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SEAT's Mission

Sexual Empowerment and Awareness at Tennessee (SEAT) strives to foster a comprehensive and academically-informed conversation about sex, sexuality, and relationships with the purpose of educating the University of Tennessee student body and the Knoxville community through innovative, collaborative, and entertaining programming and events.

Invitation

We are the co-chairs of Sexual Empowerment and Awareness at Tennessee (SEAT), the student organization that plans Sex Week. Sex Week is an annual event in the spring semester at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, but we hope to expand our organization to have a year-round presence. We would like to present our plans for Sex Week 2015 as well as our mission and goals as an organization.

History

The first Sex Week was held at Yale University in 2002, and Harvard, Brown, and other prestigious universities quickly adopted the tradition. Ten years later, the Issues Committee of the Central Programming Council brought Megan Andelloux, a prominent sexologist, to speak to Tennessee students on topics of sexuality. After an extremely warm reception, two UT students decided to collaborate to expand and bring Sex Week to the University of Tennessee, making our school one of the first ten universities in the country to host a Sex Week.

The two co-founders felt strongly about bringing this program to the University of Tennessee and the state of Tennessee because of the need for more openness and justice around these issues, in addition to the fact that opportunities to discuss these topics are rare. Appreciating the diversity and unity of the human experience entails understanding the range of sexual and gender identities we hold and express, and how these are shaped by culture, politics, religion, the environment, and even the economy. College is about education and thoughtful discussion, and that includes important topics like sex and sexuality.

SEAT's First Annual Sex Week in 2013 was successful with 4,000 attendees. We received quite a bit of media attention after losing two-thirds of our funding two and a half weeks before the event. This decision was made by UT administrators in reaction to upset state legislators. SEAT was able to privately fundraise the lost funding in 36 hours with the public's help and went on to host a very successful event.

Core Values

Awards and Recognitions