Interns for Fall 2013:
Originally from the East side of the Globe, Ari completed her degree in Boston in Feminist Studies and Media Studies. She is passionate about celebrating sexual diversity and spends a lot of time thinking about sex and culture. Ari enjoys traveling and has already crossed the United States twice; once on a bike and once with a backpack. If she is not reading about sex, Ari is checking out a book on consciousness, eco-psychology or cooking. She is an aspiring sex coach and is currently running sexcoachforyou.tumblr.com. Ari loves her dog, the ukulele and herbal medicine.
Cassandra Corrado – Social Media and Development Intern
Cassandra spent half of her life in West Chester, PA and half of her life in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She currently is a third-year student at New College of Florida in Sarasota, Fla., where she studies Literature and Gender Studies, facilitates the Sexual Violence Support Group, is the Co-President of Voices for Planned Parenthood, and is the student facilitator for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. She is interested in how race and class affect the sexual violence reporting rate in addition to the social performance of queer couples. Following her graduation from New College, she hopes to attend graduate school for Social Work and Non-Profit Management. She has three cats, a puppy, and a rat and spends all of her free time napping and doing baking experiments in her kitchen.
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.
Ruby is an undergrad at Tufts University double majoring in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and English. On campus, she is on the board of the sexual health and reproductive justice student group which puts on an annual sex fair and sends condomgrams all over campus, as well as two feminist/social justice discussion and action groups. When she’s not reading about intersections of sex, sexuality, gender, race, class, ability, and bodies, Ruby enjoys getting lost in Boston, finding new restaurants in Somerville, and snuggling with her dog.
Kayla is a Sophomore at Johnson & Wales University where she studies Event Management with a focus in non-profit events and fundraisers. While she loves planning events, Kayla’s passion lies in sex-positivity and sexuality education. On campus she serves as 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! In her spare time, Kayla runs her own company–Frankly Speaking–and works with college-aged women as a Sex + Pleasure Coach. 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.
Volunteers for Fall 2013
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?
Kimberly is a licensed independent clinical social worker, an avid runner, and a native New Yorker. Currently serving as a Youth Development Facilitator in the Peace Corps, Kimberly delights in dispelling masturbation myths, eating mangos, and giving condom demonstrations in Spanish. She is a graduate of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, of Case Western Reserve University. Upon returning from Peru, Kimberly hopes to build upon her experience in psychotherapy and comprehensive sex education, and become an AASECT certified sex therapist.
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.
Diana Buchhalter is the community educator at Family Planning of South Central NY, where she conducts sex ed workshops for groups of all ages. She believes all things in life should be discussed with as much brevity, honesty, and humor as possible. She is passionate about communication and encouraging healthy sexual lifestyles and habits through dialogue, education, and understanding. Her long term goal is to earn her master’s in social work and work with the aging population and their providers to promote sexual health throughout the lifespan. She’s looking forward to teaching you something new this summer, one word at a time.
Sam is a 2011 graduate of University of Wisconsin Madison, where he majored in philosophy. In college, Sam served as an officer of AHA a secular student group dedicated to creating a space for the non-religious to find community, sponsoring educational events, raising public awareness, and volunteering. Sam believes strongly in sex positivity and sex education. He hopes to help create a space where people can learn and mingle. Sam is married and has a cat named Wumpus.
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.
Tirzah is a senior, hailing from St. Olaf College in Minnesota. She’s receiving a degree in music, but spends most of her time revelling in the liberal arts and soaking up information about sexuality. Before her time there, she studied flute performance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In her free time she likes to quilt and embroider. She spent her summer working in the Center doing library work and programming, in addition to her duties as Vulva Puppet Seamstress (Mistress). She’s embarking on marketing work this fall, and eventually hopes to find a job (any job) that will allow her to pay off some school loans and take some yoga classes whenever possible. Above all, she desperately wants you and everyone else to be happy, and to love yourself and every facet of your sexuality
Miriam Midoun graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and a specialization in Peace and Justice Studies. During her years as an undergraduate student, her long-time commitment to social justice grew, as did her passion for gender equality and her conviction that sexual pleasure and health are fundamental human rights. Currently, she is pursuing her Master of Science degree in Behavioral and Social Sciences at Brown University, with a primary focus in sexual health. Her general interests include gender norms, sociocultural determinants of health inequalities, and the development of culturally-appropriate methods in research. She hopes to one day be awarded her Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to spend even more hours of the day discussing sex in the meantime.