Welcome to the new online, interactive version of Contemporary Sexuality! As you may already know, AASECT decided to change the format of the Contemporary Sexuality newsletter after discovering that only a small percentage of our membership was reading the former version. The purpose of the new Contemporary Sexuality online newsletter is to connect members to dynamic, timely news, ideas and information that is relevant to AASECT and the sexuality community.
Welcome to our inaugural revised edition of Contemporary Sexuality! We made the change from the previous version once we began tracking the number of readers and realized that only a small portion of our members were reading it. Since there is no reason to publish something that our members are not using, we decided to try a more interactive newsletter with various types of content. We asked for your feedback and have tried to include what you asked for. Please feel free to give us more suggestions and feedback on what you would like to see in CS. We aim to please!!
As we come together June 8-12, 2016 in San Juan, Puerto Rico for AASECT's 48th Annual Conference, we will examine the theme "Putting the Pieces Together: Inclusivity in Practice" as a means to increase the richness of the diverse identities and experiences within our field and AASECT. We hope you will be a part of the conference that features sessions exploring the ways in which we can work, with an eye towards expanding our understanding of the importance and significance of practicing inclusivity and impact-awareness, in the field of sexuality.
AASECT Mentoring Program: Opportunities for Growth and Support: In my role as the Chair of AASECT’s Outreach Steering Committee, 2015 was a year for exploring ways to improve AASECT’s outreach both domestically and internationally. A significant part of those efforts were focused on revitalizing and enhancing AASECT’s mentoring program. The mentoring program is designed to help support members through various stages of their professional development.
Within the Communications Committee we are up to some pretty exciting projects! For one, we have created a committee dedicated to the Listserve with the objective of making it a more productive and appealing platform for colleagues from all walks of life. Our goal is to have more and more of our members use this platform to share their news, wisdom and information. We are in the process of on-boarding these colleagues for the next office term (starting in June).
A big southern Ohio hello colleagues! Public Relations, Media & Advocacy Steering Committee (PRMA) committee chair here, and I’m stoked to share that we, our AASECT community members, have been connecting with media from coast to coast! Since I took on this role in July 2014, our members’ sex/ual/ity expertise has been cited in the Chicago Tribune, several parenting magazines, Consumer’s Digest, NY Magazine, Greatist.com, Sporting News, California Sunday Magazine, CNN, More Magazine, Cosmopolitan, and NPR Boston! These are on-line, on-air, as well as print sources. Many of these med
AASECT’s 2016 Winter Institute took place at the Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis, January 11 through January 14, 2016. Co-directing the Winter Institute were Barry McCarthy, PHD; Susan Stiritz, MBA, MSW, PHD, and Jessica Naslund, MSW.
Sally Valentine, PhD, FAACS, LCSW, CST, CSTS - Vice President of Membership, gives us an in depth look at the Membership Services Steering Committee. 1. Since you have taken over as VP of Membership, can you tell us what the Membership Services Steering Committee has been up to?
AASECT recently created the Creating Community Scholarship Fund which was developed with the goal of building a more inclusive environment for promoting sexual health and advancing the field of sexuality.