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Wednesday, March 20

All times listed in CST (Central Standard Time)

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Session A-1
It's Ok to Say Fat

This workshop will explore how sexual violence and anti-fatness intersect and will examine the history and evolution of the body positivity movement across popular culture and within SV prevention work. The workshop will illuminate the need to confront and eradicate harmful norms that continue ostracize and harm BIPOC, fat, queer, and disabled folks.  (Sarah Curley and Angie Rehling, Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault)

Session A-2
Re-envisioning Youth Services to Better Serve Survivors of Sexual Exploitation

When working with youth and young adults, Harm Reduction must be approached as an extension of trauma-informed care. In this session, Anti-violence leaders and experts Janelly Medina and Lindsey Vang of Pathfinders Milwaukee will talk about how to approach youth service with a Harm Reduction lens. Stigma is one of the biggest hurdles faced by youth who have experienced trafficking, exploitation, trauma and violence, and this session will focus on how to reduce stigma as part of the healing journey. Meeting young people where they are (literally and figuratively) is key to effective practice, and presenters will highlight how to approach youth service with cultural humility. Attendees will walk away with practical tips for creating environments and building services that support a young person in making less harmful choices.   (Lyndsey Vang and Janelly Medina, Pathfinders)

Session A-3
La valentía de una Doula en Nuestras Comunidades [Translation:The Courage of a Doula in Our Communities]

Presentation given in Spanish. Interpretation options available.

Los participantes aprenderán todo sobre los beneficios de trabajar con una Doula para mejorar los resultados del parto. La presentadora compartirá los entresijos y las cosas más fascinantes que ha vivido trabajando tanto como Doula hospitalaria como extrahospitalaria. Las doulas se centran en ayudar a las personas a afrontar las partes difíciles del embarazo y el parto, así como en la pérdida de un bebé, y en honrar la conexión entre el nacimiento y la vida. Después de un parto, las Doulas se quedan con los clientes para abordar los desafíos posparto. Este taller explorará cómo trabajar eficazmente con una Doula y quién puede beneficiarse más de sus servicios. (Marisa Hernandez-Dewindt, Wisconsin Doulas of Color Collective)


Participants will learn all about the benefits of working with a Doula to improve birth outcomes. The presenter will share the ins and outs and most fascinating things she has experienced working both as a Hospital Doula and Out-of-Hospital.  Doulas focus on helping individuals navigate the challenging parts of pregnancy and childbirth as well as infant loss and honoring the connection of birth and life.  After a birth, Doulas stay with clients to address post-partum challenges.  This workshop will explore how to effectively work with a Doula and who can most benefit their services. (Marisa Hernandez-Dewindt, Wisconsin Doulas of Color Collective)

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Session B-1
Diverse Journeys: Navigating LGBTQ+ Family Building

This webinar is designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the various pathways available for LGBTQ+ individuals and couples to create families. Alease, an experienced Embryologist and reproductive health educator, will guide you through the biological, medical, legal considerations, and emotional aspects of LGBTQ+ family building. This webinar will be packed with resources to educate you or the LGBTQ+ communities you support! *Disclaimer: NO DIRECT MEDICAL OR LEGAL ADVICE WILL BE PROVIDED*  (Alease Barnes, Alease the Embryologist, LLC)

Session B-2
A Calzón Quitado [Translation: Spilling the Tea: Pleasure, Power and Health Promoters]

Presentation given in Spanish. Interpretation options available.

El programa de promotoras es una capacitación de trabajadores de salud comunitarios que tienen como objetivo mejorar los resultados de salud sexual y reproductiva en las comunidades de habla hispana. Prepara a los participantes para llevar a cabo conversaciones comunitarias llamadas A Calzón Quitado, que involucran a los participantes en la autorreflexión para desentrañar el machismo y el marianismo y cómo estas normas culturales socavan el logro de la salud y el placer sexual. Este taller compartirá lecciones aprendidas sobre la importancia de que los líderes comunitarios faciliten los eventos de A Calzón Quitado. (Karen Gomez and Miriam Rodriguez, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington)


