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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.

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 2012, four HBCUs participated in the initiative.

  • Alcorn State University
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Mississippi Valley State University
  • Stillman College
2012 Initiative Project Successes:
  • 333 people were tested and linked to prevention and/or care services
  • 809 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
How students can get involved:

Student Ambassadorís Program

This is a leadership opportunity for HBCU students interested and/or committed to addressing challenges surrounding HIV/AIDS. 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 We encourage you to start planning today.

Once you have developed your event click here to register and receive NBHAAD materials.

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