The SHARE Program seeks to help young adults avoid the health risks associated with dangerous drinking and substance abuse. We collaborate with campus and community partners to serve students, including veterans, Latinos, and LGBTQIA young adults in San Marcos through programming, services and events such as HIV/HCV Testing Tuesdays.
SHARE is comprised of several programs and health campaigns, including SHARE Pride, which focuses on LGBTQIA students, Veterans Guiding Veterans, which focuses on young adult veterans on campus, and PartySafe, a health education program seeking to help students avoid the consequences associated with 'hooking up' while impaired.
Dr. Melinda Villagran is the Project Director for SHARE at Texas State. The program is funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
SHARE offers Texas State students the opportunity to receive free educational programming, services, training, and HIV testing. The program seeks to help students avoid unintended sexual health issues, such as HIV and viral Hepatitis.
We seek to provide culturally relevant information to educate various student groups about the relationship between substance/alcohol use and sexual health risks.
Existing research suggests students who engage in binge drinking are more likely to engage in unprotected sex and become victims of sexual assault when they are impaired. Although Texas State currently offers programs and services to combat alcohol abuse and sexual assault on campus, the goal of this project is to create a community partnership program among students, faculty and non-profit agencies in San Marcos to reduce sexual risks associated with binge drinking. SHARE is a unique collaboration among student veterans groups, LGBTQIA student groups, San Marcos Nightlife clubs, the San Marcos Main Street program, and AIDS Services of Austin.
Services provided include:
- Free and Confidential HIV Testing to students and community
- Campus presentations
- Community presentations
- Hosting guest speakers on campus
- Veterans Guiding Veterans Program
- Co-hosting events with Texas State PRIDE, Lambda and SM NightLife
- Information about high risk behaviors via social media sites and various media
- Confidential campus and community resource referrals