Loving the skin you’re in: Breast reconstruction, body image, and body positivity

November 17, 2021

Watch time: 1 hr 22 mins

Racial disparities have been documented in many areas of healthcare, including plastic and breast reconstructive surgery. In this session our experts talk about these disparities and provide practical information that will help you make an informed decision about breast reconstruction, as well as how to improve body image, self-love, and body positivity. 


Speaker Headshot Ericka HartEricka Hart, MEd, (pronouns: she/they) is a black queer femme activist, writer, highly acclaimed speaker, and award-winning sexuality educator with a master’s degree in education in human sexuality from Widener University. Ericka’s work broke ground when she went topless, showing her double mastectomy scars in public in 2016. Since then, she has been in demand at colleges and universities across the country, featured in countless digital and print publications like Vogue, The Washington Post, Essence, and more. They are currently an adjunct faculty member at Widener University’s Center for Human Sexuality. Read more. 

Speaker headshot Julia StevensonJulia C. Stevenson, MD, is a board certified plastic & reconstructive surgeon who was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She is grateful for the unique educational foundation she received from Columbus Public Schools and the Columbus School for Girls. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, with a degree in biology where she is also a graduate of the Freddye T. Davy Honors College. Following her academic career at Hampton, Dr. Stevenson earned her medical doctorate at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and then completed a rigorous 7-year plastic surgery residency at Penn State Hershey. In 2014, she was the first African American to graduate from the distinguished residency program. Read more. 

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