October is all about SEX. That's why we call it Sextober!
We work in collaboration with various UNH departments and programs to bring educational programming all month long. Sex is something to talk about - and not in hushed voices. We'll tackle tough subjects and fun ones, too.
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Week of October 1
One of the most popular classes on campus, Sociology 570 Sexual Behavior, invites you to sit in for a showing of the film Let’s Talk About Sex.
- 11:00 am – 12:30 pm (Film will start promptly at 11:15)
- Horton 307
Let’s Talk About Sex takes a revealing look at how American attitudes towards adolescent sexuality affect today’s teenagers. We live in a society that uses sex to sell everything from lipstick to laptops. Yet fear and silence around sex and sexuality also permeate our culture. Teens are paying a terrible price for this confusion in unintended pregnancy, STDs, and even HIV. And American taxpayers are paying billions to treat these entirely preventable problems. Film will be followed by a brief discussion facilitated by Dr. Nena Stracuzzi, Senior Lecturer in Sociology.
Sponsored by UNH Health & Wellness and Department of Sociology.
- Entertainment Centre, MUB
The 1BlueString at UNH is a campaign that asks guitarists to replace one of their six strings with a blue string to symbolize and support the 1 in 6 men who have been sexually abused in childhood. We invite you to help SHARPP get the message out here at UNH! The goal is to build a community of encouragement and hope for men and their loved ones, partners, family, and friends. Check out our 1BlueString table at the next GRIND and get a string!
The Grind (presented by CAB) is an open mic night coffee house where anyone is welcome to sign up and perform. This event is FREE and funded by your Student Activity Fee.
Week of October 8
UNH celebrates National Coming Out Week. View the flyer for more information.
- 11:15 am – 12:30 pm
- Horton 307
What is sexy about a person’s body? Join the Department of Sociology’s Sexual Behaviors course to discuss and examine how social and cultural influences on our bodies shape how we feel about ourselves as sexual beings. Presented by Dr. Nena Stracuzzi, Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology
Sponsored by Health & Wellness and Department of Sociology.
Come learn how to be sexually healthy and have a healthy sex life.
- 3:30 – 4:30 pm
- Thrive, Hamel Rec Center
Facilitated by Kathleen Grace-Bishop, Health & Wellness.
Sponsored by Health & Wellness
- 7:00 pm
- Strafford Room, MUB
After coming out at 18, Johnathon began to struggle with his conservative Baptist background and gay identity. He attended a 'Pray the Gay Away' conference, rejected his gay identity, and lived a straight life for three years.
Coming out, going back in, and coming out again all within 5 years makes Religion and Rainbows a fascinating story about discovering and appreciating your authentic self even while holding conflicting identities.
Brought to you by the MUB, UNH Alliance, Kidder Fund, Health & Wellness, Student Life and Residential Life.
Fresh Check Day brings awareness of mental health resources and coping strategies to college campuses. Fun activities on how sexuality and sexual health intersect with mental health will be provided.
- 11:00am – 2:00pm
- Courts, HRC
Fresh Check is organized by UNH students for UNH students to:
- Increase awareness of mental health resources and services available to students at UNH
- Empower peers to be gatekeepers by understanding warning signs and knowing what to do if a friend is exhibiting signs of suicide or a mental health concern
- Increase willingness to ask for help if experiencing emotional distress
- Reduce stigma and misconceptions around mental health and suicide that often deter individuals from seeking help
Sponsored by Health & Wellness.
Lane Moore takes you on a hilarious journey through the realities of online dating during Tinder Live! With Lane Moore, an interactive, anything-can-happen comedy show.
- 9:00 pm
- Strafford Room, MUB
Lane, an award-winning stand-up comedian, actor, writer and musician, opens her Tinder account to audiences and invites them to join her in real-time, as she swipes and messages (and sometimes talks and texts) with Tinder matches who have no idea they’re part of the show. Along the way, Lane delivers sidesplitting commentary with oftentimes outrageous tips and tricks for surviving the world of online dating.
Based in New York City, Lane writes regularly for national publications like “The Onion,” and she appeared on season five of HBO’s GIRLS. Her band “It Was Romance” has been touted by “BUST magazine” and Pitchfork for its self-titled debut album.
Sponsored by the Memorial Union Building (MUB), the Alliance and MUSO.
Week of October 15
- Hamilton Smith, Room 205
Granite state advocates for reproductive rights discuss how the current political landscape in New Hampshire and nationally impacts patient access to reproductive health care services. Q&A will follow the panel discussion.
