Summer Institute on Sexuality 2018: Presenters and Sessions

Institute Schedule

The details below represent the best of our knowledge — unforseen circumstances could happen. All times and sessions are subject to change.

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
9:30-10am Seminar Seminar Seminar Seminar Seminar
10-11:15am Session 1 Session 1 Session 1 Session 1 Session 1
11:30-1:15 Session 2 Session 2 Session 2 Session 2 Session 2
1:15-2:15pm lunch lunch lunch lunch lunch
2:15-3:30pm Session 3 Session 3 Session 3 Session 3 Session 3
3:45-5pm Session 4 Session 4 Session 4 Session 4 Session 4
5-5:30pm Seminar Seminar Seminar Seminar Seminar

Schedule will be updated with the speaker and sessions as they are confirmed.

Presenters & Sessions

Sex Talk: Investigating the Sexual Development and Sexual Attitudes of African American Women

Chanel Jaali Marshall

This highly engaging session will begin with a brief historical overview of the sexuality of African and African descendant women. The presentation will then move into the myths, misconceptions, and stereotypes surrounding the sexuality of Black women. Attention will be given to the ways we learn about sex, and with that information, how we interpret sex and sexuality through our behaviors. This session is intended to be highly interactive with key discussion questions and videos positioned throughout with the intent of examining the aforementioned subjects. The speaker will also include personal stories collected from interviews in order to engage a cross cultural perspective with the audience.



Chanel Jaali is an independent researcher and sexual educator focusing on the topics of sexual development, sexual attitudes and behaviors, and reproductive rights. She is the owner of Jaali Co., a company specializing in sex education for adults. Her research has been presented at several national conferences. She is a HIV/AIDS activist and conducts community workshops nationwide on subjects from safer sex practices to sexual assault. She also works closely with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Chanel Jaali can be contacted at and on Facebook (Jaali Co.), and IG and Twitter (jaali_co).

At the Intersection of Age, Gender, and Sexuality: The Sexual Lives of Older “Women”

Charis Stiles

This presentation will examine the sexual lives of older cis- and trans women. Sex is often a taboo subject, especially when compounded by sexism, heterosexism, and finally ageism. This presentation will discuss the complexities of sexual health as women age, including increased risks for sexually transmitted diseases while also having increased sexual satisfaction.

Ms. Stiles is a gerontological social worker with over 10 years of experience working with older adults. Ms. Stiles focusing primarily on end of life and currently works in the field of death, dying, and grief.

Transcending Erasure: Discussion on the intersections of Native spirituality, gender, and sexual identities in post-colonial America

Cole ThreeMoons Richards

A comprehensive discussion on the intersections of LGBTQ+ identities within the Native American cultures of post-colonial era America, with specific emphasis on comparing spirituality regarding sex and gender within both Native and Anglo-Euro spheres, illuminating interconnecting systematic mechanisms of erasure and oppression for trans, queer, people of color.


Cole ThreeMoons Richards is a biracial, two-spirit Anglo/Native American apart of the LGBTQ+ community, currently acting as one of the social media account operators and representatives for California State University, Chico. They are completing a BA in Political Science, with minors in Gender and Sexuality and Women’s studies in pursuit of a Civil Rights J.D. They have spoken at several regional social justice events, such as the Native American opening ceremony for the Chico Women’s March, 2017, Gender and Sexuality Equity Center’s Transgender Week of Resilience Trans Panel, Chico Pride 2015-2017, Stonewall Alliance’s Queer Justice is Racial Justice spoken word, among other LGBTQ+ POC events discussing the dynamic of intersecting queer, gender, and racial identities.

The Impact of “Passing” for a Transgender Woman of Color in Terms of Their Risky Sexual Behaviors, Sexual Exploitation and the Care They Need and Receive

Danielle Hebner, Hayley Pettit, Dr. Polly Lytle

“Passing” is a colloquial term utilized to describe the affirmation of one’s gender identity through social interactions (Sevelius, 2013). Transgender women, particularly transgender women of color, are more likely to be at risk for sexually-transmitted infections (STIs,) human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and sexual violence (Budhwani et al., 2017). A critical analysis of the research will be conducted on the physical and psychological needs of “passing” transgender women of color who are experiencing risky sexual encounters in order to suggest better cultural competence to those working with these individuals. Results were peer-reviewed, published within the last 5 years and easily accessible in full-text form. Research found explored the psychological (Riggs & Bartholomaeus, 2015; Roehr, 2015) and physical needs (Poteat, et al., 2015; Sausa, Keatley, & Operario, 2007) of this population, and to what resources they have access (Sevelius, Reznick, Hart, & Schwarcz, 2009). This presentation seeks to clarify and condense the scientific discourse around this issue and provide a platform warranting further analysis and research. Results will be utilized to make a summary of the risks this population regularly face in order to promote cultural competence.

