My name is Chels and my pronouns are they / them / theirs. It’s a pleasure to meet you.
Personally, I identify as pansexual, polyamorous, and non-binary. I am Black. I am Dominican. I reside in Chicago, IL on the native land of the Kiikaapoi.
Professionally, I am a trauma-informed, holistic sex educator, mental health advocate, writer, and media maker (and occasionally a stage manager, aerial rigger, consumer, and comic book fan).
Education and Training
Holistic Sex Education
Currently undergoing certification in Holistic Sexuality Education from the Institute of Sexuality Education and Enlightenment (ISEE).
Currently undergoing certification in Intimacy Coordination for Film and Television from Intimacy Directors and Coordinators and Intimacy Coordinators of Color.
B.A. from Emerson College
I received my Bachelor’s of Arts in Media Arts Production with a concentration in Writing and Producing for Television with a minor in Human Sexuality in 2018.
Psychological First Aid
Certified by Johns Hopkins University in Psychological First Aid (PFA), a program designed to provide mental health aid to people in an emergency by employing the RAPID model: reflective listening, assessment of needs, prioritization, intervention, and disposition.
Mental Health First Aid
Certified by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), a national program to teach the skills to respond to the signs of mental illness and substance use.
Trained in Bystander Intervention, Conflict De-escalation, Workplace Harassment Intervention and Implicit Bias by Hollaback!, a nonprofit working globally to end harassment — in all its forms.
In the Media
“My Take: How Erotophobia on Screen was a Catalyst for Me to Make Change”
– The Light Leaks, thelightleaks.com