Shemeka Thorpe is a sexuality educator and researcher from North Carolina. She has taught comprehensive sex education to adolescents and young adults for over seven years. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Community Health Education from 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.
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
Favorite 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, MPH, CHES is a sexuality educator from North Carolina. She has taught comprehensive sex education to adolescents and young adults for over three years. In Fall 2019, she will begin pursuing her doctoral degree in Health Promotion and Behavior Science at The University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston. She is committed to expanding sexuality education in rural areas and reducing the rates of STIs and unintended pregnancies among Native American populations.
Favorite Quote: “There is power in collaboration with integrity. Maybe you’re really fascinated by Native culture, but let’s do that in a way that is doing actual good for Native people. -Bethany Yellowtail
Favorite 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