Shemeka Thorpe is a sexuality educator and researcher from North Carolina. She has taught comprehensive sex education to adolescents and young adults for over six years. While completing her Master’s at Florida State University, she served as a member of the Campus Action Team for the Improvement of Sexual Health. She is currently obtaining her doctoral degree in Community Health Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her research focuses on the sexual development and socialization of Black women and sexual health programming on college campuses.
Currently Reading: Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
Favorite Quote: ““I am not lucky. You know what I am? I am smart, I am talented, I take advantage of the opportunities that come my way and I work really, really hard. Don’t call me lucky. Call me a badass”- Shonda Rhimes
Best Sex Ed Question: “If a man has a boner, crosses the street and then gets hit by a car and is paralyzed does he have that boner for life? ”–Age 12
Gabrielle Evans is a sexuality educator from North Carolina and recently started her career in HIV prevention research. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). She has taught comprehensive sexuality education to youth, adolescents, and adults across North Carolina. She is committed to expanding sexuality education and positive sexuality development in rural areas and reducing the rates of STIs and unintended pregnancies among people of color, especially Native American populations.
Currently Reading: The American Hookup: The Culture of Sex on Campus by Lisa Wade
Favorite Quote: “Wash it off, lube it up, let’s go!” -Tanya Bass, Southern Sexologist™
Best Sex Ed Question: “What happens to sperm that doesn’t make it inside? Does it die? Can you scoop it inside the woman? Does it move like in the pictures?”–Age 10