Founded in 2012, Sexual Education by Harvard College Students (SEHCS) is a student organization dedicated to empowering members of the Harvard community to explore their experiences with love and sex by providing comprehensive sexual education programming on Harvard’s campus.
During SEHCS' annual Sex Week (in the fall) and Sex Weekend (in the spring), we invite local sex educators to campus to lead interdisciplinary, scholastic, and highly engaging workshops.
At the end of each event, SEHCS distributes safe sex supplies and sex toys to attendees, courtesy of our generous sponsors.
Our team at Sexual Education by Harvard College Students believe that everyone is entitled to consent, anytime and anywhere, in and outside the bedroom. We define consent as FAIR(S), which has been adapted from Planned Parenthood’s definition of consent:
Freely given: Consenting is a choice you make without pressure (including power-based pressure), coercion, or manipulation. Are drugs or alcohol involved? Be really careful about whether consent is truly freely given. All parties should be grounded in reality when giving consent. Consent can not be freely given when impaired.
Authentic: No matter your why, consent comes from a genuine place, not out of obligation. Consenting is to stuff you WANT, not things that you feel you’re expected to.
Informed: You can only consent to something if you have the full story. For example, if someone says they’ll use a condom and then they don’t, there isn’t full consent.
Reversible: Anyone can change their mind about what they feel like doing, anytime. Even if you’ve done it before, and even if you’ve already said yes and are both naked in bed.
Specific: Saying yes to one thing doesn’t mean you’ve said yes to others. Going to the bedroom to make out doesn’t mean you’ve consented to having sex. Letting your roommate borrow your clothes doesn’t mean you’ve consented to them eating your food.
Every year, we're lucky to host workshops and presentations with educators from around the country. The Sex Week "sex"perts do a fabulous job teaching our community about topics that range from "getting cliterate," to the philosophy of porn, to body positivity during intimacy, and so much more. We're always looking to incorporate new voices into Sex Week, so if you are a sex educator, please get in touch!
STop! Collaborate & listen!
SEHCS is proud to have collaborated with many other on-campus organizations over the years. These organizations include the Harvard College Women's Center, Queer Students and Allies, the Office of BGLTQ Student Life, Radcliffe Union of Students, Sexual Health and Relationship Counselors, the Undergraduate Council, and the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response.