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Sexpertise 2018 is coming February 6-8! See below 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 2018!

Sexpertise is a three-day conference from February 6th to 8th, 2018. 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!


2018 Schedule of Sessions

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

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 

Kalamazoo Room, 2nd Floor, Michigan League

 

5:00 - 6:30 PM: FUNdamentals of Sexual Pleasure

Erin Martinez, LMSW

Sexual pleasure can benefit our physical, emotional and mental well-being. Sex Therapist Erin Martinez will help you discover your sexual voice. Come and learn about sexual exploration and ways of learning to discover yourself! 

6:30 - 8:00 PM: The 411 on Sexual Health Research Methods

Harley Dutcher, MS

Interested in a career in sexual health research or wondering how we know all we do about sexuality? This session will explore some sexual health research methods, including some of the challenges and limitations that sexual health researchers face. Researcher Harley Dutcher will help you explore the answers to some of your questions! Some of her research interests include young people’s perceptions of their health and well-being in the context of social messages about body image, gender, and sex.

8:00 - 9:30 PM: Swipe Right For More Info: Navigating Hookup Culture On Campus 

SESSION CANCELLED DUE TO SPEAKER ILLNESS - We apologize for any inconvenience! You can check out Stephanie's informative blog at www.meetmrsmayweather.com. And if you'd like to engage around this topic, please see sexual health educator Laura McAndrew for 1-on-1 chats, or Sexperteam to arrange group events.

Stephanie Mayweather, MPH

Did your sex education leave you ill-equipped to navigate friends with benefits, dating apps and one-night stands? In this session, Stephanie Mayweather will explain skills to enhance safety and well-being for those who are facing a hookup-heavy dating culture.

 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 

Kalamazoo Room, 2nd Floor, Michigan League

 

5:00 - 6:30 PM: Stereotypes, Expectations, and Norms: Connecting the Dots Between Sexuality and Culture

Panelists: Nadia Bazzy, MA, LLMFT; Abby Chien, MA; Stephanie Mayweather, MPH; Sade Richardson, MSW/MPH Candidate; Mariana Argüelles, MSW Candidate

This session will highlight the experiences of people of color in the sexual health field. Through a panel of practitioners and students, participants will learn about how sex and sexuality are expressed in people from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

6:30 - 8:00 PM: Unpacking Trans Sexual Health: Barriers, Accessibility, and Ways to Advocate

Brendon Holloway, MSW

The majority of sexual health education is focused on the experiences of cisgender people. This session aims to highlight the sexual health experiences of transgender people. Topics covered will include barriers to accessing care, resources for transgender individuals, and ways to advocate for proper access to healthcare for transgender individuals.

8:00 - 9:30 PM: Good Vibes Only

Presented by Sexperteam

Sexual health includes the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences. Sexperteam members Clayton Zimmerman and Cassidy Gardner will guide you through an interactive workshop that will help you learn about safer sex items and items to increase pleasure! Participants will be able to see and touch a variety of sexual health products!

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8 

Room D, 3rd Floor, Michigan League

 

5:00 - 6:30 PM: Great Sexpectations: Re-conceptualizing and Addressing Sexual Challenges​

Naomi Rawitz, LLMSW

Sexual experiences are often much more diverse, expansive, and nuanced than how they appear in the media. In this session, Naomi Rawitz, LLMSW will focus on de-stigmatizing sexual difficulties and exploring strategies that can help expand sexual wellness and self-compassion when experiencing them.

6:30 - 8:00 PM: Kink Outside the Box

Presented by Sexperteam

Wondering about the differences between kink and BDSM? Whether you’re just curious or interested in safely engaging in these activities, Sexperteam members Marissa Alvarez and Cassidy Gardner have the answers to your questions.

8:00 - 9:30 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 for games and great knowledge as we celebrate the end of Sexpertise 2018!  

 

For more details:

Email sexualhealth@umich.edu, or call 734-647-4659.