The Tufts LGBT Center Presents: A Conversation with Elle Hearns, founder of the Marsha P. Johnson Institute
Elle Hearns is an organizer, speaker, strategist, and writer. Elle’s voice as a strategist community organizer and speaker were formed from her upbringing in Columbus, Ohio as a youth organizer. Ms. Elle currently is the Executive Director of The Marsha P. Johnson Institute an organization founded in 2015 that works to create a crucial entry point for Black transgender women to advocate for an end to violence against all trans people through advocacy, transformative organizing, restoration, civil disobedience and direct action.
Elle operates politically from the perspectives of black nationalism, humanist theory, and black trans theory and practice. She credits Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, and Marsha P. Johnson as her teachers. Their words along with her life experiences are what she credits for politicizing her.
Co-sponsored by the Division of Student Diversity & Inclusion, Office of the Chief Diversity Officers, AS&E Diversity Fund, AS&E Dean of Student Affairs, Office for Campus Life, University Chaplaincy, and Tisch College