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Decolonizing our Melanated Bodies: a workshop on sex, sensuality, and power

  • WeWork Dupont 1875 Connecticut Avenue Northwest Washington United States (map)

As women of color, we’re often stuck in a dichotomy of being either hypersexualized or invisible. Our relationship with our bodies is influenced by our experiences, generational histories, and what we’ve been taught to think about sex and our bodies. But where do these ideas come from, and why are they still a part of our narrative in 2019?

In this workshop, we’re having an open and honest conversation about sexual self-care. In order to reach sexual freedom and learn to love, appreciate, satisfy, and care for our melanated bodies, we need to heal our relationship with sex. Learn to honor yourself, your needs and wants, and to reclaim and enjoy your body. We’re decolonizing sex, one shameless conversation at a time.

Learning Outcomes:

In this in-person workshop, we’ll

  1. Discuss the colonization of our melanated bodies and how to decolonize sex

  2. Unpack the shame and myths surrounding sex and our beautiful bodies

  3. Heal our relationship with our bodies and sex

  4. Reconstruct what it means to be sexually empowered

This workshop centers the experiences of women of color. Have questions? Check out our FAQ’s.

Ticket includes workshop materials, mimosa, and light snacks.

Meet the Presenters


Shontelle Dixon

Shontelle Dixon, MPH, CHES is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Biology from Baker University and a Master of Public Health in Health Promotion Sciences from The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She has 7 years of experience in various public health roles working in reproductive and sexual health, health education, was an adjunct biology professor, and diabetes and nutrition education. Shontelle serves on several national professional organization boards. Including The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC) and the American Public Health Association (APHA.) In the DC Metropolitan area, she serves on the Board of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington. Shontelle was recently featured on the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) website as one of their Faces of Public Health Education. Shontelle currently works for the Food and Drug Administration as a Regulatory Health Project Manager in the Center for Tobacco Products.

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Doris Quintanilla

Executive Director, Co-Founder, The Melanin Collective

Special Guest


Chauna Bryant

Chauna is a Breathwork Meditation healer, and Pilates Instructor.
Chauna is an advocate of self-love through action. Originally from
Southern California Chauna lives in Washington DC with her girlfriend
and dog (Tiger). Read more about Chauna’s work here.