africa.

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Issachar Curbeon

health educator

Issachar Curbeon works as a Health Educator at the Women’s Leadership Project, providing support and creative activities that engage topics of emotional well-being and sexuality. Her passion for exploring intersections of race, gender, class, and health are rooted in her undergraduate studies at The New School in New York City. Issachar has organized events such as “Public Health in Urban Communities” and "Long Hair, Thick Red Bone: Deconstructing Music Videos." She has previously worked with Black Women for Wellness, Transitions Family Violence Center, and the International Rescue Committee. She received the ELLA Fellowship and the Generative Fellowship in 2014 and 2016, which cultivated her use of design skills to counter reproductive oppression faced by Black women and girls. She also co-authored "Step Forward: Addressing the Sexual Harassment of Black girls on High School Campus', which is a facilitators guide for this topic. As a first generation Senegalese-American, Issachar is happy to now call Los Angeles her home. In her free time, she enjoys contact improv and dancing to Afrobeat music.

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Lizeth Soria

mentor educator

Lizeth Soria is a 2012 WLP alum from Gardena High School.  She is currently enrolled in El Camino College and hopes to transfer to UCLA to study child development and Chicano/a Studies. Liz has led workshops and youth forums on AB540/undocumented youth advocacy, intimate partner violence and sexual violence prevention and HIV/AIDS education. In 2016, Liz received the L.A. Urban Policy Roundtable's "Spirit of the Kings" award for her work with undocumented youth and girls of color in South L.A.