Arisika Razak, CNM, MPH Health Care Administration, UC Berkeley 1978, Certified Nurse Midwife, UC San Francisco 1980, is the WSE Program Chair. Arisika is an African-American healer, ritualist, spiritual dancer, and educator who practices an eclectic mix of Earth-based spiritual traditions.
She has worked with indigent women as an inner-city nurse-midwife for more than 20 years, focusing on the lives and cultures of women of color, which has led to her research interest in feminist, womanist, mujerista, and postcolonial epistemologies and worldviews, and in women's health.
Arisika is a diversity trainer and spiritual dancer who leads spiritual and healing workshops. She has performed nationally and internationally; she was the 2008 American Association of Religion-Western Region's conference chair and vice president, and she is the organization's 2009 president.
Her film credits include Fire Eyes (on female genital cutting), A Place of Rage (which profiles Alice Walker, JuneJordan and Angela Davis), and Who Lives Who Dies (on health disparities in the U.S.).
She is interviewed on "womanism" in the film "Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth" (Spring 2013). She has an article "Embodying Womanism: Notes Towards a Holistic and Liberating Pedagogy" that will be coming out in the anthology Ain't I a Womanist Too?: Third Wave Womanist Religious Thought (February 2013). This anthology is available on Fortress: http://bit.ly/TBqgK8 and Amazon: http://amzn.to/SXb6Tk.