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 info@nationalblackaidsday.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. 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