Living as a minority can be hard — living with AIDS is even harder.
But Andrew Jolivette, an associate professor and department head in American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University, said colleges can help eradicate stigmas by offering more programs and organizations addressing AIDS.
Jolivette said the UI could help prevent stigma and increase HIV testing by adding more courses related to HIV/AIDS and ethnic issues and increasing the diversity of the staff and student population.
"It's important we get more exposed. I think the coursework — having more classes — expands perspectives and makes students better able to expand or communicate critical literacy," he said. "What I mean by that is you can think about understanding all kinds of people and issues in a really critical way. More and more people don't come from backgrounds that are just one ethnic or community perspective."
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