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Sexpertise 2019 is coming February 12-13! Schedule and optional registration info below!

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, policy, and culture shape our sexuality?
Find answers to these and other questions at Sexpertise 2019!

Sexpertise is a two-day series of workshops on February 12th and 13th, 2019, planned by and for students. It engages students, faculty, and community practitioners in discussion and learning about sexuality and relationships through a social justice lens. We'll explore topics of interest to U-M students including empowerment, identities, 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!

2019 Schedule of Sessions

Registration is optional but encouraged! Reserve your seat in Sessions @ Michigan.



Kalamazoo Room, 2nd Floor, Michigan League

5-6:30 PM: Safe, Pleasurable Experiences: Negotiating the Sexual Experiences You Deserve

with Erin Martinez, LMSW

Erin Martinez, Clinical Social Worker, Certified Sex Therapist and Sex Educator will investigate sexual pleasure and intimacy from a lens of exploration, education, justice and awareness. Audience members will be invited to consider how self-image, cultural expectations and body shaming/misinformation can influence biological and psychological desire. Neurological differences related to inhibition and excitement will be discussed as well as considerations on how to make adaptations to influence the sexual accelerator and brake. The presentation will offer multiple tools to navigate interest, pleasure and communication including the sexual timeline, body mapping, masturbation and creating an erotic template.

6:30-8 PM: Talking IRL: Navigating Communication and Consent in a Hookup Culture​

with Naomi Rawitz, LLMSW

This session will engage participants in an exploration of communication and consent in today's Hookup Culture. Participants will have the opportunity to identify unwritten rules about communication in Hookup Culture and consider how social identities may impact experiences of communication and consent. This session will provide mindfulness skills for identifying and communicating personal needs, desires, and boundaries both in hookups and other sexual contexts.

8-9:30 PM: Masculinity: What Are We Talking About & How Can We Talk About It?​

with Jim McEvilly & Dillon Cathro

Through this presentation, Michigan Men Program representatives Jim McEvilly, LLMSW, and Dillon Cathro hope to engage students in meaningful conversation around masculinity and its effects on our intimate lives and relationships.  Together, we will unpack our varied understandings of masculinity, in all of its complexities; the ultimate goal being to increase our consciousness and capability in the advocacy for authentic and healthy masculine identities. 



Vandenberg Room, 2nd Floor, Michigan League

6-7:30 PM: Sexy Spoonies and Crip Sex: Intersections of Sexuality and Disability

with Dr. Shanna Kattari

Almost a quarter of adults identify as having a disability, impairment, or chronic illness, and many others will experience this short term, or as they age. While society often perpetuates the ableist idea that disabled individuals and people with impairments are simply not sexual, nothing could be further from reality. This workshop is both discussion and lecture-based covering issues around the intersectionof disability and sexuality, such as coming out to/discussing a disabled identity with a partner(s), how to discuss disability needs around sex (including sex toys, working with PCAs, etc.), new things to try and creative ways to so, use of sex workers and sex surrogates, correct and accurate terminology, negotiating sex play (including kink/BDSM play), and other topics on this subject.

7:30-9 PM: Whose Choice Is It? Birth Control and Reproductive Justice

with Dr. Joanne Motiño Bailey

In this session, Joanne Bailey, Director of the University of Michigan Nurse-Midwifery Service and Lecturer in Women’s Studies, will talk about historical and current examples in which birth control has been used to both promote and hinder women’s ability to navigate their reproductive choices and lives.  

9-10 PM: Film: Orgasm Inc.

Extraordinary behind-the-scenes access reveals a drug company's race to develop the first FDA-approved Viagra for women - and offers a humorous but sobering look inside the pharmaceutical industry.


For more details:

Email, or call 734-647-4659.