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Awareness Week

March 12 - 16, 2012

Awareness Week is a five-day event that seeks to bring attention to various issues facing college students and society every day. Through interactive programs and dialogues between students and campus faculty and staff, the Residence Hall Association hopes to bring awareness to the Portland State community, thereby making it a more inclusive, welcoming and accessible environment for all those who consider themselves a part of it.


To learn more about the week's events, please click on the links below for detailed descriptions, or add the event to your Google Calendar by using the event invitations below!


Sexual Health Awareness

Alcohol Awareness

Disability Awareness

Mental Health Awareness

Hunger/Thirst Awareness



Sexual Health Awareness Day

Monday, March  12


  •  Condom Olympics: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. (Ondine Lobby)
    • We all know what a condom is, but do we really know how to use them effectively? Come learn the ins and outs of proper condom usage in a fun-filled, relaxed environment.
  •  Sex in the Dark: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Montgomery Court Lounge)
    • This event features a panel and speakers from the Women’s Resource Center and is always a great experience for those who want to become more knowledgeable about safe sex practices.

Alcohol Awareness Day

Tuesday, March 13


  •  Mocktail Party!: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Montgomery Court Lounge)
    • Being inebriated lowers our ability to process information and function on a physical level. When intoxicated, you might think you are the master of your body, but this obstacle course will show you what your reality might actually be. Come join other students as they learn about alcohol safety through interaction with others, a drunk goggles obstacle course and special guests, the Campus Public Safety Officers.

Disability Awareness Day

Wednesday, March 14


  •  Wheelchair Basketball: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. (Student Rec Center)
    • Come participate in a sport you’ve all seen and played before, but probably never in this way.
  • In the Shoes Of (Disability Awareness Games): 6  p.m. – 7 p.m. (Montgomery Court Lounge)
    • Come learn more about yourself and others by putting yourself in the shoes of someone who views the world in a completely different way. This event seeks to raise awareness of the social construction of disability through action.

Mental Health Awareness Day

Thursday, March 15


  •  How to Cope with Coming Out - A QRC Panel: Noon - 2 p.m. (Montgomery Lounge)
    • There’s a lot of anxiety around the coming out process, both for those coming out and those receiving the news. Come listen to a panel of students and staff about their coming out process and how you can help lessen the perceived stress for those around you.
  •  To Write Love on Her Arms: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. (Montgomery Lounge)
    • We all face stress on a daily basis; the important thing is to know how to cope with it. This panel seeks to raise awareness of stress management strategies, which can be particularly useful as we come up on Finals Week
  •  Art Therapy Session with SHAC and the QRC: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. (Ondine Lobby)
    • Come speak with some representatives from Student Health and Counseling and the Queer Resource Center about how to cope with stress and help others through different times while learning about what art can do to help you manage stress.

Hunger and Thirst Awareness Day

Friday, March 16


  •  Thirst Project Canteen Carry: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Campus Wide)
    • This project seeks to raise awareness of access to clean drinking water and the struggles that some must go through in order to obtain it. Come find a representative in the Park Blocks to learn more about the issue and to participate in the Canteen Carry Project.
  •  Hunger Banquet: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Parkway North in Smith Memorial Student Union)
    • This event seeks to raise awareness of hunger and access to nutritious, healthy food options throughout the world and even in our own local communities. This powerful activity will surely leave you with some food for thought. Space is limited, so please arrive early to secure your spot.