AT idea we had an idea…
that every person, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, deserves a sexual education experience that validates and educates them. We’re creating an online, interactive sexual education module that will revolutionize how sexual education is taught in the United States. Let’s make sexual education learner-centered rather than legislator-centered. Let’s ensure that it works for each and every person.
Imagine having the ability to educate your children, your students, or yourself with an adaptable, science-based sex-ed curriculum that is constantly up to date. That’s where we come in! The IDEA curriculum will be available for purchase with subscription and you’ll continue to receive annual updates. Addressing topics from consent to gender identity, we’re creating a program that will be constantly evolving based on how students are exhibiting knowledge gain. AND you’ll still be able to maintain a human component with our discussion guides for parents and teachers (to follow up on what’s addressed within our videos).
Sexual Education is broken
In 2019, less than half of states mandate the teaching of sexual education. Of all the states, only nine have required the teaching of LGBTQ+ lifestyles in a positive curriculum construction. Of the states that mandate HIV education, in none is it required to be medically accurate. What amounts is a system in disarray and dysfunction. In a broad sense, adolescents in America are not receiving the sexual education they need or deserve. However, those that are most affected (disproportionately so) are LGBTQ+ identifying adolescents. We must begin to give adolescents the tools and information they need to lead healthier, safer lives.
Hunter Wagenaar, Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Founder & CEO Hunter Wagenaar is a third year student at the University of Virginia, majoring in Foreign Affairs. Hunter first became passionate about LGBTQ+ inclusive sexual education last year when taking part in a course related to Black LGBTQ+ literature. Realizing the effect that an inadequate sexual education had upon himself as an LGBTQ+ adolescent, he has now set out on a mission to make a change in the way that we administer sexual education in the United States.
In his free time, he enjoys reading (mostly nonfiction), cooking (a good risotto), and participating in student government.
Board of Advisors
Debra Lane, Ed. D.
Dr. Debra Lane has been an educator for more than 25 years, as a teacher and administrator in the U.S. and abroad. She has led several schools as principal, including most recently at one of the world's leading international schools, Shanghai American School. She taught grades from pre-K through middle school, as well as ESOL, Literacy, and Gifted and Talented classes in Fairfax County Public Schools and in the Dominican Republic. She holds a BS from Baylor University, master's degrees from Virginia Tech and George Mason University, and an Ed.D. from the University of Virginia. Her dissertation work on bullying prevention has led to her advising government agencies, associations, and school boards on effective bullying prevention strategies both locally and internationally.
She has taught undergraduate and graduate classes at George Mason University and the University of Virginia. As part of her work with the National Staff Development Council she applied current research in adult learning to her work on staff development, focusing on professional learning communities. She presented at numerous international conferences, including Near East South Asia Association, Tri-State Educators, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and through her work with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, at the National Science Foundation. Currently she is working on federal government grants focusing on transformative leadership and increasing teachers leadership and instructional roles across the U.S., Central and South America. Dr. Lane has also participated in accreditation teams in China and Hong Kong with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. She was nominated as Virginia Principal of the Year and won the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Educator of the Year Award in 2009. She is currently an educational consultant at Lane Leadership Group,LLC and Director of Professional Learning for Alexandria City Public Schools. She serves as a board member with NOVA Outside, Fall for the Book Literacy Festival at George Mason University, George Mason University Curriculum Advisory Council, and Robinson Secondary School Athletic Booster Board.
Claire Kaplan, Ph.D.
Claire Kaplan, Ph.D., has served as Program Director of Gender Violence and Social Change (GVSC) at the University of Virginia’s Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center since 1991. In her position, she serves as a confidential advocate for survivors on grounds, partnering with the Center’s trauma counselors to ensure that clients receive the spectrum of services and advocacy that they need. With her team of undergraduate interns, she promotes awareness and intervention on the UVA campus through programs and workshops, including the Traveling Postcards Project, Stronger at The Broken Places (a public mosaic project), and Survivor Support Network, which trains University staff and faculty in evidence-based techniques for supporting students and colleagues who have been impacted by gender-based violence.
In 2007 she founded the Men’s Leadership Project, a mentoring program that pairs undergraduate men with middle school boys in a structured setting to promote healthy, non-violent, gender-aware masculinities in both the mentees and mentors.
Among her publications are: “Domestic Violence–Intimate Partner Violence,” (Emergency Medicine Specialty Reports, 2006);“Shattered Pride: Resistance and Intervention Strategies in Cases of Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, and Hate Crimes Against Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Students”, in Toward Acceptance: Sexual Orientation on Campus, edited by Nancy Evans and Vernon Wall (University Press: 2000); and"Violence Against Women: Responses by Women's Centers to Sexual Violence”for The Handbook for University and College Women's Centers, Greenwood (2002).
SUSAN TATE, M.A.
Susan Tate was the Director of Health Promotion and assistant professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Virginia for many years. She was also a consultant with the American College Health Association, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control, providing HIV/AIDS education training for college health professionals across the United States.
While at UVA, Susan proposed and taught their first-ever “Sexuality Today” course. In 1988, she also developed and taught “AIDS Awareness” at Piedmont Virginia Community College. That class was one of the first college-level HIV/AIDS course in the United States.
Susan served on the Executive Board of the American College Health Association (ACHA), the Steering Committee for the National Task Force on School Health through the Association for the Advancement of Health Education, and the Review Panel for the ACHA HIV Teacher Education Grant with the Centers for Disease Control.
Prior to that time, Susan taught high school health education, including sexuality education, for 20 years.
A respected health educator for over 48 years, Susan is the author of AIDS and HIV Education: Effective Teaching Strategies(1989, 1991), Working Together to Prevent Sexual Assault(1995), Wellness Wisdom: 31 Ways to Nourish Your Mind, Body, & Spirit(2007, 2011), andInto the Mouths of Babes: A whole foods nutrition guide to feeding your infants and toddlers(1984, 1995, 2013),Several of these books were written under her former name, Susan Tate Firkaly. She is currently writing the second edition of Working Together to Prevent Sexual Assault.
After moving to the Seattle area in 2000, Susan founded Washington Wellness Associates. The company re-branded as susantate.org in 2013. She moved back to Charlottesville in 2016.
Lisa Speidel, Ph.D., CSE
Lisa Speidel is an Assistant Professor in the Women, Gender and Sexuality Department at the University of Virginia. She is also a Certified Sexuality Educator (CSE) through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). Lisa teaches Human Sexualities, Men and Masculinities, Gender Based Violence and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her book The Edge of Sex: Navigating a Sexually Confusing Culture from the Margins is being published by Routledge and will be available in December 2019.
Lisa has worked locally and nationally as an educator for over 26 years, with a focus on examining the role of masculinity, healthy sexuality, gender based violence, and the intersection of racism and other forms of oppression. She also has been teaching women’s self-defense for 26 years both in the Charlottesville community and as a credit based course at the University of Virginia. Along with two colleagues, she is developing a new self-defense program that focuses specifically on acquaintance assault.