This past week was Trinityâ€™s inaugural Sex Week, a pilot program designed by Katherine Hewitt, coordinator of Wellness Services.
â€œThe numbers of attendance for Pizza and Pleasure declined last year â€” that was our sixth year â€” Â so it makes sense to me that she would want to try something different, something fresh,â€ Richard Reams, associate director of Counseling Services, said.
Hewittâ€™s goal was to create a weeklong, holistic program for students to better understand topics such as sex, dating, relationships, sexual health and sexuality.
â€œThis is the first time weâ€™re doing Sex Week at Trinity, so weâ€™re really treating this as a pilot just to see how it goes. I think there are some really interesting, creative events where hopefully students can take advantage and learn something from. I think itâ€™s great,â€ said Jackie Bevilacqua, coordinator of Health Services.
The first event for Sex Week is titled â€œThe Bachelorette,â€ which is a combination of â€œThe Bacheloretteâ€ and the famous 1960s game show â€œThe Dating Game.â€
â€œA lot of other colleges offer Sex Week programs that incorporate some sort of matchmaking or incorporate some sort of love aspect. I was trying to figure out what could be fun and modern, and we really wanted to have a gameshow,â€ Hewitt said.
Ivy Clafin, a sophomore psychology and Spanish double major, was the bachelorette for the night.
â€œHonestly, it was a really fun experience. It was the goofiest thing Iâ€™ve ever done. I had a little script with what kind of questions I was supposed to ask the bachelors. I just asked the bachelors, who I couldnâ€™t see, questions and they answered them. There was a sexual health component, I believe, and then at the end I chose one of the 3 guys, and he gave me a rose. We got a gift card for $40 for the restaurant La Fonda,â€ Claflin said.
Joseph Khalaf, a junior accounting major, didnâ€™t know what he should Â have expected when he decided to attend â€œThe Bacheloretteâ€ event at the last minute.
â€œI thought it would be entertaining to see how it unfolded. I didnâ€™t really know what to expect from the event, so I actually kind of wanted to go to see what the event actually turned out to be,â€ Khalaf said.
When one of the bachelors was a no-show, Khalaf volunteered to be a participant because he was already present in the audience.
â€œThe audience definitely found it entertaining, to say the least. Myself and Bachelor #3 werenâ€™t taking it seriously at all â€” we were just kind of having fun with it.â€
Tuesdayâ€™s activity titled â€œShock the Docâ€ centered around a mock womenâ€™s wellness exam presented by Kristin Brozena Shah, obstetrician/gynecologist and Trinity alumna (â€˜02). Shah explained to participants what to expect at a wellness exam, as well as answered audience questions about topics within sexual and physical health.
â€œI think that we were able to cover a lot of topics that are pretty stigmatized in todayâ€™s society. I think it was good that we were able to discuss them with a decent amount of candor and in a comfortable setting with a licensed health care professional to answer our questions in an appropriate, informed way,â€ said Madeline Kennedy, sophomore political science and Spanish double major said.
As for â€œHump Day,â€ Hewitt elected to not have programming so as not to overwhelm students with the pilot program.
â€œSometimes it doesnâ€™t necessarily make it better if thereâ€™s more quantity versus quality, so thatâ€™s the angle that weâ€™re going with it. We wanted to make sure that the programs we had were top quality and to focus on attendance for those events,â€ Hewitt said.
For those who participated in the Pizza and Pleasure series, familiar faces from that event will reappear.
â€œCay Crowe has been coming to provide some of the sexual and relationship education programs for probably 5 or 6 years,â€ said Richard Reams, associate director of Counseling Services.
As a certified sex therapist, Crow will host a sidewalk sex clinic in the lobby of Coates University Center on Thursday. There will be trivia and opportunities to get the answers to all types of sex-related questions.
Fridayâ€™s event includes a Sex Week fair with sexual health vendors and information in the lobby of Coates.
â€œIt will be a solid tabling event for a lot of student organizations, campus resources, and community resources,â€ Hewitt said.
The resources available are PRIDE, the San Antonio AIDS Foundation, the Love Shack, Coalition for Respect, Planned Parenthood and Health Services.
â€œEverything that I learned about sexual health I learned because I thought that it was important to get informed,â€ Kennedy said.
The sexual-education program at her high school was nonexistent.
â€œI think that any time that we can open up the conversation about sexual health and sexual activity and discuss it in a way thatâ€™s mature and open is a valuable experience. So I think that itâ€™s good that we had Sex Week here to allow us to do so.â€
â€œI went to a private, non-religiously affiliated high school, so we did take a health class that basically served as a sex-ed class,â€ Khalaf said.
Looking back at this health class, Khalaf was not satisfied with the amount he learned.
â€œEspecially after being at Trinity and hearing about what other people had in other states, my education could have definitely been more in-depth,â€ Khalaf said.
Other students have also expressed concern over their lack of knowledge.
â€œIt baffles me how many people are uneducated about sexual health and sexual education. Itâ€™s so logical that everyone should be properly educated.â€ said Claflin.
This sexual health education series has been sponsored by Wellness Services, PRIDE and Zeta Chi.