National Sex Education Standards Update

Today the Future of Sex Education (FoSE) Initiative, a partnership of Advocates for Youth, Answer, and SIECUS: Sex Ed for Social Change, released the second edition of The National Sex Education Standards: Core Content and Skills, K–12 to support educators in providing medically accurate, trauma-informed, inclusive sex education.

The National Sex Education Standards (NSES) outline the foundational knowledge and skills students need to navigate sexual development and grow into sexually healthy adults. The updated NSES include new topics to provide increased guidance to educators on a number of issues previously unaddressed and new indicators and topic strands to better address what is age-appropriate for students. The updated NSES reflect advancements in research regarding sexual orientation, gender identity, social, racial, and reproductive justice, and the long-term consequences of stigma and discrimination. Other additions include: advances in medical technology, the emergence of digital technologies, and the growing impact of social and sexually explicit media on relationships.

It has been nearly 10 years since the first edition of the NSES was created and released. The second edition takes into account lessons learned from implementation by school districts around the U.S. and reflects recent developments, research advancements, and current thinking on the minimum, essential sexual health topics.

Summer Trip to the Dominican Republic

This July, CHSS will be offering a trip to the DR with the purpose of giving students the opportunity for hands-on experience working with the youth of the Dominican Republic.
For more information, please consider taking part in the Zoom session held on February 26th at 7pm. David Hall – the trip coordinator – will be able to offer more details and answer your questions about the trip. The link to the Zoom session has been provided below!

Council for Relationships Hosts an Open House

If you are near, or can make it to Voorhees, New Jersey, consider attending the Open House that the Council for Relationships will be hosting on November 7th. The event will run from noon to 1:30pm and will give attendees the opportunity to network with the staff therapists, learn more about what the agency does, and take part in a workshop offering one (1) free CE credit! The topic for the workshop is “Mending Brokenness: A Spiritual and Therapeutic Approach for Blended/Step Families”.

To learn more and RSVP, click here!

Workshop Series for White Leaders Working for Racial Equity & Justice

Blue Door Group Founder, Hillary Becker, in collaboration with Healing Our Work’s Julia Terry, are doing a workshop series this November. The series is broken down into three workshops. The workshops are designed for white leaders doing social justice work and the workshops focus on building a capacity for connection, constructive conflict, and healing.

The workshops will meet Friday mornings on November 1st, November 8th, and November 22nd. The workshops focus on better understanding the racial stories and messages white people receive, internalize, and enact. Through critical reflection, with compassion for the self and others, participants can begin to heal themselves so that they can be whole in the fight for racial justice.

Register and learn more about the workshop HERE.

National Association of African American Studies & Affiliates Conference

On February 17th through February 22nd of 2020, the National Association of African American Studies & Affiliates will be hosting their 28th national conference in Dallas, TX. Among the major topics to be discussed are issues surrounding gender and feminists. If you are interested in contributing to this event, NAAAS & Affiliates encourages you and colleagues to submit an abstract for a paper and/or poster presentation during the 2020 national conference.

For more information, see the flyer linked below!

NAAAS & Affiliates 2020

Men and the #MeToo Movement Conference

On November 14-15, an exciting conference will be held at the Men’s Center for Growth and Change in Philly. The purpose of this conference is to discuss how men and boys can become active allies in the #MeToo Movement.

This two-day conference will be especially beneficial to professionals who work with men and boys. Here you will gain skills to support men and boys in becoming actively engaged in addressing such issues as sexual harassment, sexual violence, discrimination, and gender inequality.

Tickets start at $150, and after October 31st, the price hikes up to $175 between November 1st and November 14th. Student tickets are available at a discounted rate of $80, and there is a 10% discount available for non-profit organizations (NPOs) with 5 or more members attending the conference.

Click here for more information, and to register for tickets!

Call for Nominees: Patricia Barthalow Koch Award

The Patricia Barthalow Koch Award for Research Publication in Sexuality is an annual award to recognize and support the research excellence in sexology fostered by the Center for Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University and exhibited by the students attaining their doctoral degrees in the program. It is hoped that it will encourage the implementation and dissemination of creative and methodologically sound research that explores the vast array of unanswered and intriguing questions that abound in the very broad discipline of sexology.

Deadline for submission of these materials is October 30, 2019.

