Sikivu was awarded the Backbone Award by the Secular Student Alliance Check it out here:
The SSA Backbone Award is given to an individual within the secular movement who is a guide and inspiration to secular students and student groups. This person has demonstrated a passion and commitment to the Mission, Vision, and Values of the Secular Student Alliance. In 2016, we are proud to be able to offer this award to Sikivu Hutchinson, Ph.D., who is an educator, writer and senior staff at the L.A. County Human Relations Commission. As coordinator of the Women’s Leadership Project and Young Male Scholars’ youth programs she has successfully assisted first generation, foster care, undocumented, homeless and LGBTQ students of color go on to college and careers. Her books include Imagining Transit: Race, Gender, and Transportation Politics in Los Angeles(2003), Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars(2011), and the novel White Nights, Black Paradise (2015), which follows the Peoples Temple and the Jonestown massacre. She is a contributing editor for The Feminist Wire and her articles have been published in theWashington Post, the Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches and The Humanist Magazine. 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. Sikivu has done a lot of amazing, valuable, and forward-thinking work within the movement and we are elated that we are able to recognize her for all of that hard work.