Written by Tim Talley
Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University is hosting World AIDS Day on Dec. 1. The day's events include free HIV testing, an information fair with free food and educational games, and a panel discussion to help create awareness for HIV/AIDS advocacy. The culmination of the day's events will be a reception open to the audience, which will be held directly following the panel discussion in the Betty R. Tipton Room in Eastern's Student Center.
The schedule of events are as follows:
From 12:30 to 2:45 p.m., there will be a free HIV testing conducted by local nonprofit organizations in the Student Center Room 223.
From 1 to 3 p.m. in the Student Center, there will be an information fair with live music; free food; educational games; and tables staffed by local nonprofits and student organizations. Groups involved include the Windham AIDS Program and their Housing Department, Planned Parenthood Southern New England, Planned Parenthood of Willimantic, Generations, Perceptions, the No Freeze Shelter, the Windham Harm Reduction Coalition, the Women's Center, the Student Wellness Promotion Center, People Helping People Global Issues Committee, PRIDE Alliance, the Peace and Human Rights Student Organization, the International Student Association and campus radio station WECS 90.1.
The main event will be a panel discussion held by HIV/AIDS activists from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Betty R. Tipton Room. The presentation is part of Eastern's University Hour series. The public is invited. Admission is free.
Panel participants include Elsie Cofield, founder of AIDS Interfaith Network in New Haven; Betsy Correa, community advocate and Connecticut AIDS Resource Coalition board member; Shawn Lang, director of public policy at the Connecticut AIDS Resource Coalition; and Rev. Robert Warren. They will speak about their experiences in conducting advocacy about HIV both nationally and locally and in providing services to those affected by HIV. They will share some of the ways that they have been personally impacted by HIV and by their work.
For more information on World AIDS Day at Eastern, contact Helma de Vries, professor of political science at Eastern, at email@example.com or call (860) 465-5091.