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Planning Committee

Co-Chair, Dr. Zelaika Hepworth Clarke Carnagie

Pronouns: zie / zir; they / them; doctor

Co-Chair, Dr. Zelaika Hepworth Clarke Carnagie {zie / zir; they / them; doctor} is the first Jamerican (Jamaican-American) to receive three degrees in sexuality studies from accredited universities in the USA: 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, and from Decolonizing Knowledge and Power Summer School in Barcelona, Catalonia. Dr.Clarke cofounded an anti-racist sexuality studies program at Goddard College and co-created with Dr. Herukhuti the Decolonial Sexual Attitude Restructuring/ Reassessment (D-SAR). The D-SAR is a unique and innovative sexuality training program that assists participants understand the impact of settler-colonialism, imperialism, white supremacy, capitalism, and cisheterpatriarchy on their and other’s relationships to sex, gender, sexuality, and relationships. Dr.Clarke is an anti-colonial sexuality educator, African-centered social worker, co-liberator, loveologist, decolonial eroticologist, sexosopher, autoethnographer, clinical and cultural sexologist, & sexual epistemologist.

Co-Chair, Serina Payan Hazelwood

Pronouns: she / her

Co-Chair, Serina Payan Hazelwood {she/her} is a queer, Indigenous-Chicana, scholar, somatic community collaborator. She is an AASECT certified Holistic Sexuality Educator and yoga teacher dedicated to liberatory praxis through Indigenous Knowledges. Her work is rooted in the cosmologies of the land. Reclamation, Ritual, and Renewal are the guiding value systems that inform the human experience of her work. Serina's work is transdisciplinary and influenced by the Nahui Ollin Mexican Indigenous Epistemology (Way of Knowing). The anti and decolonial, queer, and feminist of-color methodologies support the andro-heutagogy (self-determined) and Indigenous pedagogies that create collaborative and sustainable learning spaces. Serina established a Sustainability in Justice Policy and a Boundary Statement for White Participants that facilitates dialog and the potential for systemic changes within predominantly and historically white institutions (PHWI). She co-authored the published article, Reimagining U.S. Federal Land Management Through Decolonization and Indigenous Value Systems in 2021. Serina is in the final stages of a Master's program that will lead to a Doctoral in Sustainability in Education from Prescott College.

Joleen M. Nevers

Pronouns: she / her

Institute Committee Member, Joleen M. Nevers {she/her} has over twenty years of experience in the field of sexuality education with young adults. She has created award winning sexuality programs and groups within college health. Additionally, she has provided numerous publications regionally and nationally on the topic of sexuality education and she has several publications. She has supported and learned from the students that she has served in addition to being committed to the lifelong process of unlearning white culture. She has hosted several white accountability spaces including at institutions and organizations where she has worked and volunteered.

Mx. Chels Morgan

Pronouns: they / them and xe / xem

Institute Committee Member, Chels Morgan is a Black, Afro-Latinx, Queer and Neuroexpansive sexuality & justice educator, cultural competency specialist, and intimacy director & coordinator. Their work specializes in topics under the umbrella of BDSM & Kink, LGBTQ+ intimacy, non-monogamy, trauma responsiveness and social justice and is guided by the intersectional, disability justice and transformative justice frameworks developed by black women and black trans scholars who have come before xem. They are specifically focused on how the work can serve to provide better representation and more equitable resources for members of the global majority in media.

Chels is an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator (CSE) as well as a Certified Holistic Sexuality Educator (CHSE) via the Institute for Sexuality Education and Enlightenment (ISEE) and is also certified by the ANTE UP! Virtual Freedom Professional Development School for Justice Workers in the history, implementation, and troubleshooting of various justice frameworks related to the sexuality field. In service of their greater goal to curate trauma-responsive educational and theatrical spaces, they have gained a wealth of training in psychological & physical responses to trauma as well as in the processing of emotional information. Their training includes certifications from Johns Hopkins University in Psychological First Aid (PFA), the National Council for Mental Wellbeing in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), and they have also completed a Transformative Justice & Community Safety self-study led by Spring Up. They have used this training to develop curricula and praxis for fostering greater inclusivity for the global majority members of their communities. They also recently published an academic essay in the Journal of Consent-Based Performance critiquing consent-based models for performance and education and imagining ways they can be more inclusive of racial justice, disability justice and transformative justice principles and are developing curricula for incorporating transformative accountability and healing justice principles into sexuality education and consent-based performance work.

Roger Kuhn

Pronouns: He / Him

Institute Committee Member and Professional Education Steering Committee Chair, Dr. Roger Kuhn {he/him} 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 his work as a licensed psychotherapist, Roger is a faculty lecturer of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University. He is a board member of the American Indian Cultural Center of San Francisco and a community organizer of the Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirit powwow.

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