Criteria for Application for the Award

  1. The applicant must be an alumnus of the Doctoral Program at the Center for Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University who has graduated within the past three years.
  2. The applicant must be the sole or first author of the research article published in a peer-review journal.
  3. The publication must be based on original quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-method research conducted by the applicant that included collection of the primary data.
  4. A research article may be submitted for consideration twice as long as the applicant has not exceeded the three-year post-graduation time period.

Selection Process

  1. The applicant will submit the following materials to the Director of the Center for Human Sexuality Studies
  2. A cover letter describing the motivations for conducting the research and the contributions that the research makes to the field of sexology.
  3. An electronic copy of the research publication.

Deadline for submission of these materials is October 30, 2019.

A Selection Committee will review and evaluate each submission using the Selection Criteria described below. The Selection Committee will consist of one faculty member from the Center for Human Sexuality Studies, one member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (not related to CHSS), and Dr. Patricia Barthalow Koch, Ph.D.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be evaluated and scored using the following criteria:

  • Clarity of research purpose, research questions, and/or hypotheses.
  • Thoroughness of literature review identifying the need for the current research.
  • Description of theoretical underpinnings of the research.
  • Appropriate choices in methodology, including sampling technique, instrumentation, and data collection methods, that are well implemented to increase the reliability and validity of the research.
  • Description of the significance of the findings to the advancement of the field of sexology, including educational, therapeutic, healthcare, policy, or other research applications.
  • Professionalism demonstrated through the writing and presentation of the findings (e.g. tables, diagrams, referencing).

The Award

  • $200 cash given to the awardee.
  • Plaque given to the awardee.
  • Nameplate to be added to the larger plaque for display at the Center for Human Sexuality Studies.

To apply, email the following to by October 30, 2019.

  • A cover letter describing the motivations for conducting the research and the contributions that the research makes to the field of sexology.
  • An electronic copy of the research publication.

AltSex Conference Call for Proposals

The 5th annual AltSx NYC Conference has just opened its call for proposals! The conference itself is set to be held next year on Friday, May 1st, and proposal submissions will be accepted from now through September 15, 2019.


The theme for this year is Sexual Self-Reclamation, with the goal of providing an open forum to explore topics on how alternative sexualities have been harnessed as a form of sexual self-reclamation.

Examples of topics that could fit this year’s theme include self-fetishization/objectification, the reappropriation of derogatory sexual terms (like queer and hoe), body modification, or the use of counterintuitive sexual practices to reframe difficult emotions or experiences (i.e., sexualizing shame, for instance).

Speakers are also asked to frame their presentations in an accessible manner, and format clinical information and/or research results in a way that can readily be distributed and consumed by lay audience and media.

If you would like to speak at the 5th annual AltSex NYC Conference, please submit your proposal by September 15, 2019 using this form:

Selected speakers will be notified by October 1, 2019.

Looking for Writers!

Greetings CHSS!

For those of you who are not aware, the Encyclopedia of Sex and Sexuality is soon to be published by ABC-CLIO! The editor is looking for someone to write entries about the following topics to complete the book by the end of the summer, so if you specialize in any of these subjects, or know someone who does, please consider getting involved!

  • Intercourse
  • Penile Cancer
  • Pregnancy
  • Sexual Expression
  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
  • Menopause
  • Prostatectomy

Entries are between 750 and 1500 words. If you are interested in contributing, please contact the editor, Heather Armstrong, PhD, Assistant Professor in Sexual Health, University of Southampton. Email is

Participate in a Brand New Sexuality Study!

If you are interested in taking part in a new study, consider participating in a survey entitled “Professional Issues in Sexuality Research and Related Professions”. The survey addresses issues such as sexual harassment (including gender-based harassment), the professional culture/climate of our fields, and codes of conduct. We expect the survey will take about 15 minutes to complete.

This survey is an exploratory study which aims to:

(1)  Understand best practices in creating an inclusive and professional environment within sexuality research;

(2)  Assess respondents’ experiences with sexual harassment, including gender-based harassment, in their professional work as well as during education or training.

Survey respondents will be entered into a lottery drawing for a chance to win one of 50 USD$20 Amazon gift cards.

The survey’s researchers would also like to complete phone or video/internet interviews with a subset of about 20-30 respondents. If you would like to be considered for one of these interviews, we will ask you to check a box so that we can initiate contact. Individuals who complete a one-on-one interview will be offered a $50 Amazon gift card.

To learn more about the study, and to participate, follow this link.