Friday, November 20, 2009

Benedict College has been selected to participate in the Minority Education Institutions (MEI) Initiative for Substance Abuse, HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis prevention program. Funded under this initiative are schools designated as Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other minority serving institutions. The one year $85,000 grant will be used to enhance substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and hepatitis prevention activities on campus. The grant will be implemented through Counseling & Testing Services.

The MEI Initiative is to ensure effective, culturally competent and age-appropriate, peer-led prevention initiatives are implemented on college campuses targeting students to prevent activities which contribute to the onset and reduce substance use that contribute to risk behaviors for transmission of HIV.

The project will use a combination of peer-to-peer education and HIV testing to reduce health disparities in the fight to prevent HIV. The college will partner with the South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council (SCHAC) to train ten (10) student peer educators in the three target subject areas. Student peer educators will then conduct educational sessions for students throughout the college in various settings – health fairs, seminar classes, student orientation, etc. The SCHAC mobile testing unit and Benedict College Student Health Center will provide HIV testing.

We congratulate, Millercin Fields Weeks, Director, Counseling & Testing Services and her staff on receiving this grant award.