so it is better to speak
we were never meant to survive
— Audre Lorde

Elyse Ambrose is a black queer woman.

As a sexual ethicist and educator, Elyse's work lies at the intersections of race, sexuality, gender, class, and spirituality. Currently a Ph.D. Candidate, the desire for her scholarship to impact and be informed by real lives leads to her synergy of theory and practice, namely in the form of phoeniXspark-- a project that, with participants, co-creates healing space centered in the experiences of queer and trans people of color and black women, as well as consulting services for organizations seeking to engage gender and sexuality in more just ways. 

Elyse is a graduate of Howard University (B.B.A, 2007) and of the Interdenominational Theological Center (M.Div., 2013). She is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and currently resides in New York City. 

The values that shape my approaches as an educator and sexual ethicist are expressed in the following pages through the self-defined frameworks of justice and integration.