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SHARC


Sexual Health Awareness & Relationship Communication Educators

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SHARC


Sexual Health Awareness & Relationship Communication Educators

Welcome

Sexual Health Awareness and Relationship Communication (SHARC) Educators is a group of undergraduate students who educate Harvard community on issues related to sexual health, contraception, STIs and testing, relationships, dating, and other topics related to sexual health. We have a huge variety of  of condoms, lube, dental dams, internal (‘female’) condoms, and most importantly information about sexual health! Founded in 1977, SHARC was the second-oldest peer counseling group at Harvard and now serves as a peer education group to serve the greater Harvard community.

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  • Our transition to peer education
  • Our educators

Visit us during our dining hall office hours to pick up free safer sex supplies or say hi and talk:

  • Sundays 9:00pm-10:30pm | Currier Dining Hall
  • Mondays 9:00pm-10:30pm | Winthrop Dining Hall
  • Tuesdays 9:00pm-10:30pm | Leverett Dining Hall
  • Thursdays 9:00pm-10:30pm | Quincy Dining Hall

History


History


History

In the 1970s, SHARC got its start as the second oldest peer counseling group on Harvard's campus. Focusing on sexual health and contraception, SHARC's original name was Peer Contraceptive Counselors (PCC). PCC rebranded itself in 2014 as Sexual Health and Relationship Counselors (SHARC) to reflect our renewed focus on not just the physical aspects of sexual health but also relationships and emotions. Since the 1970s, we have served as a peer resource for Harvard students, providing safer sex supplies and space for conversations on sexual health.

Our transition from peer counseling to peer education

The discussion began when we were shown data from the HUHS Health Assessment from Spring of 2016. It showed that only 45.6% of students always use a barrier method (external condom or internal condom) during vaginal sex, only 41.9% of students always use a barrier method during anal sex, and only 4.3% of students always use a barrier method (external condom or dental dam) during oral sex. 

We knew that we had to be doing more. Sexual health education on campus had been scarce until we created our workshop Sexual Health 101 in 2014. We are excited to start doing more work out in the community to try to increase the use of safer sex supplies on campus.

This 2017 Harvard Crimson article details the transition.

For this of you wondering what the difference is between a peer education and a peer counseling group, feel free to contact us at harvard.sharc@gmail.com. 

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Our Peer Educators


Our Peer Educators


Harvard SHARC educators  undergo extensive training to discuss a wide range of topics with students- from sexual health to relationships to whatever else is on your mind.  We work with Harvard University Health Services to connect students with resources and meet regularly with HUHS administration coordinate events and outreach.

Coming from various backgrounds ourselves, we understand that each person’s experience is unique and reflects differences in class, culture, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation.

Confidentiality and anonymity are always guaranteed.