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AASECT 2021 Virtual Institute

Unsettling Genders: Honoring Emergent & Indigenous Conversations of Diversity.

Friday, April 9th, 2021


The 2021 AASECT Virtual Institute is SOLD OUT! 


11:00 am - 02:00 pm EST    Virtual Programming Part I
02:00 pm - 04:00 pm EST    Brain/body Break
04:00 pm - 07:00 pm EST    Virtual Programming Part II

Continuing Education (CE) Credit 

6 AASECT CE credits will be offered for this program in accordance with the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists requirements and may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification.

Session Information

Part One: Unsettling Genders: Honoring Emergent & Indigenous Conversations of Diversity

11 am - 2 pm EST  |  Presenter: Roger J. Kuhn PhD

Experience a day of what it means to unsettle your patterns, thoughts, feelings, and ideas around gender. The morning session centers on the sacred work and Ways of Knowing and Being by way of Indigenous scholar, Roger Kuhn (Poarch Creek). Roger is a doctoral candidate whose research focuses on Two-Spirit love, sexual sovereignty, and erotic survivance. The second half of the day will be a circle of convergent conversation with panelists who will continue the exploration of unsettling gender.


2 pm - 4pm EST 

Part Two: Plurilogue of Indigenous Perspectives Panel

4 pm - 7 pm EST

The afternoon panel celebrates decolonial perspectives about genders that honor and center Indigenous voices. You will be invited to lean into your curiosity around diverse perspectives that may challenge limited notions of genders informed by white supremacy, settler-colonialism, and cissexism. The panel will introduce a plurilogue of Indigenous perspectives beyond western conceptualizations of genders. The panel will be an unstructured format that may disrupt pedagogical and epistemic hierarchies.

Meet the Presenters

Roger J. Kuhn PhD

Dr. Roger Kuhn is a Poarch Creek Two-Spirit Indigequeer soma-cultural sex therapist and sexuality educator. Roger’s work explores the concepts of decolonizing and unsettling sexuality and focuses on the way culture impacts and informs our bodily experiences. In addition to their work as a licensed psychotherapist, Roger is a faculty lecturer of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University and recently earned their doctoral degree in the Human Sexuality program at CIIS.

Additional Panel Presenters coming soon!


Meet the AASECT Institute Co-Chairs

Dr. Zelaika Hepworth Clarke, PhD, MSW, MED

Dr. Clarke is the first Jamerican (Jamaican-American) to receive three degrees in human sexuality from accredited universities in the United States: Bachelors of Arts from NYU in Sexuality, Culture and Oppression (2007); Masters of Education in Human Sexuality(2012) and Doctorate of Philosophy in Human Sexuality (2015) from the Center for Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University. Dr.Clarke is also a graduate of the International School of Transnational Decolonial Black Feminism in Cachoeira, Brazil, from the Decolonizing Knowledge and Power Summer School in Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain), and hold a certificate in Advocacy in Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS from the Center for African Family Studies in Nairobi, Kenya.

Dr. Clarke specializes in human sexualities, gender and relational diversity, clinical and cultural sexology, sexosophy, sexecology, African-centered social work, anti-racist sexuality education, critical autoethnography, and Ọ̀ṣunality, an African-centered, sex-positive, post-colonial paradigm that affirms diversity in sensuality, sexual pleasure and eroticism. Dr.Clarke’s passions include increasing critical thinking, expanding self-awareness and self-reflexivity, empowerment, counter-oppressive discourses, unlearning colonial mentalities, decolonial considerations, mindfulness, justices (social, racial, erotic, epistemic, ecological etc) and healing. 

Dr. Clarke co-founded a sexuality studies concentration program that is committed to social justice at Goddard College in Vermont. This is the first (anti-racist, anti-imperialist) sexuality studies program in the United States founded by scholars of color at a PWI. Dr. Clarke co-created with (Dr. Herukhuti) the Decolonial SAR, and Sexual Attitude Restructuring/Reassessment program that highlights unlearning settler colonial sexualities, genders and relationship configuration narratives while centering on pre-colonial and decolonial perspectives and promoting  multi-epistemic sexual literacy. Dr. Clarke is currently providing therapeutic, educational, and consulting services with the Pluriversity. The Pluriversity is an organization committed to increasing multi-epistemic sexual literacy through transformative learning.

Serina Payan Hazelwood {she/her}
Serina is a holistic sex educator, experienced-registered yoga teacher (ERYT), and somatic drum circle facilitator. Drawing on her study of religion and spirituality, ancestral trauma and healing, social justice, ecopsychology, and colonization she brings body-centered, holistic approaches to her work. Serina’s liminal identities as a queer Indigenous-Latinx-European descendant make her a natural connector, messenger, and community collaborator.

Serina has over 20 years of experience creating innovative approaches that bring communities together. Her methods are rooted in liberation, framed with social justice, and supported by the pillars of reclamation, ritual, and renewal. Through the whispers of her ancestors, she creates powerful community experiences that identify, critique, and dismantle the systems of white supremacy for the purpose of liberation in body, mind, and spirit.