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Sex Week Research & Resources Symposium

Monday, March 5 | 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. | Student Union Ballrooms

 

Through our theme of InterSEXionality we seek to promote an interdisciplinary approach to sexual health and sexuality, which centers diverse and inclusive scholarly, scientific, and lived-experience viewpoints. It is our goal to examine the ways that sexual health and sexuality intersect with other identities and experiences. The symposium will showcase scholarly work in a series of oral presentations*, as well as a resource fair from departments all across campus and the greater Jacksonville community. This event is hosted by the UNF LGBT Resource Center and the UNF International Studies Program. Brunch will be provided by CAN Community Health.

 

Oral presentations will last 10 minutes each, with 3-5 minutes for Question and Answer. *Some scholars will also be displaying their work via poster presentation. Posters will be on display in the ballroom throughout the symposium.

Presentations

  Exploring HIV Risk among MSM Using Sex Diary Methodology

       Oral Presentation: 12:15 p.m.

       Presented by: Robert Zeglin

 

Author(s):

Robert Zeglin, University of North Florida Brooks College of Health, Department of Public Health; Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

Alane Ertel, University of North Florida Brooks College of Health, Department of Public Health; Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

Duval Sexual Health Research Team, University and Community Partners

   

The annual incidence rate of HIV in Duval County is twice as high as the national average and primarily affecting men who have sex with men (MSM), spreading via sexual contact. To address this, the goal of this project is to create a sex diary web-interface that collects valuable and timely data on participants’ sexual encounters. This will aid in determining the condom-use habits and beliefs of MSM who live in Duval County. We plan to use the data to set the stage for an early intervention tool using a widespread web-interface, such as a website or smartphone application, to prevent future transmissions of HIV. The novel parts of this project is a) the use of hierarchical linear modeling, using the participants’ social determinants of health as the level two sample unit and the sexual encounter as the level one sample unit and b) the use of sex diary methodology.

Self-Construct*

       Oral Presentation: 12:30 p.m.

       Presented by: Ricder Ricardo

 

Author(s):

Ricder Ricardo, University of North Florida Department of Art and Design

   

Self-Construct is a series of self-portraits created as a way to reveal a narrative about tolerance, acceptance and misperception. These images reveal my struggles as a gay man coming to terms with my sexuality and honor the LGBT community and everyone living in adversity and surviving violence, abuse and discrimination.

Does First Sex Really “Just Happen?” A Retrospective Exploratory Study of Sexual Debut among American Adolescents

       Oral Presentation: 12:45 p.m.

       Presented by: Samantha Kwiatkowski

 

Author(s):

Lisa D. Lieberman, Montclair State University Department of Public Health

Eva S. Goldfarb, Montclair State University Department of Public Health

Samantha Kwiatkowski, University of North Florida College of Education and Human Services

Paul Santos, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

 

First sex marks a significant transition for most adolescents, yet teens often report that it was unplanned. Seventy-four college students participated in exploratory focus groups about their first sex. Although initially asked whether their first sex was spontaneous or planned, many participants revealed evidence of forethought or anticipation, signifying a third option, anticipation. This study suggests that the development and timing of sexual health messages should build on the apparent, albeit often unacknowledged, planning and thought that accompany the transition to first sex. Specifically, during the time immediately preceding first sex, young people might be particularly open to such messages.

Young Women and Social Media: The Relationship among Self-Esteem, Body Image, Body Shame, and Satisfaction in Romantic Relationships*

       Oral Presentation: 1:15 p.m.

       Presented by: Kassie Terrell and Elissa Barr

 

Author(s):

Kassie Terrell, University of North Florida Department of Public Health, Brooks College of Health, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Elissa M Barr, University of North Florida Department of Public Health, Brooks College of Health

Reagan Palmer, University of North Florida Department of Public Health, Brooks College of Health, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

 

Many young women compare themselves to the ideal, beautiful bodies of models, actresses, and artists on social media. This comparison leaves little room for flaws; yet, this perfection expectation is far from obtainable. This research presents social media’s impact on young women’s self-esteem, body image, and satisfaction in romantic relationships.

About that Knapsack: A Cisgender Straight Teacher’s List of Privileges*

       Oral Presentation: 1:30 p.m.

       Presented by: Carolyne Ali-Khan

 

Author(s):

Carolyne Ali-Khan, University of North Florida Department of Foundations & Secondary Education, College of Education and Human Services

 

Peggy McIntosh’s iconic article on unpacking the invisible knapsack, highlighted the kinds of privileges that are largely taken for granted by white people. This presentation contains a list similarly intended to prompt reflection about the way that straight cisgender privilege circulates in K-12 (specifically high-school) spaces.

The Need for Increased Evidence-Based Sexuality Education*

       Oral Presentation: 1:45 p.m.

       Presented by: Adisa Rajkovic and Elissa Barr

 

Author(s):

Adisa Rajkovic, University of North Florida Department of Public Health, Brooks College of Health

Elissa Barr, University of North Florida Department of Public Health, Brooks College of Health

Michele Moore, University of North Florida Department of Public Health, Brooks College of Health

 

Risky sexual behaviors among youth remain high, as do their negative health outcomes including unplanned pregnancy, STDs, and HIV. This presentation will document the need for evidence-based sexuality education and provide additional solutions including parent involvement, teacher trainings, and student advocacy as we continue to improve sexual health of youth. 

In High Spirits*

       Poster Presentation Only: Noon – 2:00 p.m.

 

Author(s):

Timothy Caudill, University of North Florida Department of Art and Design

  

  In High Spirits is a comic book featuring lesbian, gay, and bisexual characters. It explores the nuances of teen sexuality in an everyday setting depicting life as I remember it. The themes of homosexuality derive from the yaoi and yuri genres of Japanese anime, and the androgyny of alternative subculture.

Perceptions of the Effect of Dress Code Policies on Educational Goals*

       Poster Presentation Only: Noon – 2:00 p.m.

 

Author(s):

Hope Bess Wilson, University of North Florida Department of Foundations & Secondary Education, College of Education and Human Services

Angela Mann, University of North Florida Department of Psychology

Meghan Jeffrey, University of North Florida Department of Psychology

   

Dress code policies, regulating student appearance and placing a value upon the homogeneity of student expression, have become an increasing part of our national discourse regarding education and schooling. The objectives of this study were to examine perceptions of dress code policies across three groups: recently graduated students (i.e., undergraduate students), parents, and school personnel (i.e., teachers and administrators).

Through…*

       Poster Presentation Only: Noon – 2:00 p.m.

 

Author(s):

Bear Cooper, University of North Florida Department of Art and Design

   

This series of woodcuts reexamines self-portraits within a new framework to translate underlying emotional themes.  As I carve each image into the woodblock, I also carve out my identity as a transgender person facing a regime of intolerance- offering a glimpse into how it feels to transition in this society.

Resources

The following organizations will have representatives present at tables around the ballroom from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. to share their resources and other helpful information.

  • Women’s Center of Jacksonville
  • CAN – Community Action Network
  • FC2 – Female/Internal Condom
  • Florida Department of Health
  • University of North Florida Department of Diversity Initiatives
  • University of North Florida International Studies Program
  • University of North Florida Counseling Center
  • University of North Florida LGBT Resource Center
  • University of North Florida Office of Undergraduate Research 
  • University of North Florida Recreation and Wellness