This March, OSU’s Student Health Services’ Prevention, Advocacy, and Wellness team will be hosting a four-day event that promotes healthy sexuality, consent, and inclusivity. Held from March 13 to March 16, the inaugural Boldly Me Health Week will give students the opportunity to participate in several engaging workshops, receive free STD/STI screenings, attend movie showings, and engage in panel discussions.
This informative and fun-filled week will culminate with the Boldly Me Fashion Show – a student-led event that will focus on “building gender inclusivity, healthy communication in all aspects, survivor advocacy awareness, STI prevention, and the promotion of healthy sexual relationships,” said Boldly Me Planning Committee Chair and Public Health student Aubrie Loden.
The fashion show is a revised version of OSU’s Red Dress Fashion Show. Organizers will still draw inspiration from Red Dress events around the United States, which raise awareness about HIV and AIDS, but will feature student voices exclusively. Organized by DAMchic and aired live by KBVR, this show will include keynote speakers sharing stories about healthy relationships, as well as student models, student emcees, and student musicians.
With help from CAPS, the Wellness Agents peer leader program, the Pride Center, and Orange Media Network, Student Health Services hopes to make this event a yearly tradition. Loden hopes to spread the message far and wide: “Students, staff, and the OSU community are invited to celebrate love, health, and ourselves during the Boldly Me Health Week!”
By Anika Lautenbach