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Speaker, Program Set for Sexuality Month 

ALBANY, N.Y. (Jan. 29, 2019) – A keynote presentation by Carmen Perez, co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington, will highlight the University at Albany’s annual recognition of Sexuality Month during the month of February. 

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Carmen Perez, co-chair of the Women's March on Washington, will speak Feb. 12 in the Campus Center. 

Perez will speak about the “Me Too” movement and women’s empowerment on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom. She will sign autographs and meet with students at a reception immediately following her presentation.

Perez, who was named one of TIME magazine’s “Most Influential People” in 2017, is the executive director of The Gathering for Justice, a not-for-profit established to end child incarceration and eliminate racial inequalities in the criminal justice system. She rose to fame when she helped organize the Women’s March on Washington, considered one of the largest global protests with more than 5 million people marching.

This year marks the 36th year that UAlbany has hosted Sexuality Month, established to support students facing critical issues in the areas of gender and sexuality, HIV/AIDS, relationships, identity and reproductive health.

The program, running Feb. 4-21, is coordinated by the University’s Student Association, the Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program, the Center for Behavioral Health Promotion and Applied Research, and Counseling and Psychological Services with funding from University Auxiliary Services.

“Sexuality Month was established 36 years ago at our university to recognize the importance of a number of key themes related to sexuality, broadly defined,” said M. Dolores Cimini, director of the Center for Behavioral Health Promotion and Applied Research and the Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program. “Through our educational programs, we hope to meet the needs of our students as well as provide a retrospective and prospective look at the issues and challenges they are facing,” said Cimini, who also is Sexuality Month planning committee co-chair.

In addition to Perez’s keynote presentation, numerous Sexuality Month exhibits, film screenings, lectures and workshops will be offered, including:

  • Exhibits by Project Shape (Sexual Health and Peer Education Program), Lecture Center Concourse, Feb. 4-21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Exhibit: Breast and Testicular Cancer Prevention, Lecture Center Concourse, Feb. 11, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Middle Earth Exhibit, Campus Center Lobby, Feb. 4-21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Workshop: Sex in the U.S. and Europe: Lessons Learned, Campus Center 375, Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m.
  • Interactive Game: Sexually Transmitted Infections: What Do You Really Know? Campus Center 375, Feb. 4, 10 p.m.
  • Book presentation/conversation: “Writing Love on Valentines’ Day” by Christopher Castellani and Lauren Wilkinson, Campus Center 375, Thursday, Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m.

The full schedule of events can be viewed in the 2019 Sexuality Month Brochure.

 

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