Letters from the Chair

Eli ColemanThis was another amazing year for the Program in Human Sexuality. We have welcomed new postdocs, faculty, and staff. There has been a significant increase in new grants; an impressive number of publications, presentations, and awards; completion of our first cohort with their certificate in human sexuality, and accomplishments in our advocacy efforts. We continue to change the lives of our clients through compassionate, sex positive care. The list goes on.

It will be an exciting year in 2020. We will be celebrating 50 years of our accomplishments. We will lead the field for the next 50 years.

Based on our fundamental principles of changing the world towards a better sexual and gender climate, lifting up the disenfranchised, caring for those who suffer and optimizing sexual and gender health, we will do all of this the same way the pioneers of the program did it: with teamwork, collaboration, community connection, dedication, and passion!

We could not have accomplished this without the exceptional faculty, fellows, and staff of the Program. While we have done well in clinical, educational, and research income, philanthropic support has been critical to maintaining our excellence and investing in vital areas.

We face challenging times ahead. We are experiencing increasing threats to sexual and gender health of our nation. The fundamental right to sexual health is being challenged – abortion rights, contraceptive availability, funding for HIV and STI prevention, health care insurance for sexual health conditions, laws and policies guaranteeing basic rights of the LGBTQ community, and funding for much needed research in sexual health.

Now more than ever, we will continue to revolutionize the sexual and gender climate by eliminating barriers and advancing healthy sexuality. As we move to a premier institute of sexual and gender health, we are committed to providing the leadership needed to advance sexuality research, education, clinical care, and advocacy to promote sexual and gender health FOR ALL!

With the only two endowed Chairs in Sexual Health in the world, working to establish two new endowed positions in Clinical Sexual Health and Sexuality and Aging, and establishing our National Center for Gender Spectrum Health, we are poised to move the Program to an Institute level at the University of Minnesota. As the Program prepares for our 50th anniversary and with your continued support, we will create a lasting legacy, which will be impactful in ways that our founders only dreamed about. We will keep dreaming and turning those dreams into reality!


Eli Coleman, PhD
Professor and Director
Chair in Sexual Health
Program in Human Sexuality

January, 2020