Heather Hackman received her doctorate in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2000. For the next 12 years she served as an Assistant and Associate Professor in the Department of Human Relations and Multicultural Education at St. Cloud State University. While at SCSU she taught courses on social justice and multicultural education, heterosexism and homophobia in the US, race, and racism in the US, social justice education, and oppression and social change. In 2005 she founded Hackman Consulting Group and began to consult nationally on issues of equity and social justice with an emphasis on issues of racism and whiteness, gender oppression, climate justice, classism, and heterosexism/homophobia. In 2012 she resigned from SCSU to consult and train full time and now addresses a wide array of equity and social justice issues in myriad contexts such as education, government, non-profit, philanthropy, for-profit, and communities of faith.
Dr. Hackman has published in the area of social justice education theory and practice, sexism and gender liberation in the widely read Readings for Diversity and Social Justice, racism in health care (with Stephen Nelson), whiteness and climate change, whiteness and trauma (with Susan Raffo), and has contributed chapters to Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice (2015) and The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys (2017). Dr. Hackman is also currently working on two books, one examining embodied racial justice (Routledge) and another addressing anti-racism professional development training for E-12 professionals (Routledge). In 2009, she was awarded a Research Fellowship with the Great Place to Work Institute and has developed workplace racial equity training rubrics augmenting GPTWI’s frameworks. She received the Kappa Delta Pi “Professor of the Year” award four times while at St Cloud State and is nationally known for her teaching and training. She has served on boards for several social justice organizations, participated in numerous professional committees focused on social justice work, and was an Advisory Board member for the White Privilege Conference.