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. Available as a Word Document or a PDF. Submissions are being accepted now through January 9, 2015.
- 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)
- Student Health Centers
- Professors and/or Departments
- Student-led Organizations
- Local or State Health Departments
- Faith-Based Organizations
- Community-Based Organizations
- Local Businesses
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
The HBCUs that will be participating in the 2015 Initiative Include:
- Alcorn State University
- Jackson State University
- Howard University
- Mississippi Valley State University
- North Carolina Central University