About Erin Basler
Erin Basler, MEd, is a Rhode Island-based educator and consultant. She works within the fields of disability, domestic and sexual violence, sexuality education, trauma care, curriculum building, pleasure, and human rights advocacy. She is an educator at her core, but only because teaching is how she learns. Erin is a nerd who reads peer reviewed literature for fun. By day, Erin is the Disability Outreach Coordinator at New Hope, a sexual and domestic violence services agency in Massachusetts. Erin’s current “hobby” is busting down professional silos through Familiar Education and Training. Her hope, as the wrangler at FEaT, is to collaborate across industries to encourage systemic change.
About Kira Manser
Kira Manser is a community-based mental health clinician with expertise in gender and sexual diversity, sexual pleasure, pelvic pain, sexual health, and social justice. She is a licensed clinical social worker with a Master’s in Education in Human Sexuality. She served for four years as the Clinical Director of The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health before starting her own private practice. She also started the professional development program at The Mazzoni Center in Philadelphia to educate professionals about LGTBQ+ topics, as well as founded and ran the sex education collaborative, ScrewSmart, from 2009-2014. Energetic and friendly, Kira strives to create spaces that challenge and support individuals to explore gender and sexuality by using active methods and affirming and feminist informed therapeutic modalities.
Sex-Positivity: It’s Super Simple
Opening Session: Monday, 10/28, 4:00 PM
Erin Basler, MA, MEd | Familiar Education and Training & Kira Manser, MEd, LCSW-C | Private Practice Sexuality Therapy
The concept of sex-positivity is everywhere, but what does it actually mean? We are opening this year’s conference with a session that will build a group definition of sex-positivity that considers all identities and looks critically at our societal framework for being sex-positive. The session will also be an opportunity to develop strategies for incorporating a sex-positive lens in sexual health education and identify talking points to increase buy-in within our own organizations and communities to support ongoing sex-positive work.
If you are wondering why sex positivity is a necessary quality in sexuality education or if you’ve got characteristics of a sex-positive professional—including a “sex-positive mindset”—you won’t want to miss this session Monday afternoon!
Melanin Poppin’: Colorblind Politics Plaguing Sexuality Education
Keynote: Tuesday, 10/29, 9:00 AM
Donna Oriowo, PhD | AnnodRight
Sex education is a social justice issue, but we already know that. What we sometimes forget is the intersection of various social justice issues and sexuality, especially in communities of color who want healthier communities through sexuality education. Sex education is imperative for encouraging adolescent sexual health. However, the one size fits all technique is about as old as a black and white television in a world where melanin is poppin’ and wants to be seen in its full color. This session will discuss awareness and integration of cultural and racial diﬀerences in sexuality education, with an emphasis on Black female sexuality for sex education that is truly intersectional, relevant, and more than diversity lip service.
About Donna Oriowo
Dr. Donna Oriowo (Oreo-Whoa!) is an international speaker, clinically licensed social worker, sex and relationship educator, and therapist located in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Dr. Donna is the owner and lead therapist of AnnodRight, whose mission is to bring the intersection of sex, sexuality, culture, race, hair texture, skin tone, et cetera into not only the therapy office, but all of her work. Dr. Donna is dedicated to helping others reclaim their sexuality, identity, and self-love with an emphasis on addressing mental health, intersectionality, culture, and race in both educational and therapeutic settings. As the author of Cocoa Butter & Hair Grease: A Self Love Journey Through Hair and Skin, this is important because to her, Black Sexuality Matters, especially Black Female Sexuality.
Dr. Oriowo currently serves as part of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee with AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists) and is a member of WOCSHN (Women of Color Sexual Health Network). She can be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @Annodright, or you can visit her (day or night) at www.AnnodRight.com.
About Milagros Garrido
Milagros Garrido, MS, Associate Director of Innovation and Research at Healthy Teen Network, is a creative educator and researcher committed to helping communities to learn, use, and translate practical and innovative approaches to solve public health issues. Ms. Garrido is especially interested in innovative practices for organizational capacity and sustainability and the intersection of economic development, technology, and public health practices. She has over ten years of strategic planning, capacity-building, and project management experience.
Milagros has extensive experience working with diverse communities, including LGBTQ+ youth, American Indian communities, HIV-positive individuals, and youth who are pregnant or parenting. Mila completed her master’s thesis researching Latinx women’s attitudes and beliefs toward reproductive health. She holds a BA in International Affairs and Economics, Post-Baccalaureate in Family Professional Collaboration, and an MS in Social Science from Towson University.
About Nick Sufrinko
Nicholas Sufrinko, Digital Communications Specialist at Healthy Teen Network, is a designer, writer, and educator whose work occupies the intersection of public health, communications, and technology. He has over seven years of experience designing and implementing public health communications campaigns and promoting inclusive sex education.
Make!: Creating Lo-Fi Prototypes for a High-Tech World
#HealthyTeen19 Design Challenge, Part 2 of 3
Tuesday, 10/29, 2:00 PM
Milagros Garrido, MS & Nick Sufrinko, BA | Healthy Teen Network
Closed to #HealthyTeen19 Design Challenge innovators who attended Part 1 of the HealthyTeen19 Design Challenge series.
