Wellness and Health Advocacy presents Sexual Health Week, 2020


Cassandra Worner, Guest Contributor

Wellness and Health Advocacy and the Peer Health Advocates are again coordinating Sexual Health Week for students at UWL. Sexual Health Week is a full week of events centered around sexual health education, and features presentations on birth control options, sexual health trivia, sexual communication, clitoral masturbation, consent, and gaps in sexual health education for high school students, particularly for LGBTQ+ students.

Events will be held across campus at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse from Monday, March 2nd to Friday, March 6th. For the full schedule of events, you can also visit www.uwlax.edu/wellness/events.

This week of education is extremely valuable to the campus community because most students do not receive adequate sexual health education in middle or high school. We aim to empower all students to make healthy decisions around sexual activity by providing unbiased, evidence-based, and truthful information.

We would like to thank all of the partners that have made these events possible, including Student Life: Violence Prevention, the Pride Center, Campus Climate SEEDs, the Student Health Center, Campus Activities Board, College Feminists, the Department of Psychology, and Planned Parenthood of Western Wisconsin.

Full calendar of Sexual Health Week 2020 events. Photo provided.

Events and descriptions:

Breakfast & Birth Control, Mon. March 2, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Student Union Tables: Join the Student Health Center and Planned Parenthood for free sexual health supplies and information about birth control. Breakfast food will be served.

Sex Jeopardy, Tues. March 3, 6-7 p.m., Student Union Rm 3110: Create a team and show your smarts with sexual health jeopardy – prizes will be awarded for first place.

Sexcessful Communication, Wed. March 4, 4-5 p.m., Student Union Rm 3120: Sex is often considered to be taboo, so discussing it can be uncomfortable. Let’s get more comfortable talking about sex, by talking about sex.

Condom Bingo, Wed. March 4, 6:30 p.m to 8 p.m., Student Union E-Cafe: Win prizes by showing off your sexual health knowledge.

Teach-In: Clitoral Masturbation and Free Vibrator Giveaway, Thurs. March 5, 6-7:15 p.m., Centennial Hall 1400: Engage in a conversation about clitoral masturbation, dealing with stigma, and empowerment. The first 40 attendees will receive a free vibrator.

Consent & Pizza, Thurs. March 5, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Student Union E-Cafe: Engage in a conversation about consent by combating the “sex is like a baseball game” metaphor and learn how consent is like pizza. Pizza will be served.

Flashback Friday to High School Sex Ed, Fri. March 6, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., Student Union Rm 3105: Come to this workshop to fill in the gaps in LGBTQ+ sex education, discuss the importance of inclusive curriculum, and learn about the policies that dictate what is taught in public schools.

Menstrual Product Drive: PERIOD@UWL is collecting period products such as tampons, pads, liners, reusable underwear and menstrual cups during the month of March. Keep an eye out for the red collection boxes in various places on campus including residence halls, Campus Climate, OMSS, and the WGSS department. All products will be donated to New Horizons. Follow @period.uwl on Instagram and Twitter for more information.