Interns for Spring 2014:
Lilly Rogers graduated from Suffolk University in 2012, where she majored in Sociology with a concentration in Health, Medicine, & the Body and minored in Women & Gender studies. She currently resides in Providence with a personal library that is threatening to encroach upon her entire apartment. Lilly aspires to travel the world and someday own a dog. Her passions lie in LGBTQ rights, feminism, and truly comprehensive, inclusive sexual health education. She is a writer who hopes someday to brazenly publish her work, including a memoir about her process of coming out as a lesbian, and identifying as Femme.
Kayla is a Sophomore at Johnson & Wales University where she studies Sports, Entertainment, and Event Management. While she loves planning events, Kayla’s passions lie in sex-positivity and sexuality education. In 2012 she was named a Point Scholar by the Point Foundation, the nation’s largest scholarship fund for LGBTQ students of merit. On campus Kayla serves as the Education Chair of the “Pride Alliance” and the Co-President of “ASK! Wellness & Equity Education”, a peer education and resource advocacy organization that provides university-wide programming around alcohol and drugs, nutrition and wellness, sleep and stress management, sexual health and pleasure, and gender & sexuality education. She is often referred to by her peers as the campus “Condom Lady”, a nickname she’s grown quite fond of! When she’s not busy with all of the above, you’ll probably find Kayla indulging in her favorite guilty pleasures–french fries, endless pots of tea, and Netflix documentaries!
Ash is a Virginia-born psychology student, who wishes to eventually become a sex therapist that specializes in LGBT issues, as well as counseling queer youth that grew up in small towns similar to hers. Her desire to pursue a career related to sexuality was shaped by a college class on sex and gender, her forays into gender studies, and late-night outings with her friends to the nearby adult novelty shop for their $5 grab-bags. When she’s not working with the CSPH, her passions include yoga and cross-stitching explicit rap verses. She drinks lots of coffee and probably spends too much on edgy, androgynous haircuts, but is undeterred.
Born and mostly raised in Fall River, MA, Alicia has lived in a variety of locations ranging from “military town” Jacksonville, NC to the Portuguese island of Sao Miguel Azores, all of which helped shape her eclectic and colorful personality.
Alicia has a strong desire to explore all aspects of sexuality and psychology, and as such, she is currently attending Bristol Community College’s Mass Transfer Program in hopes of becoming a sexual therapist. When not in school, Alicia is working on her radio show “Raw Sex” which promotes sexual education, spending time with her daughter, or obsessing over Chris Cornell.
Volunteers for Spring 2014
Sam Jacobson graduated from Brandeis University in 2010 with a degree in English, Film, and Creative Writing. While at Brandeis, he served as a peer counselor with Student Sexuality Information Service, a student-run group dedicated to providing sex education and counseling services to the campus. Volunteering for The CSPH, he is able to use his comfort with topics related to sex and sexuality in concert with his skills as a copy-editor. Plus, he gets to talk about sex. What’s not to love?
Abby is a recent graduate from Clark University with a Bachelors in Psychology, and a background in neuroscience and biology. She is passionate about studying intimacy and couples, particularly facilitating effective communication, vulnerability, emotional intelligence, and conflict resolution. Abby has always had a vibrant enthusiasm for all things sexuality-related; the running joke among her friends freshman year at Clark was that she would one day become a sex therapist. She is currently taking time to explore and refine her interests in intimacy and sexuality, and will be continuing her education, hopefully to actually become a (couples and sex) therapist! Abby’s favorite colors are yellow and coral pink, and her favorite scent is grapefruit. She has a kitty whose name is Cori, and he’s kind of a big deal (ask anyone). Abby loves foreign films, exercising, cheese, dry humor, and all things inspirational.
Jenn graduated from Brown University in 2012 with a degree in Human Biology and Gender and Sexuality Studies. She used her degrees to focus on reproductive health and education, completing an honors thesis in female reproductive toxicology research and a concentration capstone in family planning practices in the US and in Haiti. While at Brown, Jenn also served as a co-Chair of the Sexual Health Education and Empowerment Council (SHEEC), a student-run group responsible for bringing all types of sexual health programming to campus. It was through SHEEC that she discovered her passion for issues surrounding sexual health openness and communication, contraception, and education, as well as her desire to become involved in both the sex positive and reproductive justice movements in a meaningful way. She currently resides in Cambridge, MA where she spends her free time exploring (and getting lost in) Boston on her bike, working as a GYN Health Care Assistant at Planned Parenthood, and looking at cute pictures of bunnies on the Internet.
