Thank you to everyone who has supported the work of the Institute for Sexual and Gender Health. We appreciate being included in your philanthropy!
Our vision is to revolutionize the sexual and gender climate by eliminating barriers and advancing healthy sexuality. There are many opportunities to be a part of the innovative work of ISGH—we are seeking partners to help us move sexual health forward. If you have a passion to improve the human condition as it relates to sexuality, we want to know about it. Together we will bring about the change we seek.
We are committed to raise $10 million to grow our avenues for interdisciplinary research and education, improve clinical care, support faculty, and create a synergy of activities which will make a lasting impact on generations to come. We strive to build ISGH into a more comprehensive, higher capacity, and internationally renowned program focused on improving the sexual and gender health of individuals and communities.
As envisioned, we will become a place for advancing sexual health in the United States in innovative, science-based, and sex-positive ways. Our faculty and staff work with community partners to address a wide spectrum of issues related to our citizens’ sexual well-being: reproduction, identity, gender equity, sexual pleasure, gender diversity, disease and violence prevention, and social stigma.
Chair in Sexual Health
In 2007 the nation’s first endowed Chair in Sexual Health was established at the Institute for Sexual and Gender Health. The Chair is recognition of the longstanding role that the Institute has maintained as a leader and innovator in the academic world of sexual science, in sexual health education, and in the treatment of sexual problems. The permanent endowment ensures that the advancement of sexual health and support for the Institute will remain a priority at the University of Minnesota in perpetuity. The purpose of the Chair in Sexual Health is to help attract and retain an outstanding director of the Institute by providing the director with a permanent source of support for expenses related to the infrastructure of ISGH. Income from the fund is used to provide the resources necessary to ensure the Institute’s stability and continued status as a national and international leader in research, teaching and training, clinical services, and public policy initiatives.
Joycelyn Elders Chair in Sexual Health Education
Comprehensive sexual health education is the right of every citizen and is fundamental to attaining the highest level of human development. This fund honors the former US Surgeon General who dared to speak the truth about sexual health. It embodies her commitment to the highest quality comprehensive sexual health education based upon the best available science. The endowment supports the design, evaluation, and dissemination of essential sexual health curriculum for individuals, training for allied health care providers and education professionals.
Institute for Sexual and Gender Health Discretionary Fund
This fund provides unrestricted support to the program where it is needed most.
Bean Robinson Endowed Chair in Clinical Sexual Health
The Bean Robinson Endowed Chair in Clinical Sexual Health would allow a faculty leader to provide exceptional clinical care to individuals, couples and families. In addition, the chair would promote the development of best practices and evidence-based clinical approaches to sexual health to lead and influence the community of care around the world.
National Center for Gender Spectrum Health
The mission of the Center is to eliminate gender-based stigma and discrimination, support the development of healthy gender identity development for all across the lifespan, and to improve the quality of health and life of transgender and gender diverse individuals and patients, families, and communities through scientific research, clinical practice, policy work, and education.
The Pepper Schwartz Endowed Professorship in Sexuality and Aging
The Pepper Schwartz Endowed Professorship in Sexuality and Aging will improve education about aging and sexuality for health care providers, promote public policy supporting access to care for older adults to sexual medicine and sex therapy, expand scientific research in aging well, positive sexual health education for late middle age and older adults, and clinical care in late middle age and older adults.
Acclaimed author, researcher, and television personality, Pepper Schwartz has devoted her life to furthering the fields of intimacy and sexuality. After achieving a BA and MA at Washington University, St. Louis, Schwartz went on to receive her PhD in Sociology at Yale University in 1974.
Over the next 40 years, Pepper has become a prolific writer, authoring many academic and popular articles as well as 25 books on the subjects of love, sexuality, and commitment. Two of those books American Couples and The Normal Bar: The Surprising Secrets of Happy Couples have been on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Several others, including Prime, Ten Talks Parents Must Have with Children About Sex and Character, Peer Marriage, and The Great Sex Weekend were featured on Oprah. Her latest books are SNAP Strategies for Couples, Frommer's Places for Passion, and 50 Great Myths of Human Sexuality.
Schwartz is the former president of SSSS, the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexualities, and the past president of the Pacific Sociological Association. She received an award from the American Sociological Association for public understanding of sociology and Law and Politics Magazine named her one of the 25 Smartest People in Washington State. Among other awards, Pepper was named as a distinguished alumni from Washington University in St. Louis and served on the alumni counsel of Yale University Graduate School. Alongside Janet Lever, Pepper has coauthored a column for Glamour magazine as well as independently authored a column for American Baby magazine (both over a period of 8 years). She currently writes a column for AARP.org/nakedtruth as well as continuing to lecture nationally and internationally on intimate relationships, sexuality, and women's wellbeing.
Currently, Pepper teaches at the University of Washington in Seattle. She has two children, Cooper and Ryder, and recently got married to her husband, Fred Kaseburg. She lives on a horse range outside of Seattle.
- AARP's Love & Relationship Expert & Ambassador
- Tenured Professor at the University of Washington in Seattle
- Creator of PerfectMatch.com's matching algorithm
- Co-Developer of the new start-up dating site Keeper
- Original team of Pulse, the electronic dispenser of warmed viscous liquids
- Relationship expert on Married at First Sight, airing on A&E and FYI
Doug Braun-Harvey Fellowship in Compulsive Sexual Behavior
This fund supports a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship in compulsive and out-of-control sexual behavior for the Institute for Sexual and Gender Health in the Department of Family Medicine & Community Health.
Randi and Fred Ettner Fellowship in Transgender Health
To support research efforts for two-year postdoctoral psychology fellows interested in developing an expertise and career in the area of transgender health within the Institute for Sexual and Gender Health in the Department of Family Medicine & Community Health.
Institute for Sexual and Gender Health Faculty Support and Appreciation
This fund provides “seed” grants to support the Institute for Sexual and Gender Health faculty and their projects in research, education, and clinical service.