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Hil O'Connell (they/them) is a queer, transgender, white, chronically ill & disabled organizer and educator living at the intersection of healing and justice.


I'm Hil O'Connell, an organizer, educator, and consultant working towards queer, trans, economic, and health justice. In addition to my freelance work, I am a graduate student at the Simmons School of Social Work. Before enrolling at Simmons, I was a national organizer with The NewsGuild-Communication Workers of America (TNG-CWA), and a leader within the AccessMatters Union in Philadelphia (occupied Lenape territory). I pivoted to full-time freelance and organizing work in 2021, after working for seven years as a research analyst and educator in the non-profit public health sector. During that time, I was published in the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law and the Journal of Women's Health, and trained more than 1,000 clinicians, counselors, public health workers, non-profit employees, and medical school students in topics like LGBTQ-affirming care, trauma and trauma-informed care, and how to use inclusive and affirming language in care settings.

I graduated from Yale University in 2014 with a BA in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a concentration in Public Health. During my time in the non-profit sector, I also pursued continuing education in trauma-informed practice through the Jefferson Trauma Education Network, the Rutgers School of Social Work, and Lakeside Global Institute.

Updated February 2024COVID-19 remains a deadly threat to people everywhere, especially my fellow chronically ill and disabled comrades. In recognition of my commitment to protecting myself and others during this pandemic, I am available for remote/virtual training and consulting services only.

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