2016 Schiller Prize Recipient - Cross-Cultural Code-Switching in Sexuality: Adaptation for Inclusivity - Lorena Olvera Moreno, MEd, MPsT & Mark Levand, MA, MEd

Congratulations to our 2016 Schiller Prize Recipient - Cross-Cultural Code-Switching in Sexuality: Adaptation for Inclusivity by Lorena Olvera Moreno, MEd, MPsT & Mark Levand, MA, MEd. 

Thank you to AASECT’s Professional Education Steering Committee and the Annual Conference Program Planning Committee for the honor of this award.  To all those who have supported and continue to support our educational endeavors at the Center for Human Sexuality Studies of Widener University—we are extremely grateful for all of the hard work you put into our formation as educators.  We accept this award with humility, knowing that without out those around us—mentors, colleagues, and students alike—we could not continue to educate the way that we do today.  Thank you. - Lorena Olvera & Mark Levand

Mark Levand MA, MEd is a sexuality educator and trainer based out of Philadelphia. Formally trained in both human sexuality and Catholic theology, his main areas of interest include: sexual ethics and diversity, cross-cultural sexuality, and the intersection of sexuality and faith.  As a part of his work, Mark teaches human sexuality courses at various colleges and conducts professional trainings to increase sensitivity towards sexual differences, self-reflective sexuality, and faith and religion within sexuality. In 2015, Mark received the AASECT Student Presentation Award for his co-presentation of Kink-positive, Patient-centered Care for Health Care Professionals. Mark holds Masters’ degrees in Theology and Religious Studies (John Carroll University, 2011) and Human Sexuality (Widener University, 2014).  He is currently completing his PhD in the Center for Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University, and is a member of AASECT and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS). To learn more, visit www.marklevand.com


Lorena Olvera, Med, MPsT is a Mexican sexuality educator who came to the United States with a Fulbright scholarship. In Mexico, she worked at the high school and college level, teaching human sexuality courses and developing sexuality curricula. Her main areas of interest in the field include: cross-cultural sexuality, sexuality and Latinxs, and the use of theater for sexuality education. Lorena has volunteered at reproductive health organizations in Mexico, Philadelphia, and Norristown. She has worked as a host on educational radio and television shows about sexuality in Mexico and Philadelphia, where she currently hosts “EduSex Phila” in Philatinos Radio. She also holds a Spanish-language educational Facebook page, Sexprésate, with more than 65,000 followers, where she writes about sexuality, gender equality, and relationships.

Lorena holds a Master’s (MEd) degree in Human Sexuality Education (Widener University, 2014), a Master’s (MPsT) degree in Psychosexual Therapy (Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, 2012), and a Bachelor degree in Psychology (Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, 2008). She is currently completing her PhD in the Center for Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University and is a member of the following organizations: the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), the Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WOCSHN), and the Advanced Sexuality Educators and Trainers (ASET) group.

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