Luisa lives most of the year in Montreal, Canada, where she is doing her undergraduate studies in Sociology and Psychology at Concordia University. She sings for the Reproductive Justice League Choir and organizes with the Center for Gender Advocacy in Montreal, specifically the Reproductive Justice campaign. She babysits and tutors in English and Spanish, and she also writes for her personal sexuality-themed blog. The loves of her life are Oscar and Mau, her nephews, who live in Mexico City, where she herself was born and raised. In her free time, she likes to read through feminist and sex-positive blogs and websites (and when she is not reading, she is probably talking nonstop about what she just read). She also likes drinking coffee, exploring the city, watching YouTube videos and eating pasta.
Grace originally attended Wellesley College, where she discovered her passion for social justice. Though her time at a historically women’s college taught her invaluable lessons about gender issues, she transferred and found a home at Brown University. While there, she was given the opportunity to foster sex positivity online as the Social Media and Website Intern at the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health. The following summer, she gained a more comprehensive understanding of sexuality issues by interning at the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center. Now, she returns to the Center to further her own learning and provide resources to the community.
Heather graduated from Bridgewater State University with degrees in psychology and business. Her goal is to become a sex therapist/educator and to make a difference in the life of women and girls and their relationship towards sex. She was asked to participate in the documentary, “The Breast Archives”, which provides a forum for women to discuss their breasts and the ways they have impacted their lives. She has also co-founded and is the primary fund-raiser for Life Starts Now Inc., a non-profit organization. She lives in Walpole, Massachusetts, with her fiancee, Jess, and their dog, Rocco. She is also an avid photography and is rarely seen without her camera.
After earning her BA in English and Secondary Education from Providence College, Anna decided to change career fields and coasts. She spent two years in San Jose, CA as a Rape Crisis Advocate with the YWCA Silicon Valley. In addition to crisis intervention, peer counseling and community education programs, Anna worked on specialized issues including commercially sexually exploited children and child victims of sexual assault. She has performed in several productions of “The Vagina Monologues.” Though most of her professional experience has centered around ending sexual violence, Anna is very excited to shift her focus towards promoting positive sexual experiences. In the fall, she plans on beginning a master’s program in Higher Education Administration with the hopes of one day directing a Women’s Resource Center on a college campus. Her alter egos include those of international traveler, skilled hostess and trivia jockey.
Originally hailing from Maryland, Liz is a recent Bachelor of Arts graduate of the University of Rhode Island’s Psychology department. Liz is passionate about many issues such as LGBT and gender spectrum rights, sexual variability and sexual health and education. Promoting healthy body image, changing negative views of alternative sexuality and encouraging people to love and respect their sexual selves are some of her goals in her education and her work. She plans to obtain graduate training in sexuality and social work to become a sexual counselor and educator. An avid writer, she also hopes to someday write and publish books. She discovered her passion for sexuality studies at the Community College of Rhode Island through both a course in human sexuality and her involvement with the Gay Straight Alliance. She went on to devour every gender and sexuality related course she could find and in 2011 did an internship with YouthPride, a center that works with LGBT teens in Providence. She continues to volunteer there and spends her free time reading, writing, pursuing health goals and loving her cat Peaches. She loves anime, pugs, good conversation, punk music and self-expression.
Daisy is a junior from Dartmouth College, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Global Health. Although she has always been interested in the health profession, it wasn’t until college that she realized the interconnectedness of physical and emotional well being, as well as the importance of public education on sexual health. By joining CSPH, she hopes to learn more about sexual health, and at the same time, educate others. In addition to being a Resident Advisor on campus, Daisy is part of Mentors Against Violence – a group that performs facilitations about bystander awareness and rape culture. In her free time, Daisy can be found reading dystopian fiction, sampling different types of French fries, or touring various greenhouses.
“I was born and raised in beautiful Vancouver, BC and moved to Montreal in 2012 to study at Concordia University. At Concordia I am studying women and religion, and as a minor I am in an interdisciplinary studies of sexuality. in 2015, Concordia will be offering the sexuality program as a major and I intend to apply for the new program. What I enjoy doing when I am not doing homework is to read, go for a run, play soccer, hang out with my friends. I have been a gardener for nine consecutive years now, and I will further continue my hobby. I absolutely love plants and animals. I love to watch the plants grow from seed, and I warn you once you start talking about plants I can’t stop!”