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An annual week-long sex education series, Sexapalooza recently wrapped up its fifth year on the Rutgers University-New Brunswick campus.

A collaborative initiative between Residence Life and several campus partners, including Health Outreach, Promotion and Education (H.O.P.E.) and Recreation, Sexapalooza educates students on topics of sexual health and wellness, relationships, and intimacy.

“We had over 300 students attend our various events, which occurred on all five neighborhoods of the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus,” says Residence Life Coordinator Misty Denham-Barrett.

Comprised of residence life professionals and graduate students, the planning committee scheduled programming from Oct. 17-25, ranging from free HIV testing to discussions about online dating.

Teaming up with Rutgers Recreation, Sexapalooza also hosted a partner yoga event (Oct. 19) before working with H.O.P.E. and the Office of Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance to support the New Brunswick Domestic Violence Awareness Coalition’s Annual March and Rally Against Domestic Violence on Oct. 23.

Sex in the Dark, a safer sex discussion featuring Maria Falzone, concluded the week-long initiative on Oct. 25 with a conversation that aimed to debunk myths, talk about resources offered at Rutgers, and provide factual information on sexual health and diseases.

See below for a full list and descriptions of this year’s Sexapalooza events:

Free HIV Testing

Time: 1-5pm
Campus: College Avenue
Location: 8 Lafayette Street, New Brunswick, N.J. 

Event Description: Join us at Health Outreach, Promotion and Education (H.O.P.E) for free HIV testing.

Partner Yoga

Time: 7:30pm
Campus: Busch
Location: BEST West MPR

Event Description: Partnering with Rutgers Recreation, this class will bring people together through movement, play, breath, touch and yes, intimacy. It can be practiced by any two people and is a great way to strengthen a relationship by fostering trust and communication.

Condom Certification 101

Time: 8:30pm
Campus: Busch
Location: BEST West MPR

Event Description: Confidence is Key! Do have the knowledge, skills and confidence to use condoms correctly and consistently? Do you want to increase your condom confidence and skills? During the “Condom Certification Workshop,” participants will learn fun facts about the history of condoms, what makes them effective, how to store condoms and most important how to use a condom correctly with fun, hands-on activities…Condoms are not the only latex that provides protection against Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI). Dental damns will be discussed and demonstrated too. Students will leave the workshop with the knowledge and skills needed to protect themselves and partner from a STI.

Swipe Right or Nah: Navigating Online Dating on a College Campus

Time: 8:30-10:00pm
Campus: College Avenue
Location: College Avenue Student Center, 411 ABC

Event Description: We will cover areas of online dating, the hook up culture, and how it effects dating on a college campus.

Sex Toy Bingo feature H.O.P.E.

Time: 9pm
Campus: Cook
Location: Cook Student Center

Event Description: This presentation will combine the fun and excitement of BINGO with the educational content of a Sexual Health Workshop from the staff at the office of Health Outreach Promotion & Education (H.O.P.E.).This is meant to be a fun and engaging workshop to get students talking, asking questions and learning about sexual health and safety.

New Brunswick Domestic Violence Awareness Coalition’s Annual March and Rally Against Domestic Violence

Time: 2-5:30pm
Location: Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple (222 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, N.J.)

Event Description: Join us and the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance as we walk to raise awareness about domestic violence.

Movie Knight: Trainwreck

Time: 9pm
Campus: Livingston
Location: Rutgers Cinema

Event Description: This funny and relatable movie covers topics of healthy relationships and dating in engaging and understandable ways! It portrays how a healthy, respectful relationship could look while remaining true to yourself.

Sex in the Dark hosted by Maria Falzone

Time: 9:30pm
Campus: Douglass
Location: Douglass Student Center, Trayes Hall

Event Description: Hosted by the hilarious, Maria Falzone (, Sex in the Dark is an educational sexual health program that fosters a positive and factual conversation about sexual health. Students will engage in an open ended conversation that will allow for Maria to catch a glimpse of what students are thinking when it comes to sex. Maria will use this information to debunk any myths, talk about resources offered at Rutgers, and provide factual information on sexual health and diseases.