There’s a place on campus where anything goes.
This place in the UNB’s Sexuality Centre, a safe space that provides students with information and resources regarding everything sex.
“The Sexuality Centre is a student run resource centre on topics of sexuality, sexual health, sexual orientation, and identity,” said Kat Felix, the Sexuality Centre coordinator.
“Whenever we have stock, we provide free condoms to the student population. We offer a safe space so if anyone is questioning their sexual identity or gender identity you can come here and feel safe to talk.”
The Centre also assists students with class presentations by offering a variety of resources. Topics in the library include sexual health, below-the-belt cancers, sexual orientation. However, students aren’t the only people on campus able to benefit from using The Sexuality Centre.
“Our centre is open to anybody in the university community: faculty, staff, and students. It’s important to be educated regarding sexual health,” Felix said. “We also provide referrals should anybody need student health services or counselling.”
Although the most widely used service of the centre is free condoms, all sorts of sexual issues and interests are addressed by Felix and other volunteers.
“Sexuality can be a scary thing for somebody trying to figure themselves out. It’s important for students to have a safe space,” Felix said.
“When it comes to sexual health, some might be scared to go to a doctor and talk to them; we probably have something here for you (a pamphlet, etc.) if you’re worried about having an STI.”
The Sexuality Centre doesn’t perform STI testing on site though and strongly recommends seeing a doctor if you have any health concerns.
The centre is one of the many places on campus that’s always looking for new volunteers to help with events, management, the spreading of information, etc.
“It’s a great experience,” Felix said. “First of all, it gets you familiar with the material. It looks great on a resume, and it’s a fun place to volunteer. There’s always something new to figure out here.”
Felix encourages all students looking for a helping hand or an open ear to stop by the centre. All conversations held are non-judgemental, unpresuming, and confidential.
“If you need someone to talk to, we’re always a good starting point. If we don’t have the answer, we will try our best to find somebody who does,” she said. “If you have a question, definitely approach us and we’ll try our best to help you out.”
The UNB Sexuality Centre is located on the second floor of the SUB, down the hall from the ballroom in room 203. Office hours are generally 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, but vary depending on current events. A current schedule will always be posted on the door. You can contact the Centre at 452-6272 or at Sexuality@unb.ca.