The Promotoras program is a community health worker training that aims to improve sexual and reproductive health outcomes in Spanish speaking communities. It prepares trainees to conduct community conversations called A Calzón Quitado, which engage participants in self-reflection to unpack machismo and marianismo and how these cultural norms undermine the attainment of sexual health and pleasure. This workshop will share lessons learned about the importance of having community leaders facilitate the A Calzón Quitado events.  (Karen Gomez y Miriam Rodriguez, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington)

Session B-3
Providing Support: Emotions After Abortion

Despite being frequently mentioned in anti-abortion legislation and commentary, the best scientific evidence is clear: Abortions do not cause mental health concerns. However, abortions do not happen in social vacuums! Our identities, communities, values, beliefs, and cultural contexts might mean that we have big feelings and questions about our abortions and what they mean. In this training, we will review and discuss these topics, and reflect on our own social contexts and abortion-related values.   (Rachel Dyer)

Session B-4
Rehumanizing Sex Education: Breaking Taboos, Connecting with Children

Sex education is the most human education we can give to our students. This session will explore the hyper-stigmatized landscape of sex education and bring us back to an empathetic model. Sex Education is the most feared topic for an educator in the United States. Because of this, we are not only depriving our young people of the crucial literacy skills they need when it matters most, but we need opportunities to connect with our students on a personal level. It's time that we destigmatize sex education and rehumanize our education system.   (Bridgett Khoury, The School of Sexuality Project)

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Session C-1
Dear Mixed Girl; How Identity and Diversity Shape Our World

There are countless experiences with diversity, and it plays a role in everyone’s lives from birth. It is critical that there be communication on identity, self-doubt, the value of curiosity, expressed and shared diverse background experiences, and open conversation on diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and acceptance. Well-being and how having equitable resources leads to the potential to be an impactful member of such an ever-evolving world – this starts with human-to-human life navigation. (Dr. KayLa Allen, www.drkaylanallen.com)

Session C-2
Sexual Health Information Through Digital Literacy

Did you know that only 13 states in the U.S. require medically accurate sex education in schools (SIECUS)? That means that 37 states are not meeting the needs of the children who should be learning about how to take care of their bodies, how to have safe relationships with others, how to practice consent, and more. That is why Sex Education Nation (@sexedunation) was created. If we can’t educate our students in school, why not take it online? This presentation will explore the impact of Sex Ed. in a digitally literate world for a broad audience of learners of all ages, backgrounds, and identities. (Lucia Montalvo, Sex Education Nation)

Session C-3
Male Involvement and Responsibility: Conversations in Juvenile Justice Settings

This workshop will provide an overview of Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties' (PPOSBC) Male Involvement and Responsibility workshop that creates an opportunity for male-identified youth in the juvenile justice system a safe space to learn about sexual and reproductive health topics, break down ideas around traditional masculinity, and discuss its impact on men’s health and relationships. Learn from our experiences, success and challenges presenting this topic in this setting.  (Neil Reyes and Cris de la Cruz, Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties (PPOBSC))

Thursday, March 21

All times listed in CST (Central Standard Time)

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Session D-1
Black and Kinky 101

Whips, chains, and nipple clamps, oh my! Despite the world of BDSM being portrayed as painfully white and straight in the media, this session will explore the titillating contributions from Black womxn and non-binary kinksters. This session will unbury the hidden histories, provide audiences with social media resources and gems, and give all of us an opportunity to place stigma to the side as we *literally* let our freak flags fly! (Linetta Alexander Islam, Koren Dennison, Deja Taylor, UBUNTU Research and Evaluation)

Session D-2
What's the Root to the Tree?

This workshop provides an in-depth discussion of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) research and its relevance to a wide variety of mental and behavioral health issues. The basic research on ACEs will be shared as well as more recent research on the potential positive health benefits of positive childhood experiences. Participants will have an opportunity to review both the basic ACEs questionnaire and factors that support positive growth. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to discuss implications of this research for the people they work with and the services they provide in relation to the principles of trauma-informed care. (Samantha Collier, TeamTeal365, Inc.)

