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.

Click here for Student Ambassador Application.

Submissions are being accepted now!

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 Presidential Proclamation
  • Write on and off campus newspaper articles focusing on your school’s NBHAAD efforts
  • Develop social media Public Service Announcement
  • Sponsor unique educational and outreach activities to raise 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.


The HBCUs that have participated in the initiative include:

  • Alcorn State University
  • Bowie State University
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Howard University
  • Jackson State University
  • Mississippi Valley State University
  • North Carolina Central University