Lauren Banker '13, NH Public Affairs Organizer, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
Lauren Banker is a long-time Granite Stater with an unceasing passion for social justice activism. Lauren graduated from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) with a Bachelor’s of Arts, majoring in Anthropology, Women’s Studies and minoring in Spanish. Throughout her time as a student at UNH, Lauren led and founded several student organizations with focuses on affordable healthcare, the environment, and raising awareness of campus sexual assaults. She co-founded UNH Trash 2 Treasure, a student-led, waste-free campus program and upon graduation, Lauren united her interests in social justice activism and reproductive health when she took a position with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. In her role today as Public Affairs Coordinator, Lauren leads an aggressive volunteer program for Planned Parenthood in New Hampshire and continues to advocate for students and young people on a daily basis.
Devon Chaffee, Director ACLU-NH
Devon Chaffee is the Executive Director of the ACLU of New Hampshire, a position she has served in since December 2012. Before joining ACLU-NH, Ms. Chaffee worked in Washington, DC as Legislative Council at the ACLU’s National Office and Advocacy Counsel at Human Rights First. Ms. Chaffee has served as faculty at the University of New Hampshire Law School and currently serves as a member of the Board of the New Hampshire Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. She is the former Chair of the American Bar Association Subcommittee on National Security and Civil Liberties. Ms. Chaffee received her J.D. magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center.
Deborah Erickson-Irons '78, Executive Director, Joan G. Lovering Health Center
Deborah Erickson-Irons is the Executive Director of the Joan G. Lovering Health Center in Greenland NH, a health center that provides confidential and medically excellent sexual and reproductive healthcare. Deb is resolved to maintaining local access to a continuum of reproductive and sexual healthcare and has a passion for providing high-quality, person-centered health services. She has led several healthcare and public health organizations including the Women’s Health Consortium in Portsmouth NH, and the York Hospital (Maine) Office of Community Health.
Sponsored by UNH Health & Wellness and Department of Sociology
- 5:00pm – 8:00pm
- Thrive Demonstration Kitchen, Hamel Rec Center
Arousing event with fun activities and opportunities to learn about sex toys and pleasure.
- Condom demonstrations (male and female)
- Dental dam demonstrations
- Free Sex Kits
- Free aphrodisiac foods
- Raffle prizes
- Free Consent Lemonade
Sponsored by Health & Wellness
Week of October 22
Sponsored by Eating Concerns Mentors (ECM) and Health & Wellness
- 11:15 am - 12:30 pm
- Horton 307
This program features a panel of UNH LGBTQA+ students followed by an interactive Q & A discussion. LGBTQA+ students will share how they identify within the LGBTQ and Ally spectrum, personal experiences with coming out and reactions from friends and family, being LGBTQA at UNH, examples of homophobia, transphobia, heterosexism, genderism, and cisgenderism, the personal impact of bias incidents, tips for heterosexual and cisgender allies, and beyond. This is an informal opportunity for the students in your class to ask any questions and hear open and honest responses.
Sponsored by the Safe Zones, Department of Sociology and Health & Wellness
- 6:00pm – 7:00pm
- Thrive Demonstration Kitchen, HRC
Story collection is a powerful communications and organizing tactic that helps us demonstrate the urgent necessity of any cause we are fighting for. Particularly, we use storytelling in the Planned Parenthood organizing world to drive urgency toward the attacks on access to reproductive, sexual, and preventative health care. Storytellers enable others to understand who they are and why it’s important to take action to protect our rights and access.
Storytelling is an opportunity to humanize our work in order to demonstrate Planned Parenthood’s impact in our communities, partnerships, state legislature, and other areas, as well as illustrate the different areas of our work in order to persuade people to be on our side on our issues, engage more people in our movement and bring more patients to our health centers.
This session is open to anyone who would like to learn how to make social change through the act of storytelling.
Facilitated by Lauren Banker, ’13, NH Public Affairs Organizer, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
Sponsored by Health & Wellness, Department of Sociology, and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
Be empowered. Get inspired. Make connections.
- Noon - 3:00 pm
- Courts, HRC
FABULOUS Door Prizes! Attend and enter to win.
- Free chair massages, chocolate, product giveaways, AND MORE!
- Get artsy and have fun with our fabulous expressive arts activities
- Make connections with over 50 UNH and NH organizations and businesses
- Get your sexy on with sex toys & sexual health organizations
- Chill out with a pooch from Paws & Relax
Presented by Health & Wellness and Sexual Harassment & Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP)
Sponsored by the UNH Panhellenic Council