Session D-3
Beyond Hormone Therapy: Caring for the Whole Person

Participants attending this workshop will have the opportunity to learn how to support transgender/nonbinary patients as a whole person. Information presented will include resources available for legal name/gender marker changes, fertility preservation, obtaining injection supplies, funding sources available to pay for these services, and examples of when/how this information can be provided. (Melyssa Heintz, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin)

Session D-4
Educar en el Consentimiento desde la Perspectiva de Género [Translation: Educating on Consent from a Gender Perspective]

Presentation given in Spanish. Interpretation options available. 


Después del #metoo y el #cuentalo, la educación sobre el consentimiento en la sexualidad se vuelve más crucial que nunca. Sin embargo, no basta con abordar este tema de manera aislada; es fundamental considerar la complejidad de las dinámicas de género y poder que influyen en nuestras interacciones.  Este taller te invita a explorar cómo el consentimiento debe enseñarse de manera contextualizada y sensible a las diferencias de género. El objetivo es proporcionar a los participantes las herramientas necesarias para comprender cómo las estructuras de género y los diferenciales de poder afectan la forma en que se otorga, recibe y comprende el consentimiento en situaciones íntimas y sexuales.  Examinaremos cómo las nociones tradicionales de masculinidad y feminidad pueden influir en las percepciones de consentimiento. Este taller está diseñado para ser una experiencia dinámica y enriquecedora en la que cada minuto cuenta. Una oportunidad para adquirir herramientas prácticas y comprender la importancia de abordar el consentimiento desde una perspectiva de género. Conjuntamente, podemos construir relaciones más respetuosas, equitativas y conscientes. (Laura Roqueta Fernandez, @culturaconsentimiento) 


After the #metoo and #cuentalo movements, education about sexual consent is more crucial than ever. However, it is not enough to address this issue in isolation. It is critical to consider the complexity of the gender and power dynamics that influence our interactions. This workshop invites participants to explore how consent can be taught in a contextualized and gender-sensitive way. The aim is to provide participants with the necessary tools to understand how gender structures and power differentials affect the way consent is given, received, and understood in intimate and sexual situations. We will examine how traditional notions of masculinity and femininity can influence perceptions of consent. This workshop is designed to be a dynamic and enriching experience where every minute counts. An opportunity to acquire practical tools and understand the importance of addressing consent from a gender perspective. Together, we can build more respectful, equitable, and mindful relationships. (Laura Roqueta Fernandez, @culturaconsentimiento) 

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Session E-1
Masturbation, Pleasure & Choosing the Right Sex Toy

In this workshop, Host of Sex Ed with DB, Danielle Bezalel, MPH, will shed light on the various positive impacts of masturbation as it empowers so many people (especially vulva-owners and LGBTQ+ folks) the ability to access pleasure on their terms. She will also share the results of her own Masturbation Experiment with the Magic Wand and go over how to choose the right sex toy for your needs and desires! (Danielle Bezelel, Sex Ed with DB)

Session E-2
Kia Boys, Sex Trafficking, and You

This workshop is an introductory exploration of the question, “but what about the children?” We will discuss the realms in which capitalism, sex education and structural decolonization can contribute to the wellness of Milwaukee's Black youth, while identifying and dissecting the role that youth programming and cultural competency have on our narratives on young people. Join us as we dive deeper into discussions on bodily autonomy and the intersections of age, gender, and class. . (Jaylin Mitchell, Diverse & Resilient)

Session E-3
Navigating Insurance for Gender Affirming Care

This informative workshop will discuss navigating insurance for gender-affirming care. Discover essential strategies and insights to overcome the complexities of insurance coverage, ensuring you access the care you deserve. This workshop will guide you through the process of demystifying terminology and offering practical tips for dealing with insurance providers and resources for choosing an insurance plan. This conversation will help audience members make informed decisions and advocate for their healthcare when appealing denials for care. (Callen Smith and Katrina Becker, UW Health Gender Services Program)

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Session F-1
El Placer en Tus Manos. Beneficios de la Masturbación Femenina [Translation: The Pleasure in your Hands. Benefits of female masturbation]

Presentation given in Spanish. Interpretation options available.

