HIV & Faith Leaders Video Series
Pastor Dennis Massenberg reflects on the internal struggle he faced in reconciling his faith and his sexuality on the path to establishing his own church.
“Purpose in the Pulpit” is the second of a HIV & Faith Leaders video series that was created by the CODE Office, the Triangle Empowerment Center, and photojournalist Carter McCall over the course of a year and a half. The series was born from the struggle of local communities of color that wanted to explore the intersectionality of HIV risk and faith-based communities, and create a discussion tool geared toward youth who may feel ostracized from their spiritual homes, and are searching for their place in the faith world.
Community-Based Learning and Action Trip
The CODE Office collaborates with the Carolina Center for Public Service and the UNC student organization GlobeMed on CFARther, a community-based learning and public service initiative for UNC students seeking hands-on experience working with HIV/AIDS in off-campus communities. With an investment in enhancing student learning by encouraging students to become compassionate, committed, and action-oriented agents of change, this program is steered by the following aims:
• To enable students to convert theory in to practice, integrating a classroom-based understanding of HIV/AIDS with real world conditions and realities. By establishing deep and purposeful campus-to-community connections, the curriculum is enhanced, removing the separation between the classroom and the real world.
• To provide students with the opportunity to problem solve, achieve through collaboration and relationship-building, and encourage their pursuit of HIV/AIDS-related career paths.
• To provide community-based organizations, many of which are underfunded and with few resources, with volunteers who can respond to community-specific needs.
CBO partners host the students, and provide experiential learning and community service activities. In December 2013, this program was piloted as a week-long alternative winter break service trip, matching 12 students with 7 HIV/AIDS-related community-based organizations across North Carolina. Unlike other States whose HIV/AIDS vulnerable communities are concentrated primarily in densely urban areas, North Carolina’s HIV/AIDS demographics are spread out, with some concentrated in a few urban areas, while others populate mostly rural regions. Because of this, the students wanted to experience as many of the unique needs of these high-risk demographics, and decided to make it a State-wide trip.
HIV/AIDS Course at UNC on Public Television and Online
In an effort to share research knowledge and information with the broader public via channels that are accessible and culturally-appropriate, the widely-celebrated “campus-wide HIV/AIDS Course” at UNC is now offered as open courseware and will be broadcasted on public television beginning January 19, 2015. Enrolling more than 450 students per year, the HV/AIDS Course at UNC offers student participants a multi-disciplinary perspective on HIV/AIDS — its etiology, immunology, epidemiology and impact on individuals and society. The various mediums through which the HIV/AIDS Course is offered has afforded the opportunity to educate a larger number of individuals about the basis of HIV transmission, risk factors, safety, and global statistics, including community stakeholders, AIDS service organizations, and local HBCU faculty and students.
Mondays @ 9:00PM January 19- April 29, 2015
Channel 8- Chapel Hill
Channel 4- Carrboro
Channel 18- Durham
Condom Dispensers at UNC
In an effort to increase provision and use of condoms among UNC students, UNC Student Wellness, in collaboration with the UNC CFAR, installed free condom dispensers in several frequently populated locations throughout campus. Use of these dispensers has soared, with refills needed 2-3 times per week. A survey was created and disseminated to students to assess use of, preferences for, accessibility of the dispensers, and the results were exciting. The survey data resulted in the application by a local HBCU for a CFAR Developmental Grant to replicate this project on its campus, which was successfully funded.
HIV/AIDS Advocacy Conference
The CODE Office partnered with the NC AIDS Action Network, the NC Hard Reduction Coalition and Winston Salem State University School of Health Sciences to host the 2014 North Carolina HIV/AIDS Advocacy Conference. The conference drew over 150 people, and featured speakers, presentations, and breakout sessions covering a wide array of topics including “HIV and Incarceration”, “HIV, Faith-Based Communities and Black MSM”, HIV Policy, Overdose Prevention, and HIV Women’s Empowerment initiatives across the State.
HIV Myth Busters
HIV Myth Buster is a web-based tool that collects HIV-related myths submitted via its website, and are dispelled by UNC CFAR experts. The archive of myths was collected by user surveys completed by community members at community-wide events, and expands as myths are submitted online. Visit HIV Myth Busters: http://hivmythbusters.unc.edu