SFSU AIDS Coordinating Committee

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World AIDS Day 2016

31 years of HIV/AIDS activism at SF State: 1985 to 2016


The University will commemorate World AIDS Day on Thursday, Dec. 1, with a celebration of the unsung heroes and remembrance of those lost to the epidemic and a recommitment to reaching zero HIV/AIDS for all of our communities.

2:00 to 3:00 PM Richard Oakes Multicultural Center presents: Rifiki Coalition of San Francisco as a Model for Addressing HIV/AIDS Pandemic. ROMC, César Chávez Student Center


4:00 to 5:00 p.m: Community members will gather at the Memorial Grove between the Gym and César Chávez Student Center to celebrate and recommit to the spirit of community that brought SF State into the forefront of universities worldwide in our efforts to take care of our community and innovate prevention strategies.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m: The SF State Nursing Alumni Association will present "A Nursing Perspective," a symposium and panel discussion in Jack Adams Hall of the César Chávez Center to remember the unsung heroes who courageously cared for AIDS patients during the early days of the epidemic. (Two hours of CEU's available.)

Free HIV antibody testing by the Native American Health Center will be held in the Student Health Center 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on that day.

Tthe University Archives will present the display "31 Years of the University's AIDS Coordinating Committee" in LIB 460 from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2.


The SFSU AIDS Quilt Panel will be hanging in the lobby of the César Chávez Student Center throughout December.

All members of the University family both past and present are welcome to join this community celebration. Email Michael Ritter for more information.










SFSU AIDS Coordinating Committee 1985 - 2015

AIDS awareness ribbonIn the Fall of 1985, San Francisco State University established an ad-hoc AIDS Task Force that focused primarily on educational programs. The Task Force organized the first AIDS Awareness Week within the CSU system. In the Spring of 1986, the CSU issued a mandate that directed all campuses to develop committees in order to address the educational needs as well as the personal, medical, administrative, and legal concerns of members of the campus community regarding HIV infection and AIDS. As a result of this mandate, the SFSU AIDS Coordinating Committee was established in the Fall of 1986. Many of the original Task Force members subsequently became active with the AIDS Coordinating Committee, and many new members were recruited to represent concerns of areas not previously represented.

The SFSU AIDS Coordinating Committee was composed of faculty, staff, students, and administrators who represented a broad cross-section of the campus community. The ACC met regularly throughout the academic year. The budget was administered through the Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. Membership was open to all members of the campus community. A Steering Committee, developed and implemented SFSU's AIDS Policy. The CSU now has an HIV/AIDS non-discrimination policy. The goal of the Committee was to support and encourage educational programs and services related to HIV/AIDS. These services included: providing information to the campus through workshop, programs and speaker honorariums; supporting peer education programs; encouraging and supporting curriculum integration; working to insure a safe environment for members of our community who are living with HIV; and providing medical access through the Student Health Services and the Cindy Kolb Fund for those in need.

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