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Sexpertise 2017 is coming February 7-9! See below and our Facebook event for more info!

Register for sessions here.

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 identities, the media, and culture 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!

2017 Schedule of Sessions

Registration is now live! It is optional but reserves your spot in sessions; day-of attendance is permitted as space allows.


Michigan Room, 2nd Floor, Michigan League


6:30 - 7:30 PM: Pleasure: Giving and Receiving​

Erin Martinez, LMSW

Sexual pleasure can benefit our physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Sex Therapist Erin Martinez kicks off Sexpertise 2017 with a presentation on navigating and negotiating sexual pleasure for a variety of encounters. Learn about sensory exploration, the mysterious “G-spot”, navigating casual interactions, masturbation, communication, and more!

7:30 - 8:30 PM: Session Cancelled Due to Illness

Tuesday's session on Transgender Sexual Health Disparities by Laura Jadwin-Cakmak, MPH will be cancelled due to illness. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you'll be able to join us for other sessions!

8:30 - 9:30 PM: Sexy Supplies


Presented by Sexperteam


Curious about learning about how to explore your sexual health, whether with partners or by yourself? Join us in this interactive workshop that will help you learn about safer sex items as well as items to increase pleasure! Participants will be able to touch and feel a variety of sexual health products.



Michigan Room, 2nd Floor, Michigan League


5:00 - 6:00 PM: Sex Around the World

Allison Alexy, Ph.D., Paul Fleming, Ph.D., MPH, and Frieda Ekotto, Ph.D.

There is great variety in how sex and sexuality are expressed and perceived in different cultures around the world. A panel of experts from the University of Michigan will explore the many ways that culture can affect how sex, sexuality, and sexual health are addressed in several areas of the world.

6:00 - 7:00 PM: deSTIgmatize!

Laura McAndrew, MPH

We often take for granted that sexually transmitted infections (STI) are something we want to avoid. But what if our negative attitudes about STI are oppressive, or even contribute to the incidence of those infections? Join Laura McAndrew, MPH for a feisty-yet-loving unpacking of STI stigma – how we perpetuate it, why it matters for health and wellness, and what to do about it.

7:00 - 8:00 PM: We Are Who We Are: Sexualities, Gender, and Attractionalities

Jennifer Rubin, MS

Do you or someone you know identify as gender nonconforming? Are you curious about the difference between sexuality and attractionality, and how these identities may intersect with one’s gender? Have you ever wondered about how assumptions of sexuality are spread in our culture, starting the moment we are born? Join us in learning about these identities and more!

8:00 - 9:00 PM: Ins and Outs of Kink

Presented by Sexperteam

Are you interested in kink and BDSM? Whether you are thinking of getting acquainted with kink or increasing your knowledge about it, this session is for you! Participants will learn about introductory kink and BDSM concepts and how to safely and respectfully navigate these experiences.   



Michigan Room, 2nd Floor, Michigan League


5:00 - 6:00 PM: Make It Click

Jeffrey Lockhart, MS, MPhil

Have you ever wanted to know how to approach online dating or become better at it? Dating websites, apps, and other services such as Tinder, Grindr,, eHarmony, and OkCupid have soared in popularity in recent years. Come to this session to build your understanding of the social dynamics of online dating.

6:00 - 7:00 PM: Rape Culture 101

Elizabeth Armstrong, PhD

"Rape culture" loosely refers to the societal normalization of sexual assault and abuse. Join Dr. Elizabeth Armstrong, professor in Sociology to hear more about rape culture and its related societal attitudes around gender and sexuality. Participants will learn about the roots of rape culture and how to challenge it in your community!

7:00 - 8:30 PM: Sexcapade: A Skill-Building Carnival! 

Presented by Sexperteam

Come one! Come all! Do not miss the opportunity to experience hands-on learning and fun about sexuality and wellness! Join us to win some great knowledge and gifts as we celebrate the end of Sexpertise 2017!  


For more details:

Email, or call 734-647-4659.