Thank you to all participants, speakers, and sponsors for a great Sexpertise 2014!
Why talk about sexuality?
How can I communicate what I want?
How does the media influence how we treat each other?
Find the answers to these and other questions at Sexpertise 2014!
Sexpertise brings 3 days of events on sexuality and relationships to the UM Campus. All events are free and open to the public. Sexpertise events showcase leading researchers, inspiring community members and talented U-M peer educators from Sexperteam to bring you the latest in sexuality and relationship information.
Registration is now open for individual Sexpertise sessions (see sessions below). Registration for sessions is not required, but will ensure that you have a seat in the sessions you want to attend! On-site registration will take place if space allows.
Tuesday, February 11, Rackham Amphitheater
7:00 PM: Keynote Event: Creating Change through Sexuality Research and Practice (Register Here)
Sexuality encompasses many aspects of our lives – including our attitudes, behaviors, beliefs, and identities. It’s personal, social, and political. In this keynote address, practitioner Chinyere Neale and researcher Dr. Elizabeth Armstrong will share their perspectives on sexuality work, the promise the sexual health field holds for helping people, and information young adults can use when exploring relationships and sexuality for themselves.
Chinyere Neale is Assistant Director of the Office of Global Health at the U-M School of Public Health and an AASECT-certified sexuality educator. Dr. Elizabeth Armstrong is Associate Professor of Sociology & Organizational Studies with research interests in the areas of sexuality, gender, culture, organizations, social movements, and higher education.
8:45 PM: Sex in the Dark (Register Here)
You’ve got questions? Sexperteam has answers! Join us for a lights-out, anonymous opportunity to ask your sexuality and relationship questions to our panel of qualified “sexperts”! Everyone in attendance gets glow jewelry!
Wednesday, February 12, Michigan League, Vandenberg Room
4:00 PM: Lessons Learned with Dr. Sara McClelland (Register Here)
Young people learn about sex from a young age, but are not always provided with useful, accurate, or relevant information. Dr. Sara McClelland will talk about messages young people learn about sex and sexuality, as well as research on how these early messages impact teens and young adults as they grow up, have sex, and relate to sexual partners.
5:30 PM: Finding Pleasure with Sallie Foley (Register Here)
How can you discover what you and your partners find pleasurable? How can partners communicate openly about their wants? And why is pleasure an important part of sexual health? Find out with Sallie Foley, LMSW!
7:00 PM: Sexy Supplies! with S3 Safe Sex Store (Register Here)
Join Beth Karmeisool, MPH, owner of Ann Arbor’s S3 Safe Sex Store to explore pleasure and sexual health in a fun and interactive workshop. Find answers to your questions about sex play and learn how to select the supplies that are right for you – whether on your own or with partners.
8:40 PM: Kink for Beginners (Register Here)
Thinking of getting acquainted with kink, or curious about BDSM? Start here to learn about safety, communication, and other tips. Participants will learn about basic BDSM concepts and how to safely and respectfully navigate new experiences. Led by Billy Diaz of Sexperteam.
Thursday, February 13, Michigan League, Vandenberg Room
4:00 PM: Sex on the Screen (Register Here)
Images of sex and relationships that we see in the media can dramatically influence our expectations. In this workshop, we’ll dissect some of these messages and explore the impact they have on our sexual health choices and well-being, including body image and self-esteem. Participants will build skills in media literacy. Led by Kellie Carbone, MA.
5:45 PM: Super-charge your Birth Control! (Register here)
Many U-M students use contraception to prevent pregnancy. In this session, participants will learn about which methods are most effective and will gain skills for maximizing the effectiveness of their chosen birth control method. Led by Susan Ernst, MD, Chief of UHS Women’s Health Clinic.
7:00 PM: Mobile Love (Register Here)
Sexting, Snapchat, Tinder - romance has never been more techy. Join staff from UM SexLab: The Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities for a fascinating look at current research on sexting. Plus, learn tools to stay safe and happy during your mobile lovin’!
8:00 PM: Breaking Down the Binary: A Conversation about Identities (Register Here)
In this session, participants will identify a common language to talk about the binary ways in which sexual orientation and gender are constructed in the United States, and the realities that challenge this binary. Through engaging in this workshop, participants will be able to articulate the difference between sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation, be familiar with dominant narratives of sexuality and gender, and learn ways to challenge this binary construction. Facilitated by Sexperteam and TransForm.
In addition to the conference sessions, free HIV testing & prevention counseling will be offered throughout the week.
At S3 Safe Sex Store, 1209 S. University, Ann Arbor (Click here for more information)
-Wednesday, 2/12, 2-6 PM - Test Your Love: HIV testing, games, discounts, & giveaways
-Thursday 2/13, 2-8 PM - HIV testing
Anonymous HIV testing by UHS Wolverine Wellness (Click here for more information)
-At UHS Wolverine Wellness office 2110: Every Monday-Friday, 1-3 PM - Testing by appointment (734-763-1320) or walk-in if schedule allows. Free for UM students, $20 for others.
-At CCRB Wolverine Wellness Office, CCRB Lower Level Rm. 1040: Wednesdays 4:30-6:30 PM - Testing by appointment (734-763-1320) or walk-in. Free; building restricted to UM students and CCRB members.
Sexpertise is produced in partnership with many offices and organizations across the U-M campus, including:
For more details:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 734-647-4659.