Sex within the Black community tends to be a taboo topic we sweep under the rug, but Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana has launched its first ever, “Sex Week”.
Sex Week at Dillard is intended to raise awareness and spark a new dialogue around sex, safe sex, and sexuality.
During the sex educational week students will also reach out to students that are members of the LGBTQ campus community to create “Safe Zones”, a program that raises cultural competence and awareness on the LGBTQ community, in order to provide resources and support from the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, D.C.
President Walter Kimbrough, commonly known as “Hip Hop Prez“, hosted Sex Week during his stay at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas, and felt it was important bring attention to it at Dillard: “As with most ills, African Americans are disproportionately impacted,” Kimbrough said.
“This includes the effects of unhealthy sexual practices,” said Kimbrough.
Sex Week at Dillard began February 10, 2014, and will continue until February 14, 2014. Events have attention-grabbing, sultry titles, including “4Play,” an event dedicated to playing games that educate students about sex, “Can You Do It Standing Up,” a student led community discussion about sex, and “Romance on the Rocks,” a dialogue that discusses relationships.
Becoming educated about sex is very important within the black community, and the push to raise awareness on HBCU campuses is even more important.
“Spending time to talk not just about the physical implications, but emotional, spiritual and even financial consequences is an important educational activity,” Kimbrough said.
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Since1869, Dillard University has been committed to providing students with a quality four-year liberal arts education. Dillard is a fully accredited private, historically black university.