Lincoln professor leads Black relationships and sexuality conference

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LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. – Four Lincoln University professors will present their research at an upcoming psychology conference themed “Black Americana” held at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas from April 25-26.

Lincoln professor James C. Wadley founded the conference’s host organization, the Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians.  Wadley, director of the Master of Human Services program and chairman of the Department of Counseling and Human Services, will moderate the conference discussions.

Lincoln presenters include professors in the Master of Human Services program Virginia Smith, Frank Worts and Vivian Price, and professor in the Master of Education program Dipali Puri.

He said the attendees include health scholars and clinicians who are interested in Black culture, relationships, identity, social resilience and activism. 

The conference format is a roundtable series, modeled after Oxford University in England, in which the presenter speaks, followed by a lengthy period for large group discussion and feedback.

“What differs from a regular conference is that we encourage dialogue between the presenter and audience,” Wadley said. 

Wadley describes the conference theme, Black Americana, as “how you think, feel and respond to conceptual and pragmatic challenges using racial and ethnic identity as a primary lens.” Topics involve black relationships and sexuality in relation to psychology, religion, education, sociology, history, philosophy, human services and communication.

The Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians promotes the sexual health of individuals, couples, families, and communities by advocating for culturally sensitive research, informed clinical practice, and culturally sensitive educational curricula.  The organization seeks to foster ongoing dialogue in an effort to reduce and or prevent adverse sexual health outcomes. 

The conference falls during Carnival Week in the Virgin Islands, a much-anticipated cultural event celebrating freedom through dance, song, parades and pageantry.

Wadley said the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas has “rolled out the red carpet” for Lincoln.

“They’ve been wonderful.”

Learn more about the ABSC.

By Shelley Mix, Office of Communications