Dr. Laura McGuire (they/them or she/her) is an internationally recognized consultant, survivor, researcher, seminarian, and author of the book Creating Cultures of Consent (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021) and The Sexual Misconduct Prevention Guidebook: Consent and Conduct for Higher Education Campuses (Fielding University Press, 2022). They were named as one of the 2022 Champions of Pride by the Advocate Magazine and are regularly featured in media outlets for their expertise and approachability. They have worked as a subject matter expert on topics including:
Sexual Harassment Prevention
Pregnancy and Birth Education
Restorative Justice in Title IX
Sexuality and Faith
Dr. McGuire earned their bachelor's degree in social sciences from Thomas Edison State University and their graduate degrees in Educational Leadership for Change from Fielding Graduate University. Dr. McGuire's doctoral dissertation, entitled “Seen but Not Heard: Pathways to Improve Inclusion of LGBT Persons and Sexual Trauma Survivors in Sexual Health Education,” examined the marginalization of sexual minorities within health education on a global scale. They currently are earning their Masters of Divinity at Earlham Seminary where they are studying the intersections of Judaism, trauma-informed care, and restorative justice in faith settings.
Dr. McGuire is a certified full-spectrum doula, professional teacher, certified sexual health educator, and vinyasa yoga instructor. Their experience includes both public and private sectors, middle schools, high schools, and university settings. In 2015, they served as the first Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Program Manager at the University of Houston, and in 2017, they became the first Victim Advocate/Prevention Educator at the US Merchant Marine Academy. They have created the world's first certifications in trauma-informed care for industries spanning from law to insurance.
They are a certified member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), and The Society of Professional Consultants. They are a graduate of The National Leaders Council and are currently a fellow with the Institute for Social Innovation where they are researching sexual medicine competency in provider care. Dr. McGuire lives in the United States, where they work as an adjunct professor at Widener & Dominican University and CEO at The National Center for Equity and Agency.
Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Change
Fielding Graduate University, December 2015
Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences
Thomas Edison University, Winter 2012
Madriella Institute, Winter 2011
CAPPA Training, Winter 2011
RYT 200 in Hatha Vinyasa
Yoga Den Jacksonville, 2007
Florida Department of Education Professional Teaching Certification
Health k-12 and Social Sciences 6-12 2015-2018
American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists
Certified Sexuality Educator