SAN FRANCISCO – On April 5, Minerva hosted a sexual education workshop for a group of Minerva students. The workshop was led by Minerva’s Dr. James Lyda and guest instructor Robin Mills, a sex educator from UC Berkeley who focuses on teaching peers how to support each other.

The conversation focused on different means of contraception that can be used to make  sex safer. Mills made sure to outline the benefits, risks, and proper usage of different forms of hormonal and nonhormonal contraceptives.

“I think it was wonderful to have a sex ed discussion and presentation for students, especially coming from a diverse community where knowledge in this area varies. A lot of the topics covered are incredibly important, but I firmly believe this should have been done at the beginning of the year and with required attendance by all students,” said Inaugural Class student Colette Brown commenting on the workshop.

Students asked questions regarding the cost of different contraceptive methods.Cost, , along with the availability, is likely to vary depending on what city cohorts are in. Questions about the way  students talk about sex among themselves, and appropriate behaviour for handling this, often times, sensitive subject were also raised.

At the end of the workshop participants identified elements of healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationships in order to understand what the warning signs are both in their own relationships and in those of their friends.

The workshop was conducted on a small scale with only 20 students in order to gauge the effectiveness. Following this workshop, there is a plan to conduct a larger scale version for the entire student body next year. Whether that will apply to cohorts in both San Francisco and Berlin is yet to be specified.

Information about where to go in order to obtain contraceptives, or in emergency situations in San Francisco will soon be added to the Hub (the internal Minerva Student Intranet), and will be updated to include information relevant to the other six cities where student cohorts will live.