Relationships

Two people holding hands.

Healthy relationships are a critical component to achieving optimal well-being.  There are many different types of relationships including friendship, romance, and professional.  Relationships allow for social support and guidance allowing an individual to feel empathy, love, trust, and belonging.  Social support can also provide tangible aid, service, advice, and information.   

Healthy relationships must be based on shared values, mutual respect, honesty, equality, fairness, and open communication.  They may or may not involve sexual activity. If partners choose to engage in sexual activity, it must be consensual.

  • Mutual Respect: Listening to one another’s ideas and showing empathy for what they may be feeling.  Understanding each other’s boundaries
  • Trust: Understanding and respecting each other’s decisions and need to have independent activities. 
  • Honesty: The ability to tell another the truth without fear.  Expressing feelings and discussing problems openly.   ‚Äč
  • Equality: Treating each other as equals, making decisions together and compromising on solutions
  • Fairness/Forgiveness: The ability to admit when you may have been wrong.  Forgiving another individual for past mistakes.  Finding a solution that will benefit the partnership. 
  • Good Communication: Talking openly about your feelings, directly expressing needs and wishes, working through disagreements, and listening without judgment. Non-verbal communication such as gestures, tone of voice, and eye contact are also a key component to developing healthy relationships.  

Healthy Relationships Week

Healthy Relationships Week offers everyone an opportunity to dive into subjects about sex, "situationships", consent, getting over heartbreak, and so much more.

Times/Locations/Details:

Monday February 11th

Poly, Mono, Open, Solo: Healthy Relationships for everyone  

Healthy relationships are developed and maintained by characteristics and tools ranging from open communication to trust and equity. This program dives into healthy relationship themes that are necessary no matter one’s relationship dynamic.  

Location: Piedmont Room 6:00-7:00pm  

Tuesday, February 12th

Sexual Health 101:  

Did you know that there are over 10 different styles of condoms? How about birth control being more than just a pill? Did you hear about the daily pill one can take to not contract HIV? Come learn about the answers to these questions and so much more.  

Location: Unplugged Reading Room WVDC 5:00-6:00 

Wednesday, February 13th

Coffee Talk 

The event is "Coffee Talk" and it will be a part of Healthy Relationships Week. Coffee Talk will be round table discussions where VOICE peer educators will lead guided conversations about sexual violence, healthy relationships, and consent.

Location: Under the Couch 11am-1:00pm  

Thursday, February 14th

Tabling: Healthy Space  

Free giveaways, games, and Valentine’s Day gifts.  

Adulting and Relationships:  

As we navigate adult life and establish intimate partner relationships with new people, we are often confronted with rejection, heartbreak, new emotions, confusing “situationships”, and a host of other adulting relationship dilemmas.  This workshop provides students with information on dating safely, dealing with rejection, setting boundaries and effectively communicating.  

Piedmont Room: 4:00-5:00  

Campus Partner: LGBTQIA Resource Center

Programs & Services

HIV Testing

Health Initiatives offers free HIV testing to students, faculty, and staff twice a semester. These testing events are not only about getting physically tested, but creating a space for conversation around healthy relationships, safer sex, and the importance of making testing a part of your regular health care routine. 

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