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!

OUTing the Past Festival Conference & Gathering 2020

On May 21st and May 22nd of 2020, the annual OUTing the Past Festival Conference will be held at Queen’s University Belfast. The theme for this upcoming conference is “Completing the Past: LGBT+ History and Creative Production”, and will highlight the roles that creative productivity can play in a better understanding the past.
Additionally, this conference seeks to develop a programme that:
  • Explores how creativity can be deployed and developed asa form of emerging historiographical enquiry
  • Describes how creative responses can be used to fill in the LGBT+ absences in the archive
  • Offers accounts of archives and collections a=that have hosted creative interventions to offer a queer reading of the past
  • Outlines methodologies for playwriting, poetry, spoken word, screenplays, short and long form fiction for queer engagement with the historical record of the past
  • Displays examples of how visual and applied art can explore the LGBT+ absences past
  • Provides a platform for screening (or staging) films, performances, documentaries, and other forms of media (e.g. augmented reality or virtual reality or podcasting, historical social media personas, etc).
Folx are welcome to submit abstracts for papers and panels
(provisionally, 25 and 90 minutes respectively) that explore the theme of
LGBT+ history and creativity. Innovative forms of presentation – such as performative lectures, short films, short performances, visual
arts, etc. – are encouraged.
Proposals for skill-based 90 minute workshops are also welcome, and though
preference will be given to those directly addressing the conference theme, abstracts or proposals that relate to historicising any aspect of the LGBT+ past or consider how we share knowledge of LGBT+ histories within and beyond the academy are encouraged as well.

Abstracts for papers, panels, or workshops should be submitted online at by 7th January 2020.

Individual abstracts should be 150-250 words and include a short biography
with contact information for each participant. Additional information is
available via the link, but questions can be sent to the conference Programme
Coordinator at

Decisions on abstracts for papers, panels and workshops will be
communicated by the conference Advisory Panel in early 2020.

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!

New York Coming Out Conference

New York Coming Out is an international transgender conference where we welcome all individuals within the transgender spectrum, along with their families, friends, and loved ones. Come celebrate your uniqueness within the transgender community and learn, inspire, and make an impact on the lives of others!

Running from October 30th to November 3rd, this conference’s events will include a gala dinner, workshops, and even karaoke!

Click here to register!

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.

Ohio Sex Education Summit 2019 | Friday, October 11th

The Ohio Center for Sex Education is seeking workshop proposals for the 2019 Ohio Sex Education Summit. The event, titled “A Community Convening on Sexual Health Education and Health Equity”, will take place at Tri C’s Corporate College East on Friday, October 11, 2019.

Over 200 community members, educators, social service professionals, elected officials, reproductive and social justice activists, and others will come together to share a day of learning and conversation surrounding the topic of sexual health education. Celebrating important achievements while lifting up opportunities for growth, the Summit will create a diverse and inclusive atmosphere in which we can critically examine the importance of the intersection of individual and community identities.

The planning committee seeks proposals for 50-minute interactive workshop sessions. The presenters will repeat their presentation for a second rotation immediately following the first. Reviewers will look favorably upon proposals that:

  • Include facilitators who bring diverse perspectives and are inclusive of all
  • Clearly demonstrate the interactive nature of the proposed workshop
  • Provide participants with clear, tangible learning objectives ideally resulting in takeaway skill building

Proposals are due no later than Friday, June 28 at 5:00 p.m. Proposals will be reviewed as they are submitted. Everyone that submits a proposal will be notified no later than Monday, July 8th on the status of their proposal. Workshop spaces are limited so you are encouraged to submit your proposal early.

Proposals should be submitted online via All accepted proposals will include one complimentary registration for the presenter. Contact Jenna Wojdacz ( with any questions.

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