Project SAFE

Project SAFE began as a multisite prevention Research initiative funded through the Centers for Disease Control. This project is housed in the Community Health Program. Community Health Program serves as both the research arm for graduate students in the psychology department and as a Community engagement program. After the CDC initiative expired, former President Mason decided to allow this work to continue by providing University support. Since 2006, SAFE has tested over 7500 students. It provides free Rapid HIV Testing in the primary location on the 1st floor of the Liberal Arts building.  The staff in the testing center also provides Pre & Post counseling for all those getting tested. Project SAFE also provides mobile testing for different venues on campus and off campus. For those getting tested, they also provide free T-shirts or a Sports water bottle. SAFE sponsors a major HIV awareness event, Party on the Plaza, in the spring semester each year.  In 2011, the project expanded its services by adding a Peer Health Educator program.