Center for Community Engagement

Amherst College Community Prepares for World AIDS Day with a Week of Events, Education, and Hair Dye

Monday, November 29 marks the beginning of AIDS Awareness Week at Amherst College, a collaborative program put together by the Public Health Collaborative, Amnesty International, the Sexual Health Educators (SHEs), and Globe Med. The week’s events will encourage Amherst students to learn more about the global AIDS pandemic while raising money for Partners in Health in Rwanda. The first PIH project in Africa, Inshuti Mu Buzima (“partners in health” in Kinyarwanda, Rwanda’s national language) works to increase the quality of HIV care in rural Rwanda and develop “a rural care model for HIV that can be adapted and replicated throughout Rwanda and other African countries.”

AIDS Awareness Week kicks off with a week-long raffle and hair dye election: purchase raffle tickets for locally donated prizes, or buy votes for your favorite coach, professor, or staff member to have their hair dyed red. Wear red on Wednesday- World AIDS Day- for a free vote in the hair dye election. Tabling for both is in Keefe Campus Center (11-2) and the Valentine Atrium (5:30-7:30).

On Monday, visit the Tapestry Health testing vehicle on the Valentine Quad from 10-2. On Tuesday, make your own HIV/AIDS ribbon in the Campus Center from 10-2. On Wednesday, join the Amherst community for a dinner and talk on international AIDS prevention in 2010 by Dr. Charles Morrison of Family Health International. Following the talk, enjoy jazz, desserts, and dancing.

The AIDS Awareness Week committee invites you to participate, get involved, and learn more about this global health crisis. For more information, please contact Lili Ferguson at eferguson10 [at] amherst [dot] edu.