Learning Objectives:
-Describe the physical and psychological experiences transgender women are facing on a regular basis.
-List specific ways psychologists can be culturally sensitive and mindful when working with these individuals.


Danielle Hebner and Hayley Pettit are both clinical psychology doctoral students in the at the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area. Their clinical work focuses on community mental health and substance use with children, adults, couples and families. Both Danielle and Hayley are highly involved in the school’s LGBTQ+ Outreach Club with Dr. Pauline “Polly” Lytle as the club’s faculty sponsor. They are active advocates for social and political inclusion of all majorities and minorities.

Oppressing Birth: A Discussion of Systematic Violence and Denial of Rights

Elisabeth Bolaza

Intimidation, neglect, forced interventions, physical assault, and rape – birthing people have reported a wide range of subtle and overt oppression and violence. Yet birth is omitted from most definitions of reproductive justice. Recent work has begun to draw greater attention the many ways that birthing people, especially people of color, people in poverty, LGBTQI+, youth, undocumented, incarcerated, and other marginalized groups are systematically dispossessed of their civil and human rights in birth. Such inequities put these groups at elevated risk of harm and death. For example, black women die after birth at four times the rate of their white counterparts in the United States (CDC, 2017). This talk will break down the history of birth care and birth advocacy, with special attention paid to its split from reproductive justice movements. A presentation of current research augmented with personal stories of women’s experiences of birth will paint a vivid picture of the realities of birth in the current political climate. A facilitated discussion will then explore “reproductive justice” and what birth means for social justice.


Elisabeth Bolaza is a Ph.D. candidate in Human Sexuality at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She earned her Master’s in Public Health from UC Berkeley, and Bachelor’s in Biology from UCLA. She brings to sexuality studies her background in molecular biological research, clinical research, street-level sex education, and clinical sexual health counseling. She recently served as the ACLUs’ Reproductive Justice Intern, studying the advocacy responsible for the California Healthy Youth Act of 2015. Drawing on intersectional feminisms, biopsychosocial and socioecological perspectives, and a drive to engage in political and biological discourse, she endeavors to bridge disciplinary divides and contribute to the practices of public sexual health, women’s studies, and sexuality research. Her dissertation focuses on the sexuality of motherhood and birth, and the social justice issues facing birthing people. She calls Oakland home with her husband Chris, their sassy two-year-old Lyla, and baby-two on deck.

Understanding Sexual Consent Communication from Women’s Perspectives

Erica Boas and Jason Laker

Drawing on interviews from Consent Stories – a sexual consent research project focused on college students – this interactive presentation will provide information on sexual consent communication with respect to trans, queer, and cis women. Following a short presentation on the research, we will use excerpts from the interviews and other information to engage in discussion and activities to deepen understanding and inform practices around sexual communication.


Erica Boas (bio forthcoming)
Jason Laker is a tenured, Full Professor in the Department of Counselor Education and Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership within the Lurie College of Education and a Salzburg Fellow at San José State University. At SJSU, he previously served as the Vice President for Student Affairs, leading a Division with over 20 departments and 350 staff. He also holds an appointment as Affiliated Research Faculty with the Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality at San Francisco State University.

Jason’s teaching, consulting, and academic work includes over 20 years of successful and progressively more complex administrative leadership experiences in student and academic affairs in several types of university environments (e.g., research, public, private, large, small, religious, liberal arts, Land Grant) in the U.S. and Canada (he is originally from Michigan, USA). He holds a Ph.D. from the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona, an M.A. in Community Counseling from Adams State College (CO), and a B.S. in Organizational Communication from Central Michigan University. His doctoral dissertation, Beyond Bad Dogs: Toward a Pedagogy of Engagement of Male Students won the Dissertation of the Year Award from the Association for Student Judicial Affairs.

Practical Skills for Teaching Comprehensive Sex Ed to Children and Youth

Jennifer Devine

This workshop is for people who want to work with children and youth teaching comprehensive, medically accurate, shame free and pleasure-centric human sexuality. Its main focus will be developing the skills to make it easier to talk to children about sex, health and growing up. This workshop is grounded in our anti-oppression philosophy and intersectional lens so we can train sex educators to encourage all people to make informed decisions about caring for their bodies and being sexually healthy even in a world where privilege and inequity makes it difficult for some folks to access information or care.

It will cover the school district protocols needed to become someone who can teach in public schools as well as the state education codes as well as the legal issues about teaching children We will review the developmental stages of growing up and how to give age appropriate information.

Most importantly we will give you a chance to answer real questions from children all over the Bay Area about sex, gender and sexuality. We will provide proven tips on how to answer inclusively, without shame and sex positivity.


