Date of Award

Spring 2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs

Committee Chairperson

Jason Wozniak, Ph.D.

Committee Member

John Elmore, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Jacqueline S. Hodes, Ed.D.


This thesis will be exploring the crucial need for comprehensive, inclusive, and trauma-informed sexual health education at the collegiate level for undergraduate and graduate students. Using a critical action approach, I propose the implementation of a designated sexual health education student service office to provide sexual health education programs, initiatives, support, and education for their students, titled the Sexual Education Xploration Center (SEX-C). This intervention is meant to provide student support throughout the academic year in the similar way more traditional student offices offer resources, education, connection, and training to students on an array of subjects. Using Kimberle Crenshaw’s theory on intersectionality (Crenshaw, 1991) and Albert Bandura’s social cognitive theory (1988), I will assert the dire necessity for a continuous sexual health education student service center to oppose the cycle that is poor sexual health education.

My initial interest in sexual health education came from realizing that poor sexual health education has an impact on queer and transgender individuals in addition to additional minorities, and this remains true in the larger theme that is sexual health education.