Bring your big idea to life and test it—fast!—during this hands-on workshop. First, create something that starts to resemble a final version of your concept with rapid prototyping, a set of techniques that make ideas tangible and allow you to learn through making. Then, learn how to reveal deeper insights that inform future design decisions by testing prototypes with potential users. Finally, master how to construct a winning pitch to dazzle potential funders, partners, and consumers. After this workshop, Design Challenge innovators will leave with a concept ready to revolutionize sexual health in the cyborg era—and well-poised to win the #HealthyTeen19’s grand prize of $1000!
Do! The Sexual Health Revolution is Here!
#HealthyTeen19 Design Challenge, Part 3 of 3
Wednesday,10/30, 12:00 PM (Lunch will be served)
Milagros Garrido, MS & Nick Sufrinko, BA | Healthy Teen Network
Welcome to the cyborg era! Join the #HealthyTeen19 Design Challenge innovators as they dazzle a panel of expert judges and you, our live conference audience, with visions of the sex ed of tomorrow. During this lunchtime session, select design challenge teams will be invited on stage to pitch their ideas for equipping young people to develop healthy sexualities and have pleasurable sexual lives in the age of sexting, user-generated explicit media, and dating apps. Learn about the teams’ plunge into human-centered design; glimpse ambitious, new ideas for a sex ed conceived for a tech-immersed generation; and witness one team’s crowing as the #HealthyTeen19’s grand prize winner, with $1000 and a whole lot of bragging rights to back it up.
The Church and State: What I Can Do Now to Promote Sex+
Closing Session: Wednesday, 10/30, 3:15 PM
Facilitator: Jennifer Driver, MPH | Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS)
Panelists: Tanya Bass, MS, MEd, CHES, CSE | Southern Sexologist, Brittany Broaddus-Smith, LSW, MEd, MSW | The Intimacy Firm, and Shawn Kelly | New Orleans Youth Alliance
Sex-positivity is a discussion in which policymakers, schools, and faith communities are often left out. For fear of sexual promotion, sexual health education is not readily embraced by these groups. And as professionals who think it is the right of young people to receive comprehensive sexuality education, we are often opposing (or ignoring…or disregarding…or generalizing everyone within) these groups rather than working together.
Youth spend much of their day in schools, policymakers help shape the landscape, and faith leaders are often viewed as the backbone of communities. It will be critical to engage these groups to advance sex-positive sex education for young people. This closing panel will connect the ways in which the three worlds can work together to save young peoples’ lives and spirits.
About Jennifer Driver
Jennifer Driver is the Director of State Policy with the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS). In this position, she is responsible for overseeing state and territory policy analyses, planning and managing research, and state policy development across the organization. Prior to joining the team at SIECUS, Jennifer served as the Manager of Training & Education for Welcoming America, where her work focused on the intersection of immigration, racism, education, health, and policy. Her previous experience also includes working for Power to Decide (formerly the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy) and the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential. Utilizing public health and intersectional frameworks, Jennifer focuses much of her work on advocating for the health and well-being of young people—paying particular attention to youth of color, immigrants, youth in care, and LGBTQ communities—as she shapes and advances public policy efforts at SIECUS.
About Tanya Bass
Tanya Bass, MS, MEd, CHES®, CSE, is the founder of the North Carolina Sexual Health Conference (NCSEXCON). With over 20 years of experience, she is a subject matter expert in the field of health education, minority health, pregnancy preventions, HIV/STDs, reproductive health, and sexual health. Tanya is a member of the Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WoCSHN), the Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians (ABSC), the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), and the North Carolina Society for Public Health Education (NCSOPHE). She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator (CSE). She is a current member of the editorial board for the American Journal of Sexuality Education. Tanya is an alumna of North Carolina Central University’s (NCCU) Department of Public Health Education, where she has served as an adjunct instructor for the past 15 years. Currently, Tanya is the lead instructor for Human Sexuality. She enjoys planning as well as attending professional development events. Tanya is committed to sexual health equity and is pursuing her PhD at Widener University in Human Sexuality Studies.
About Brittany Broaddus-Smith
Brittany Broaddus-Smith is the founder and lead educator of The Intimacy Firm. The Intimacy Firm is an intimacy consulting and sexuality education organization. Brittany earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degrees in both social work and sexuality education. As a licensed social worker, she has experience providing both individual and couples counseling. With her unique personality, she is willing to tackle those “taboo” subjects head-on with comprehensive sex education, coaching, and counseling for groups and individuals. Working in the intersection of sexuality and faith, Brittany aims to use both evidence-based and biblically sound practices to empower individuals to discover, embrace, and navigate their sexual selves without compromising their values.
About Shawn Kelly
Shawn Kelly is an organizer, trainer, and advocate for social change. Shawn was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Growing up in New Orleans, Shawn saw firsthand how important community activism and organizing was to growing movements and reshaping communities. As soon as Shawn got to college, he started becoming involved in student leadership and activism. He interned at the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights and helped with the “Raise the Age” campaign. Shawn has worked and been involved in numerous campaigns, but tries to focus on sexual public health and youth development. Shawn focuses on trying to innovate, create, and bring new ideas to the spaces of organizing and activism. Shawn currently works in Sexual Public Health as a trainer working to reshape how Louisiana looks at STI/HIV. He is also a fellow at the New Orleans Youth Alliance, where he and other young people fight on behalf of the youth of New Orleans to combat the numerous issues that they face as a community and as a generation. Shawn is keen to use his voice, mind, and body to provoke change, progress, and movement and he will continue to do so as long as he is able.