AIDS Memorial Quilt Conference 2020
Students for Diversity in Education through Service (SDES) is an LGBTQ student organization dedicated to providing sustainable service on campus and in the Columbus area. We regularly volunteer with local organizations such as Star House, Equitas Health, Equality Ohio, and BRAVO (Buckeye Regional Anti-Violence Organization), and also host biweekly meetings that we use to educate our members on a range of topics, from LGBTQ history to resources on campus and in the community.
Our organization hopes to bring the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt to campus for the second year in a row. The AIDS Memorial Quilt was started in 1987 in San Francisco to memorialize those lost to AIDS. Since its creation, over 48,000 panels have been dedicated to those lost during the pandemic. The Quilt is a visual reminder of our history, an incredibly powerful memorial, and a symbol to remind us of the gravity of the AIDS crisis in the past and present. Bringing the Quilt to Ohio State will bring the community together, help to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS in the Columbus community, and emphasize the importance of getting tested.
Your contributions to our project will help bring the AIDS Memorial Quilt, free HIV/STI testing, free condoms, speakers, and more to Ohio State and bring the community together for this educational and awareness-focused event. This community-funded project only makes the event more meaningful, and we thank you for support!