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Courageous Conversations 

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By: Paula Scott, Lion’s Eye Editor, pms5152@psu.edu

On February 12 students gathered in the Lion’s Den to get a sweet tooth fix while talking about a hot topic. Sociology and psychology Professor, Erin Kelly, discussed with students the importance of courageous conversations while students snacked on cupcakes and other treats from the
candy bar. Erin spoke about the uneasyness people feel when discussing sex related topics because “someone made it taboo.”
“There are more positive consequences if you talk about sex openly,” she said.
Having conversations with those you are intimate with, friends, peers, and people you trust, is so important. One of the main reasons she mentioned that it is essential to engage in courageous conversations, especially with your partner, is so that you are both on the same page and that you develop a feeling of safety.
Erin opened the floor to students to ask questions and encouraged students to actively participate in courageous communication. Although hesitant, she persuaded some to speak out and passed around index cards for everyone to write an anonymous question.
Students didn’t leave empty handed; a candy and condom bar was open to students to fill a goodie bag to take home.

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