The National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day HBCU Initiative

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as institutions of higher education and learning have provided a haven of opportunities for educators, students, and graduates to achieve success, and impact lives throughout the United States and internationally.

How Students can get involved:

Student Ambassador’s Program

This is a leadership opportunity for HBCU students interested and/or committed to addressing challenges surrounding HIV/AIDS. If you are interested in becoming a Student Ambassador, please submit an NBHAAD Student Ambassador Application. Submissions are being accepted now through January 15, 2014.

Responsibilities include:

  • Educating  fellow students, staff, faculty, and community members about HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and local testing options
  • Planning/hosting on-campus and community-wide testing events on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
  • Raising  awareness about linkage to care opportunities for those who are living with or  have newly tested positive for HIV/AIDS or other STI’s
  • Mobilizing  fellow students to take part in local activism on HIV/AIDS issues in order to create sustainable community partnerships

Ambassadors will also have the opportunity to receive on-going professional development and access to local, regional and national resources in public health, particularly in HIV/AIDS and STI prevention and support.

Things Students Can Do:

Students along with faculty and staff at HBCUs can come together to mobilize others under the four specific focal points of NBHAAD- Education, Testing, Involvement, and Treatment. Here are some examples of activities that you can do:

  • Health  Fair to include  free HIV and STI education and testing
  • Host movie screenings with conversations
  • Host town hall discussions
  • Campus  Candlelight Vigil
  • HBCU  President Proclamation
  • Write  on and off campus Newspaper Article focusing on your school’s NBHAAD efforts
  • Develop  social media Public Service Announcement
  • Sponsor unique educational and  outreach activities to raise the awareness (i.e. Fashion Show, Step Show,  Poetry Slam)


Suggested Partnerships:

  • Student Health Centers
  • Professors and/or Departments
  • Student-led Organizations
  • Local or State Health Departments
  • Faith-Based Organizations
  • Community-Based Organizations
  • Local Businesses
  • Media
  • Other HBCUs


Students are encouraged to be creative and collaborative in their efforts. If additional information and/or guidance is needed, please send an email to We encourage you to start planning today. Once you have developed your event click here to register and receive NBHAAD materials.

HBCUs are integral to various communities and serve as a prime catalyst of countless changes including HIV.  The HBCU initiative provides opportunities for students, as well as faculty and staff to increase awareness around HIV/AIDS throughout Black communities. The NBHAAD and HBCU partnership initiative provides access to HIV/AIDS education, testing, treatment, and care. In 2013, seven HBCUs participated in the initiative.

  •  Alcorn State University - HIV Safer Sex Symposium; HIV Counseling and Testing; Human AIDS Ribbon; Greater Than AIDS material distribution and photo booth
  • Clark Atlanta University - HIV/AIDS Health Fair; Greater Than AIDS material distribution and photo booth
  • Jackson State University - Health Forum with panel discussion; Condom distribution to students; HIV Testing Challenge between classes
  • Mississippi Valley State University - HIVA/AIDS Health Fair; Outreach in university common areas
  • Morehouse College - Healthy Love Workshop; Greater Than AIDS material distribution and photo booth; HIV Counseling and Testing; Panel Discussion “HIV & Me”: Living Positive
  • Spelman College - Table Outreach in university common areas; Condom distribution to students
  • Stillman College - Movie and Discussion; Wear “RED” Day; HIV Counseling and Testing


2013 Initiative Project Successes:

  • 184 people were tested and linked to prevention and/or care services
  • 920 people participated in educational and awareness activities
  • More than 1,200 pieces of information including condom kits and contact information for testing services were distributed