"Because human sexuality, unlike calculus, is something you'll actually have to know for the rest of your life." - John Oliver
Harvard Sex Week is run by the student organization Sexual Health Education and Advocacy Throughout Harvard college (SHEATH).
SHEATH was founded in 2011 by two Harvard College students, Samantha Meier and Abby Sun. Meier and Sun noticed a lack of sexual health education on campus and decided to start SHEATH to fill that gap. SHEATH's mission is to provide sexual health education opportunities, open up campus dialogue, and bring together Harvard's wide array of health and wellness resources, in one series of events collectively known as Harvard Sex Week. The first Harvard Sex Week was hosted in March of 2012, with the second Harvard Sex Week hosted in the fall of 2012. Harvard Sex Week has run every fall since, with the eighth annual Harvard Sex Week having run October 28 - November 4, 2018.
Harvard Sex Week is an annual week of events, ranging from interactive workshops, to lectures, to facilitated discussions, all focusing on issues of sex, sexual health, sexuality, gender, identity, relationships, intimacy, and more. Sex Week intends to both educate and advocate, providing a platform for self-exploration and community dialogue. We intend to promote a week of programming that is interdisciplinary, thought-provoking, scholastic, innovative, and applicable to student experiences in order to promote a more holistic understanding of sex and sexuality. Our goal is to connect diverse individuals and communities both within and beyond Harvard through common human experiences. We are not advocating for engaging in certain sexual acts over others – we’re advocating for knowledge; we simply want to provide a safe space where students can learn about these issues in an accurate and non-judgmental manner. We hope people leave our workshops feeling educated about a topic that they were either assumed to know or assumed to have no interest in, and with a feeling of empowerment from the knowledge that they are now able to make their own safe, healthy, and informed decisions about their sex lives and lifestyles.