LACE Fellow Feature: Emmeline Franklin
Nov 14, 2016 by Caroline Humphrey
Follow the journey of our Leadership and Community Engagement (LACE) Fellows in weekly blog posts through out the year! Here they will share their experiences and the amazing work they complete at main service sites. These main sites are non-profits in the Providence community where Fellows have chosen to complete 150 hours of service.
Emmeline Franklin: The CEnter for sexual Pleasure and Health
Hello! My name is Emmeline Franklin and I am a senior studying Industrial Design with a HPPS concentration in Scientific Inquiry. This is my first year as a LACE Fellow and I am excited for the opportunity to supplement my design education and campus involvement with community engagement.
I have been interning at The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health (CSPH) in Pawtucket since August as the events and outreach intern and will continue to work at the center as my main site. The CSPH is a small non-profit organization that specializes in queer-inclusive, consent-based, pleasure-guided, socially conscious sex education for adults.
I chose The CSPH as my site because I am passionate about sexual assault prevention and sex positivity and the ways the two are interconnected. I have already learned so much about sexuality and the way it affects people of many identities and with many types of bodies. I am excited to continue learning from the incredible people who work there.
As someone who is involved in campus activism, I hope I can encourage my fellow students to get involved outside of the studio, whether that is by participating in a club or engaging with the Providence community. Rather than detracting from my work, my campus involvement has enriched my student experience as well as my work. I am currently working on a project that explores the way design can play a role in disrupting traditional binary gender systems. My on-campus involvement with SHARE (Sexual Health and Relationship Educators) and the RISD Feminists as well as the time I have spent at The CSPH has really equipped me with the tools and vocabulary to explore these topics in my own work.