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.

HBCU Buzzs Staff Writer, Nicole Tinson, is a Political Science major at Dillard University. Follow her on Twitter

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About Dillard:

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.

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Nicole Tinson
Nicole Tinson is from Los Angeles, California and is a recent graduate Dillard University’s Class of 2014. Nicole earned her BA in Political Science, and is an incoming graduate student at Yale’s Divinity School. Nicole is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated as well as the NAACP. She currently serves as a White House Initiative on HBCUs All Star. Nicole has had the opportunity to intern with the Special Needs Network, a nonprofit dedicated to advocating for the rights for children with disabilities, as well as interning with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in their Emerging Leaders Program. She is an agent for social change and focuses on issues that include gun violence prevention, education, mass incarceration, women’s rights, civil rights, HBCU ‘”relevancy” and children’s rights. Nicole aspires to integrate faith and politics and intends to one day run for office and become the first Black Speaker of the House. She plans to leave the world better than when she found it. Nicole loves long walks on the beach, shopping, serving her community, tweeting and hanging out with Dennis and her friends.