Este taller está dirigido a mujeres mayores de edad y tiene como objetivo dar a conocer los beneficios más importantes que la masturbación les ofrece a nivel corporal, mental y emocional para vivir una vida sexual placentera y consciente. (Sandra Campo)


This workshop is aimed at women of legal age and aims to raise awareness of the most important benefits that masturbation offers them on a physical, mental and emotional level to live a pleasant and conscious sexual life. (Sandra Campo)

Session F-2
Centering Consent to Prevent Sexual Violence and Support Survivors

Participants will learn about consent-focused education at every age and how it can enhance protective factors against sexual violence and better build community empathy for survivors of sexual violence. The workshop will explore the foundations of healthy, respectful relationships, friendships, and communities, including the considerations and needs of LGBTQ+ community. Participants will learn and enhance knowledge on everyday consent, skill teaching, trauma-informed language, and responding to common consent questions. (Kaitlyn Wonderlin, Bolton Refuge House)

Session F-3
Ready, Set, PrEP: Breaking Boundaries Between Providers and Patient on Access to Pre-Exposure Prophylasis and More

Join Mystkue Woods in a comprehensive workshop addressing the key challenges that arise when providing services for individuals interested in Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). Throughout the workshop, you will gain insights into the three types of PrEP available for potential patients. Mystkue will also guide discussions on provider care and collaborating with PrEP navigation services. Furthermore, this session will debunk myths surrounding PrEP use, particularly for those who were Assigned Female at Birth. (Mystkue Woods, Mystkue Publications, LLC)

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Session G-1
Your Cervix is Fucking Magical!

Deep in the depths of the pelvis, some bodies have an amazing portal called the cervix. In this workshop we'll talk about where the cervix is located, what it can do (throughout the menstrual cycle and also during birth), and how you can touch & see your very own cervix (and why you might want to!)   (Ashley Hartman Annis)

Session G-2
Ciberactivismo Feminista (translation: Feminist Cyberactivism) 

Presentation given in Spanish. Interpretation options available.



We R Women on Fire es la cuenta de Internet feminista de información y ciberactivismo más grande de América Latina, que llega a miles de personas. En este taller, los participantes podrán conocer la historia detrás de We R Women On Fire y también del trabajo de una ciberactivista con enfoque feminista. Qué es ciberactivismo, Qué ha logrado el ciberactivismo, Cómo puedo ayudar desde donde sea que me encuentre, Cómo identifico violencia de género y qué puedo hacer en caso de vivirla o ser testigo. Estos son temas que los participantes podrán aprender en este taller. Con este taller busco poder invitar y motivar a las personas a prestar más atención a la realidad que viven las mujeres y que salgan de esa burbuja que muchas veces no nos deja ver más allá de lo que pasa a nuestro alrededor. El cambio debe ser colectivo, y para eso es importante unirnos, informarnos y tomar acción. (Sofia Márquez, Women on Fire Collective) 


We R Women on Fire is the largest feminist cyberactivist account in Latin America, reaching thousands of people. In this workshop, participants will learn why We R Women on Fire developed, and what it has achieved.  Creator and activist Sofia Marquez will discuss ways to identify gender-based violence and what people can do if they experience it or witness it. This workshop invites and motivates people to pay more attention to the reality that women live and will challenge everyone to leave the bubble that so often does not let us see what is going on around is. Change must be collective. It is important for women to unite, stay informed, and act in the face of injustice.  (Sofia Márquez, Women on Fire Collective) 

Session G-3
STIgma Minimization - an Integrated Approach to Youth Sex Education and STI Prevention Efforts

In this workshop, we’ll learn the most effective stigma-minimizing ways to educate youth. The STIgma Minimization takes the experiences of people navigating an STI diagnosis and integrates it into sex education and STI prevention efforts. We’ll uncover what we can learn from people navigating herpes stigma and how we as sex educators and health professionals can minimize the harmful effects of STI stigma through youth education AND our prevention efforts. (Courtney W. Brame, Something Positive for Positive People and Dakota Ramppen)

Session G-4
Who's the Boss: Examining Power Dynamics in Healthcare Settings 

Power dynamics in healthcare often create an atmosphere where clients/patients feel like they can’t challenge the provider’s authority or question the knowledge or experience of the “expert”. Whether it’s intentional or not, these dynamics strip patients of their own authority. This session explores how individual actions can uphold power dynamics in our clinical work, and how to shift our practice to balance that power with the people we care for. (Lucky Tomaszek, Transitions Birth Services for Every Body) 


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