“Laughing While Learning: Exploring LGBT Aging and Issues with Humor and Truth”

Laughing While Learning
Julia Scotti and Tom Callahan

The first event in the Sexuality and Aging Consortium Speaker Series will take place right here on our campus Friday, March 16th, from 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm! “Laughing While Learning: Exploring LGBT Aging and Issues with Humor and Truth” will feature Comedian Julia Scotti and Eldercare Crisis Manager Tom Callahan who will share the challenges faced by older LGBT folks through fun and educational discussions.

Registration is $30 regular admittance and $20 for enrolled students and retirees. Two continuing education (CE) credits are available for AASECT members and social workers for $25 additional, per professional specialty.

Comedian Julia Scotti will share her high-octane humor about aging and life as a 70-year-old woman of transgender experience. Ms. Scotti has headlined nationally for decades and was a recent “America’s Got Talent” quarter finalist.  She was the first transgender female finalist in the New York Ladies of Laughter Competition.

Eldercare crisis manager Tom Callahan will share sobering facts and rays of hope melded into a humorous and educational experience called, “Even Fabulous Ages.” Tom works with older adults and their adult children to address legal documentation, housing, and long-term care options.

Join us after the program for a networking mingle with light refreshments, a cash wine bar, and poster presentations on sexuality and aging.

The program is open to the public as well as to professionals, paraprofessionals, retirees, and students. So mark your calendars and join us for an insightful program that is sure to be filled with laughs!

The Widener Sexuality and Aging Consortium is co-sponsoring this event with the Widener University Center for Human Sexuality Studies and the Center for Social Work Education.

See the Facebook page below for more information!


Student Climate Survey Report

We are pleased to announce the completion and distribution of our report on our first CHSS Student Climate Survey. You can access it at this link – https://wumail-my.sharepoint.com/:b:/g/personal/humansexuality_widener_edu/EYGNr6H-yy1Ov7HoY-Yh1sUBHriTi8XCywJ9cPBDCOjaPQ?e=KKAPp3
The document can also be found in the CHSS Committee Shared Files on Campus Cruiser under Student Information>Student Affairs Committee.
We want to extend our appreciation to the students who participated, and for the students who coordinated the process that informed the survey development.
As Associate Dean and CHSS Director Dr. Justin Sitron said when he released this report by email, “I am honored to be charged with leading CHSS and I am delighted to be surrounded by such passionate, dedicated, and talented faculty, staff, and students. I am confident that one day at a time we are all making the world a better place!”

Dr. Donna Oriowo Makes Keynote Address – Alumni Spotlight

As we know, sex and sexuality are social justice issues, but there continues to be a blind spot in what is taught and how.
Donna Oriowo, Ph.D, LICSW, LCSW-C, M.Ed.
In her keynote at the recent National Sex Ed Conference in Atlantic City, NJ, Dr. Donna Oriowo, a Widener CHSS alum, addressed the importance of race in teaching about sex/sexuality education.
In her presentation, she spoke about being aware of and integrating cultural and racial perspectives in sex education with an emphasis on Black women, who tend to be all but forgotten in academia.

Dr. Oriowo shared that the objectives of her presentation were for participants to be able to: 1. Identify three reasons why it is important to have race/ethnicity inclusive sex education; 2. Identify one possible blind spot they personally have toward culturally relevant sex education; and 3. Identify one way to integrate racial and cultural differences into sexuality education. Dr. Oriowo also included a “secret” objective, which was for participants to know the difference between “YOU can do it! And should (with consultation) and You COULD do it, but shouldn’t. 

In her introduction, CHSS doctoral candidate Lorena Olvera Moreno said that it was an honor to introduce Dr. Oriowo because it is not common to see young black women as keynote speakers. She mentioned the importance of having women of color as keynote speakers and inviting young sexologists to share their knowledge. She also talked about the need for representation at conferences where a lot of members of the audience are young people of color but most of the presenters are white men and women.

Dr. Donna Oriowo is a speaker, sexuality educator, and therapist clinically licensed in DC, MD, & VA. Donna is the owner and lead therapist of AnnodRight which specializes in working with Black women who experience anxiety, depression, and self-esteem concerns related to sex and sexuality. AnnodRight serves to combine sexual and social justice as it relates to people of color, Black women specifically, with therapy, education, and supervision. Learn more at AnnodRight.com.