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SHARC


Sexual Health Awareness & Relationship Communication

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SHARC


Sexual Health Awareness & Relationship Communication

OUR MISSION

Sexual Health Awareness and Relationship Communication Educators is a group of undergraduate students who educate Harvard community on issues related to sexual health, contraception, STIs and testing, relationships, dating, and other topics related to sexual health. Our office is stocked with different brands of condoms, lube, dental dams, internal (‘female’) condoms, and more! Founded in 1977, SHARC was the second-oldest peer counseling group at Harvard and now will serve as a peer education group to serve the greater Harvard community.

Visit our office hours to pick up free condoms, lube, dental dams, check out our library, or say hi and talk!

OUR TRANSITION TO PEER EDUCATION


OUR TRANSITION TO PEER EDUCATION


Our Transition to Peer Education

The Decision:

The discussion began when we were shown data from the HUHS Health Assessment from Spring of 2016. It showed that only 45.6% of students always use a barrier method (external condom or internal condom) during vaginal sex, only 41.9% of students always use a barrier method during anal sex, and only 4.3% of students always use a barrier method (external condom or dental dam) during oral sex. 

Because of this we knew that we had to be doing more. Sexual Health Education on campus had been scarce until we created Sexual Health 101 in 2014. We are excited to start doing more work out in the community to try to move the needle on some of these data measures. 

For this of you wondering what the difference is between a Peer Education Group and Peer Counseling Group we created some information to try to help clarify. If you ever have other questions don't hesitate to contact us at harvard.sharc@gmail.com. 

 

Peer Education Vs. Peer Counseling:

Peer Counseling:

  • Theories & Models Used:
    • Non-directive counseling skills
  • Structure:
    • Co-Directors
  • Responsibilities: 
    • Staff an office for 1-on-1 peer counseling
    • Provide access to safer sex supplies

Peer Education:

  • Theories & Models Used:
    • Motivational Interviewing
    • Stages of Change Model
    • Social Ecological Model
  • Structure:
    • Co-Presidents
    • Committees/Working Groups
  • Responsibilities:
    • Office Hours
    • Workshops
    • Other Outreach Events
    • Tabling
    • Educational Initiatives
    • Provide access to safer sex supplies

 

 

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Speaking with SHARC


Speaking with SHARC


OFFICE HOURS:
UpDATED OFFICE HOURS FOR THE FALL 2017 WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON

Our Office

Visit Us for Private counseling

We are available in our office in Thayer basement, Mondays-Wednesdays from 7pm to 12am, for private, confidential counseling! We also have a huge array of sexual health supplies in our office. Our old office, located in Harvard University Health Services, is no longer available due to renovations.

There are many places on campus to get free condoms: during our dining hall office hours, Women's Center, Room 13, Contact, Office of BGLTQ Life, Center for Wellness, BSC, and every upperclassmen house and freshman dorm!

 

Our Email

Message Us

You may also reach us by email at harvard.sharc@gmail.com.
Please note that we do not counsel via email.

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Our Peer EDUCATORS


Our Peer EDUCATORS


Harvard SHARCs  undergo extensive training to discuss a wide range of topics with students- from sexual health to whatever else is on your mind.  We work with Harvard University Health Services to connect resources with students, and meet regularly with HUHS administration coordinate events and outreach.

Coming from various backgrounds ourselves, we understand that each person’s experience is unique and reflects differences in class, culture, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation.

Confidentiality and anonymity are always guaranteed.