Published Date: 10/23/2023
This presentation will discuss the importance of providing comprehensive sexual health education to undergraduate students. It will also describe the process by which a sustainable, campus-based, peer-led sexual health education program can be developed via collaboration between faculty, staff, and student activists.
Olivia Khangi is a recent graduate of SUNY Geneseo, having earned a major in Biology and a minor in Sociomedical Sciences, and currently works as a Family Health Specialist at the Niagara County Department of Health. Passionate about sexual health promotion among emerging adults from an early age, Olivia conducted focus group research with female-identified students (n=21) as part of her honors capstone project during the Fall 2022 semester, with the aim of exploring gaps in student knowledge regarding sexual and reproductive health, as well determining student needs relating to sexual health education at SUNY Geneseo. She followed this work with interviews with key stakeholders (e.g., campus administrators and staff) about barriers and facilitators to the development of a sustainable and inclusive sexual health education program at SUNY Geneseo. As a result of these efforts, Olivia received a Student Ambassador Award from Geneseo’s Center for Integrative and Applied Learning to design andimplement a peer-led sexual health education program that will be implemented in Fall 2024. In the future, Olivia hopes to use her experiences in research, program design and implementation as a Physician Assistant specializing in sexual health