Meet Eric Blackerby
A graduate of Stanford University, Eric uses scholarship and art to take an honest, active and lighthearted approach to equity work.
Eric’s passion for justice was ignited early. As a teenage Stanford student, he created a service-learning course to study recidivism within the US prison system. After securing a grant from the Haas Center for Public Service, he led 20 other students on a week-long Alternative Spring Break trip to teach computer coding to at-risk youth in Portland, Oregon.
As a professional, Eric’s journey has taken him from content marketing and project management roles at record labels and tech startups, to writing, producing, and directing. His work has been performed on MTV and Nickelodeon, and has been featured in media outlets like HYPEBEAST, TIME and Entertainment Weekly.
An energetic and enthusiastic advocate for the transformative power of storytelling and other artforms, Eric believes that art is how we record what is worthy, and omit that which we deem unworthy and forgettable. Therefore, Eric uses art as a tool to cultivate the courage required to reflect upon and critique our dominant cultural norms. Furthermore, art acts as a doorway into one’s own capacity to imagine and immerse oneself in scenarios beyond our own lived experiences
By creatively utilizing active participation activities, Eric engages groups and supports the formation of new, equitable practices and cultures that welcome everyone – unconditionally.
He has led workshops and events across the US and internationally in France, England and Brazil using interactive problem-solving activities to engage participants, and foster deeper understanding and lasting equity skill development.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Eric has lived abroad in London, England, and Paris, France, and across the US, from San Francisco to New York City. Additionally, Eric loves history, poetry, prose and playing pick-up basketball.