SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness Group)

What is SHAG?

The Sexual Health Awareness Group (SHAG) is a peer education program from Health Promotion. SHAG is comprised of Brown students who promote sexual health on campus through workshops, a confidential texting Q&A response service (e-mail for the texting number), and other outreach projects.

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How do I schedule a SHAG program?

SHAG is available to present sexual health workshops to Brown students. All workshops are fun, informative and interactive and address a range of pertinent sexual health issues including safer sex, STIs, and protection methods. Choose from the following formats:

Sex Trivia
Test your knowledge of all things sex, with trivia challenge categories including Pop Culture, Risky Business, History of Sex, and Philias, Phobias and Phetishes. Friendly competition, surprising factoids, and plenty of safer sex prizes make for a super fun (and informative) program.

Sex Jeopardy
Think you’re a sexpert? Looking to learn more about safer sex? This competitive game provides you with information on contraception and STI protection that will help you make healthy choices.

Safer Sex Express
This hands-on interactive workshop gives students the opportunity to learn about safer sex methods by moving between "stations" where they explore a method through discussion and experiments.

E-mail or for more information or to schedule a program.

Can I really ask SHAG anything?

Yes! SHAG is now offering personalized, confidential answers to students' sexual health and safer sex questions via text. Responses from our trained peer educators within 24 hours! E-mail from your Brown e-mail (because this service is just for Brown students) to get the SHAG texting number, call Health Promotion at 401-863-2794 to request the number, or look for our posters around campus.

What is the role of a SHAG peer educator?

Peer Educators are trained in current sexual health knowledge and effective approaches to sexual health education. You will have the opportunity to learn valuable facilitation skills, develop expertise in a range of sexual health topics, and serve as an advocate for sexual health at Brown. Peer Educators facilitate workshops in conjunction with Health Education staff and also participate in sexual health outreach projects through Health Promotion (like tables on the green and materials development and distribution). Workshops and outreaches are designed to:

  • Promote dialogue about healthy sexuality and safer sex. 
  • Increase understanding of sexual health and safer sex. 
  • Model an open and honest approach to sexual health discussions. 
  • Be inclusive of the diverse student body at Brown, recognizing the range of sexual health issues, sexual and gender identities, and varied levels of sexual health knowledge.

Educators are expected to facilitate two to three workshops per semester. There are monthly meetings to discuss programs, get ongoing training, and plan special projects. Peer educators also enter the weekly shift rotation to respond to incoming questions from the SHAG texting service, with an average of 2 weeks “on call” each semester.

Is there training?

Yes!  There is both an initial training, at the beginning of the fall semester, and ongoing training covering topics including:

  • Effective Facilitation Strategies
  • Addressing Diverse Audiences
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Protection Methods
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Healthy Relationships/Communication/Consent
  • Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity
  • Media & Society – Their influences on our experience of sexuality
  • Body Image & Sexuality

How do I join?

SHAG reviews applications for our peer education group each fall, with training at the beginning of each spring semester for newly accepted members. To apply, complete the application (download the SHAG 2015 peer educator information sheet and application here: Application (Word) and submit it by Tuesday, November 3, 2015. To find out more about SHAG, you can contact Naomi Ninneman, Health Educator, at 401-863-3521 or, or e-mail the peer educators at

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SHAG videos

As part of our efforts to spread knowledge about sexual health, SHAG has produced a series of videos about safer sex. You can view the first four installments in the series below. There are more to come. Stay tuned!