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Sex education presentation awakens knowledge in students


“University is a time when people leave home and have freedom so it’s the best time to get educated,” Mihalko said. | Courtesy of the LGBTQ Resource Center.

Sex education can be raw and witty.

“Let’s Get SexEd!,” a presentation sponsored by the LGBTQ Resource Center, Center for Diversity and Inclusion and the Council for Ethnic Organizations, spotlighted topics including cultural awareness on sex education, self-esteem and relationship communication.

Sex education experts Allison Moon and Reid Mihalko provided bold tips for improving communication to increase what they call a person’s “physical, emotional and relationship IQ.”

“Right now, there’s not enough sex education in the world,” Moon said. “You in this room are on the cutting edge.”

The LGBTQ Resource Center organized the lecture on National Coming Out Day. One of the goals the center wanted to fulfill out of the event is to raise awareness and increase knowledge of sex health.

More than 100 people were in attendance.

“We want to increase visibility and awareness for our center and what we provide to students,” said liberal studies senior Rashad Moody, a member of the Sexuality and Gender Acceptance Squad.

Moon and Mihalko collaborated as experts in their field and traveled across the country to provide an entertaining but informative discussion about an often-avoided topic. From moments full of laughter to the audience’s engaged looks, many students walked away with newly gained insight and confidence.

“I use humor to teach and allow us to talk about tough subjects with levity,”  Mihalko said, who is known as “America’s favorite sex geek.” He has made much media appearance such as Netflix’s “Chelsea Does” with Chelsea Handler, The Washington Post and Marie Claire.

Mihalko stressed the importance of talking to the college student demographic and asked if students had previously been educated on the topic. Only five in the auditorium raised their hand.

“I was always the friend that people asked questions to and I found a way to answer when they didn’t want to ask anyone else,” Moon said.

The event concluded with a table Q&A with Moon and Mihalko. Moon’s award-winning and critically-acclaimed book, “Girl Sex 101,” was also available for students to purchase.

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