SI History

The Summer Institute was founded in 2001 at San Francisco State University by Gilbert Herdt, Founder of the National Sexuality Resource Center. The NSRC hosted ten Summer Institutes starting in 2001, attended by over 325 undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral participants from academic fields such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, women studies, gender studies and history, as well as practitioners from varied professional backgrounds including nurses, teachers, clergy, social workers, counselors and doctors. CREGS took over the Summer Institute when it opened in 2012.

Past participants have described the Summer Institute as “transformative” and “life-changing.”

Curious about past Summer Institutes?

Summer Institute 2014: Sex Lives – Sexuality, Gender, and Pleasure Throughout the Lifespan

June 20 – 26, 2014

The 13th Annual Summer Institute program included lectures by Cheryl Cohen Greene, Julianna Deardorff, Priya Kandaswamy, Deborah Brown, and many more, with a special presentation by Sins Invalid. In addition to the regularly scheduled program, week-long participants had access to a mentor in their field.

Summer Institute 2013: Sexuality, Integrating Diversity in Sexuality: Health, Research, & Sex Ed

June 21 – 27, 2013

The 12th annual Summer Institute featured week-long program including emphasis areas in Research, Applied/Clinical Health, and Sex Education that were available for undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals working in the field of sexuality. In addition to the regularly scheduled program options, week-long participants had access to a mentor in their field.

Summer Institute 2012: Race, Sex, & Equity

June 18 – July 13, 2012

The 11th annual Summer Institute program featured preeminent sexuality research scholars whose work challenge conventional paradigms around race, sex, and equity. Academic tracks were available for undergraduate and graduate students, with space for professionals working in the field of sexuality as well.

Summer Institute 2011: Culture, Sex, and Pleasure

June 20 – July 15, 2011

The 10th annual Summer Institute explored the concepts of culture, sex, and pleasure through a critical analysis of race, gender, sexuality, age, disability and religion.

Summer Institute 2010: Sexual Health and Healthy Sexuality

June 21 – July 16, 2010

Participants explored concepts of sexuality and health through courses such as Queering Popular Culture and Unpackign Masculinities and Femininities. This year’s lecturers included Hector Carillo, Trevor Hoppe, Ilan Meyer, Heather Corinna, Bethany Stevens, John Santelli, and Jennifer Hirsch.

Summer Institute 2009: Race, Gender, and Sexuality

June 22 – July 17, 2009: Summer Institute

July 20 – July 24, 2009: Graduate Student Proposal Writing Intensive (optional for Graduate Students)

The 2009 Summer Insitute was a four-week intensive program focused on race, gender and, sexuality in the US. 2009 featured sexuality scholors hector Carillo, Cathy Cohen, and Lisa Diamond, whose research analyzes current and historical intersections of race, sexuality, and gender. Participants learned to critically examine the cultural, social, psychological, and political implication of those intersections.

Summer Institute 2007: Sexuality, Inequality, and Health

July 9 – 27, 2007


Summer Institute 2004: Sexuality, Society, and Health

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