Jen Devine is a sex educator, curriculum developer, teacher trainer, and sexual health consultant based in San Francisco. She has been a Certified Sexuality Educator by Planned Parenthood since 1998 and has been teaching sex and health education to youth and adults since 1989. She has a Master Degree in Theology and Human Sexuality from Star King School for the Ministry, 2006. She is the founder of Superstar Health Education which teaches over 3000 students in the Bay Area every year. She is known for her quick wit and her ability to create respectful, fun workshops on any topic of human sexuality. She has taught at public, private, and religious schools as well as at seminaries, universities and colleges around North America since 1989. She volunteers weekly at the San Francisco Sex Information phone line.

Disability and Sexuality: A More Inclusive Approach

Laura Millar

Navigating sensitive conversations around sexuality pose unique sets of challenges for women with disabilities, their family members, and the professionals that serve them. This presentation will examine some of those challenges, and how to best address them. Practical knowledge and useful tips will be given on how to be an ally when working with a person with a disability. The presentation will also draw attention to a significant need for a more inclusive, accessible, culturally competent approach to sex education and health care for women with disabilities.


Laura works as the Sexual Health Services Program Coordinator at the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Masters of Public Health (2009), and a Masters of Human Sexuality (2014). Laura’s current research focuses on how people who are blind and low vision learn about and navigate sex and intimate relationships. Through her work at the LightHouse, she offers workshops, trainings and in-services for individuals who are blind or low vision, their family members and the organizations that serve them, ensuring that sexual health information and services are comprehensive, inclusive and accessible for everyone.

Sexual and Mental Health and Wellness: Trans Feminine Community in Lebanon

Rachel L. Kaplan, PhD, MPH; Cynthia El Khoury, MPH

People can speak for themselves! All those involved in our study, which we will discuss in the second half of the workshop, are from the trans feminine community in Lebanon, with the exception of the Research Director and Principal Investigator. Because of intense transphobia, most participants are understandably not comfortable sharing images of themselves with the public. We therefore will share some video clips of trans folks speaking for themselves about their experiences as well as other clips that provide some cultural context of Middle Eastern environments and transnational geopolitical policies.

Discussion of research process, challenges, and results. We will address the following questions and encourage active participation. What is the best way to describe this community (terminology, language, identity formation, origins)? What does the community want and need (via focus groups, interviews, community advisory board meetings)? Why was a sexual and mental health intervention adapted (community connectedness, family, gender affirmation)? What challenges were experienced and lessons were learned by the community, participants, and research team (mobility, borders, and global policies within Lebanon and the region; activism movement and NGOs; ethics, transparency, commitment to trans leadership)?


Rachel L. Kaplan, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor in the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California, San Francisco and Affiliate Faculty at SFSU’s CREGS, is trained in Public Health and Social Science with experience in sexual and mental health and HIV prevention and treatment in the Middle East and North Africa. With a focus on international HIV prevention among key populations, Dr. Kaplan is interested in the intersections of risk, gender, sexuality, conflict, and health. Having worked on HIV research in the region since 2006, Dr. Kaplan is PI of an NIMH-funded study to determine potential strategies for addressing sexual and mental health risk among transgender women in Lebanon.

Cynthia El Khoury, MPH received her Master’s degree from the American University of Beirut. Her work in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) started in 2008 when she compiled an informal registry of “sex-positive” physicians designed by and for queer women and gender nonconforming folks to safely navigate the Lebanese medical system. She has led SRHR trainings for activists, front-line workers, healthcare workers, and key stakeholders and designed and implemented a health intervention with and for trans individuals. She is currently Associate Director at the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality and the Research Director of Baynetna and Mpowerment in Lebanon.

History of Women in Sexology

Dr. Scott Butler

Description TBA


Dr. Scott Butler is currently a Professor of Public Health and faculty affiliate in the women’s studies and gender & sexuality program at Georgia College (GC). He received his PhD in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention in 2009 from Purdue University and master degrees from Purdue, Indiana University, and the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. He served as the Human Sexuality Program Coordinator at UNC-Chapel Hill from 2001-2003 and the Sexual Health Coordinator at Purdue from 1999-2000. Over the last 18 years he has taught human sexuality courses at GC, Purdue, Indiana, and UNC. Dr. Butler has received numerous awards and honors for his contributions to sexual health teaching and research including the 2010/2014 GC College of Health Sciences Scholar Award, the 2012 GC University-Scholarship Award, the 2011 Georgia Governor’s Teaching Fellowship, and the 2004 Indiana William Yarber Professorship in Sexual Health Graduate Fellowship.

Health & Wellness in Sex Work

Carol Queen, moderator; Kitty Stryker, Cinnamon Maxxine, and TBA

Health & Wellness for Trans Women of Color

Jae Sevelius, moderator

Pink & White Studios

Jiz Lee, Shine Louise Houston

Tour of the studios and film showing. Details TBA