University Health Service

Poster for Sexpertise

Sexpertise 2017 is coming February 7-9. Check back soon for more information!

How can I communicate about what I want and don't want?
What can I do to improve my sexual health and wellness?
How do identies, the media, and policies shape our sexuality?
Find the answers to these and other questions at Sexpertise 2017!

Sexpertise is a three-day conference from February 7th to 9th, 2017. It engages students, faculty, and community practitioners in discussion and learning about sexuality and relationships. Through a diverse group of sessions, we'll explore topics of interest to the U-M student community including pleasure, culture, wellness, relationships, and more! All events are free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged but not required, and you are invited to attend one, a few, or all sessions!

2016 Schedule of Sessions


Hussey Room, 2nd Floor, Michigan League
6:30 - 7:30 PM: Navigating and Negotiating Pleasure
Erin Martinez, LMSW

Come kick off the start of the conference with this exciting session led by sex therapist Erin Martinez, LMSW.  Learn about sensory exploration, pleasure points, the “mysterious” G spot, masturbation, and how to communicate with partners in order to have more pleasurable sex.  

7:30 - 8:30 PM: Sticky Conversations 
Presented by Sexperteam

Life is full of messes - communication doesn’t have to be one of them.  Whether it is initiating conversations with potential partners on popular dating apps like tinder, talking about STI status, or conversations about relationships and sex, we’ve got you covered with some tips to make the words flow a little easier!

8:30 - 10:00 PM: S3: Safer Sex Supplies
Beth Karmeisool, MPH

Join Beth Karmeisool, MPH, owner of S3 Safe Sex Store to learn about fun ways to explore your sexual health whether in a partnership or flying solo. You can touch and feel all the latest adult products in this interactive workshop. Come with questions!



Hussey Room, 2nd Floor, Michigan League

5:00 - 6:00 PM: Cutting Edge of Sexual Research: Perspectives from the University of Michigan
Dr. Yasamin Kusunoki and Dr. K. Rivet Amico

If you have an interest in sexual research at Michigan, this is the session for you!  Participants will learn about two U-M researchers’ studies and updates, plus the methods used to conduct their sexuality research. Dr. Yasamin Kusunoki studies the sexual and reproductive health effects of intimate partner violence among young women in southeast Michigan, with a focus on unintended pregnancy. Dr. K. Rivet Amico will share her work on behaviors related to HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) medication.

6:00 - 7:00 PM: HIV & Me
Dr. Rob Stephenson

Whether you are HIV positive, an advocate for HIV issues, or you just want to know more, this session is perfect for you! Dr. Rob Stephenson, Vice Chair for Research in Health Behavior and Biological Sciences in the School of Nursing, will give practical advice on how to navigate conversations about HIV status as well as learning about different resources and ways to get involved on campus.

7:00 - 8:00 PM: Seeing Other People: Open Relationships, Polyamory, and More
Amy Jacobs, LMSW
Relationships are not one-size-fits-all. Some people desire to have one partner at a time, while others want to have relationships with multiple people at once. Come explore your options with Amy Jacobs, LMSW, a clinical social worker at UMHS, as she discusses consensual nonmonogamy.  Learn about what consensual nonmonogamy is, what it’s like to be in a consensually nonmonogamous relationship, and how to navigate these experiences for yourself.
8:00 - 9:00 PM: Kink Outside the Box
Presented by Sexperteam

Thinking of getting acquainted with kink, bored with your current bedroom routine or just curious about BDSM? Join us to learn about ways to incorporate kink into your sexual life.  Learn about safety, communication, and other tips. Participants will learn about BDSM concepts and how to safely and respectfully navigate new experiences.



Hussey Room*, 2nd Floor, Michigan League
5:00 - 6:00 PM: Myth Busters: The Stigma Edition
Dr. Terri Conley

Ever wondered which gender experienced desire most? Ever hear a fact about sex or stigma and think to yourself that it just can't be true? This session, led by Associate Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies Dr. Terri Conley, will explore those myths and how they get perpetuated. 

6:00 - 7:00 PM: Creating Complex Characters: LGBTQ Persons in Film
Dr. Candace Moore

Are you a fan of Will and Grace, Modern Family, or the L word? Or just curious to see the evolution of the representation of sexual minorities in film and media?  This session will broadly examine LGBTQ sexuality in moving image media. Dr. Candace Moore, Assistant Professor in Women’s Studies and instructor in Screen Arts & Cultures, will guide participants through historical perspectives and help dissect the messages we see every day. 

7:00 - 8:00 PM: Sexual Trafficking and Slavery: A U.S. Legal Perspective
Katie Reyzis, U-M Law School student

The sale and shipment of human beings is an ancient practice that unfortunately continues today. Human trafficking is common throughout the world and is often strongly connected to sexual trafficking and sexual slavery. Join us to hear more about sexual trafficking and the US legal system from Katie Reyzis, a University of Michigan Law School student working with the Human Trafficking Clinic. Participants will gain insight into the system of sexual slavery, the difficulties of prosecution of offenders in the US and actions we can take to help end this practice

8:00 - 9:00 PM: Sexcapade: A Skill-Building Carnival! 
Presented by Sexperteam - *2nd Floor Concourse, outside Hussey Room

Come one. Come all!  Step right up and get your tickets to experience hands-on learning and fun about sexuality and wellness! Fabulous raffle prizes are an added bonus for attending our concluding event!  Join us to win some great knowledge and gifts as we celebrate the end of Sexpertise 2016!

For more details:

Email, or call 734-647-4659.