Students had the opportunity to ask questions and speak openly about sex at an interactive presentation and discussion called Wrap It Up Tuesday evening.
Chi Eta Phi, a sorority for nursing students, and the university's chapter of the United Latino Association led the sex education discussion in the Brown-Lupton University Union Ballroom.
Because the university does not have a university-wide sex talk, Chi Eta Phi wanted to develop a service on sex education for students, Kalekia Adams, a junior nursing major and member of Chi Eta Phi, said.
The members of Chi Eta Phi led three PowerPoint presentations on STDs, birth control and sex facts in America. The discussion then opened for a question-and-answer session.
The presentation was delivered in a fun, humorous and college-friendly way, Pauline Baculi, a junior nursing major who attended the event, said.
Wrap It Up was unique because it provided a peer-to-peer discussion about sex from a health care point of view, Adams said.
“We’re not preaching to anyone,” she said. “Sex is happening, it’s going to happen, and we should inform rather than punish.”
Fifty percent of pregnancies in America are unplanned, according to the presentation slides. To counteract that statistic, Chi Eta Phi members discussed invasive contraceptives, non-invasive contraceptives and abstinence.
Marisol Sigala, a senior nursing major and member of Chi Eta Phi, said most people are eventually going to be sexually active, but because sex is taboo, people are less educated about it.
Events like Wrap It Up are important because the university does not have programs that advocate for open communication about sex, and other groups may only talk about why students should not have sex, she said.
“This is kind of a safe space. There are no dumb questions,” Sigala said.
Chi Eta Phi is currently working to make sex education similar to the sexual assault presentations so that it will be a requirement for first-year students, Adams said.
Another sex education event called Strike Out STDs is scheduled for April 18 during STD Awareness Month. After the presentation, there is expected to be a bowling night at Lucky Strike, Adams said.