The following sex education leaders will be featured on the panel:
Brittany Brathwaite (reproductive justice activist | KIMBRITIVE)
Brittany Brathwaite is a reproductive justice activist, community accountable scholar, and justice designer with a deep-seated commitment for supporting the leadership, organizing, and health of girls of color. Brittany has worked to create change through sexual health education, advocacy, policy and research. Brittany is the co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer at KIMBRITIVE, a social start-up unapologetically working to educate and empower communities about sexual health, reproductive justice and everything in between. Brittany holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s and Gender Studies from Syracuse University and a Master of Public Health and Master of Social Work from Columbia University. When she’s not attempting to save the world, you can catch on her co- curating a feminist gift box inspired by women of color, The Homegirl Box.
Kurt Conklin (sexuality education trainer)
Kurt Conklin, MPH, MCHES began his career at Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania. Later, as Director of Programs at the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS) he trained school personnel in places as diverse as Mississippi, California, North Dakota, the District of Columbia, and New York City. He is a contributor to the national Teacher Preparation Standards for Sexuality Education, and continues to train teachers to use the National Sexuality Education Standards. He is currently on the faculty of the Montclair State University Department of Public Health. His 2013 research article “’We Can’t Let Chicago Outdo Us, Can We?’ Sex Education and Desegregation in New York City's Public Schools” appeared in the journal History of Education Quarterly.
Lindsay Fram (Children's Aid)
Lindsay Fram currently serves as the Director of Capacity Building for the Children’s Aid Adolescence Division. She has an MPH from Tulane University and served two years in the Peace Corps in Guatemala working with schools on HIV education and prevention. Lindsay then spent several years teaching sexuality education as part of the Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program (Carrera Program) and then went on to developed a middle school sexuality education curriculum for the Carrera Program titled Above the Waist: Sexuality Education Beginning with the Brain. Lindsay also works as an independent consultant training teachers and parent groups who want to increase their capacity to talk to young people about sex and sexuality.
Emily Kadar (National Institute for Reproductive Health)
Emily Kadar is the Government Affairs and Advocacy Manager at the National Institute for Reproductive Health and the NIRH Action Fund. In that role, she lobbies for proactive policies that fortify access to abortion, contraception, and sexuality education in New York State and City and manages the organization's electoral activity. She also serves as co-chair of the Sexuality Education Alliance of New York City (SEANYC), a broad coalition that advocates for comprehensive, K-12 sex ed that meets the National Sexuality Education Standards for all New York City youth.
Lindsey Harr (New York City Department of Education)
Lindsey Harr is Executive Director for the Office of School Wellness Programs at the NYC Department of Education. She leads her team in promoting comprehensive health education as essential to student well-being and achievement. This work encompasses advising on systemwide policies, like the sexual health education mandate and the high school condom demonstration policy, as well as developing and implementing school-level efforts to strengthen sex ed. Through free trainings and curriculum, CDC-funded initiatives, the high school Condom Availability Program, and teacher mentoring, Lindsey and her team collaborate with educators and partners citywide to improve student access to quality, inclusive sexual health education.
Wazina Zondon (sexuality educator and trainer)
Wazina, enters her fourteenth year in the field of holistic sexuality, beginning as a sexuality educator at Planned Parenthood traveling throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region from high schools to prisons. She spent three years focusing on promoting and training on LGBTQ best practices for with the Empire State Pride Agenda and GLSEN; she returned to the classroom full-time in 2010. Inside and outside of the classroom, Wazina offers expertise on addressing the intersections of homophobia and islamophobia, often traveling as part of Coming Out Muslim: Radical Acts of Love, a storytelling performance. Currently she is part of the founding team at the Brooklyn Emerging Leaders Academy (BELA), an all-girl STEAM high school in BedStuy.
Learn more about our Teacher Training Program, please visit: https://sex-ed.tc.columbia.edu/
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Hope to see you on December 4th!