Sexuality Education Studies Center

The Dennis L. Carlson Sexuality Education Studies Center

We LOVE that you are here! Look around our website and let us know if you'd like to get involved. Reach out to Megan Kuykendoll, Director of the SESC and faculty member in the Department of Family Science & Social Work or our SESC Graduate Assistant, Carly Federinko.

Colleen FloydMeet Carly Federinko (they/them), the new graduate assistant for the SESC as of Fall 2022! Carly is a graduate student in the Student Affairs in Higher Education master's program at Miami University. In addition to the work they complete in the center, Carly also assists in the FSW 365 classroom, an inclusive sexuality education course. They are excited to continue to explore the many areas of student affairs during their time here, and they especially hope to deepen their knowledge of DEI and international student services.

Megan Kuykendoll

Meet Megan Kuykendoll (she/they), Director of the SESC, Instructor & eLearning Coordinator for the Department of Family Science & Social Work. They teach FSW 365: Family Life Sexuality Education and work with a variety of students and professionals on issues related to sex and sexuality within and outside of Miami University's Oxford campus. Megan's work and teaching strives to be inclusive, accessible, and equitable across a variety of formats, and they promote evidence-informed and justice-oriented sexuality education. Megan is particularly excited to be more involved with campus advocacy work and faculty research communities in her new role as SESC Director. Want to get involved with the SESC? Email Megan at to join in.

Kate KuvalankaMeet Dr. Kate Kuvalanka (she/her), Professor and Interim Chair in the Department of Family Science and Social Work. Dr. K’s research focuses on LGBTQ family issues, including the experiences of youth and young adults with LGBTQ parents. For the past 10 years, she has been conducting a longitudinal study with 50 families with transgender and gender-diverse children. Reach out to her at with questions!

SESC in the News

Being Open and Honest About Sexuality (Part 1) - with Richelle Frabotta

We’ve all heard the phrase: Sex sells. And while that may be true, it also creates controversy. But for all the attention this subject commands, it is surprising how little we actually understand it. Sexuality is not something many people are comfortable speaking about openly. But Richelle Frabotta is not one of them.

As one of the few certified sexuality educators in the country, she teaches openly and frankly from a sex-positive perspective about what have traditionally been very challenging issues. She is also at the forefront of the new Sexuality Education Studies Center here at Miami, and in this podcast episode, she talks about the importance of sexuality education, and much more.

Being Open and Honest About Sexuality (Part 2)- with Richelle Frabotta

In this podcast episode, we explore the complex subject of human sexuality, as well as why it’s still so challenging for educators to provide a proper sexuality education. And so, we continue our conversation with certified sexuality educator Richelle Frabotta.

We talk with Richelle about the direction society seems to be moving on this issue, and we’ll learn about what Miami’s new Sexuality Education Studies Center will do for the campus and the community.

Periods Rock!

When we talk about inequality and poverty, there is one issue that is rarely addressed. Even though it is a natural part of life that affects more than 800 million people every day, the menstrual period can still be a source of financial hardship, shame, embarrassment, and even inequity.

So at Miami, there is a new outreach project called Periods Rock! Which addresses issues such as period poverty, the pink tax, and the ongoing social stigma that still persists in many ways.

Richelle Frabotta

Richelle Frabotta is the founder and former Coordinator of the Sexuality Education Studies Center (SESC). Her intent was to create “a unique student-centered, community-minded, intersectionality-aware, multidisciplinary informed, social justice focused, and human rights-oriented educational services space that insists on utilizing sound pedagogy, praxis, best practices, and ethics at the core of all that is taught.”

Richelle has left her full-time job at Miami, but we are so grateful for what she has left behind. The SESC is her legacy! As those of us in the College of Education, Health and Society figure out the future of the SESC, we proud to be able to continue some of the great programming that Richelle began. For example, Periods Rock! is still going strong, so you can still find free period products, as well as condoms and lube, in all bathrooms in McGuffey Hall. We’ll be coming soon to Phillips Hall and Laws Hall as well to cover all EHS buildings. And we hope to be expanding to other buildings across campus as we collaborate with partners in other departments and programs. Stay tuned!

Words of Thanks to Richelle Frabotta, founder and former Coordinator of the SESC

Bridget Cronin

Bridget Cronin

"Richelle, words cannot express my gratitude for the opportunities you have provided me over the past 5 semesters. I will forever be grateful for your role as my college mentor, and now a friend. We’ve made quite a team throughout our time together and I wish you continued success, especially within the new Sexuality Education Studies Center. I can’t wait to watch it grow!"

Emily Arinze

Emily Arinze

"Richelle, wow, this has been an amazing past few years working with you! I have learned so much from you and appreciate everything that you have done for me! Thank you so much for this amazing experience and I can’t wait to come back and visit and see all the new changes! I love you so much and I will make sure to keep in contact with you!"

Kaly Snow

Kaly Snow

"Richelle, I want to thank you for the past few semesters. You have taught me so much about having an open mind, having an honest voice and being a passionate student. I know the center will be everything you hoped for when it opens and you deserve it. Thanks for everything!"