The Student Wellness and Development Center (SWDC) of SMU was established in 2006 as part of the University’s responsibility for responding to the needs of the community. SWDC offers SMU students and staff such services as guidance and counseling, free internet access, and print and photo copy services.

Objectives of SWDU
SWDU exerts its utmost effort to:

  • Minimize the spread of HIV/AIDS through a series of awareness creation programs among the students as well as the entire community of SMU;
  • Minimize stigma and discrimination against people who live with the virus;
  • Encourage students to involve in different community support activities like visiting and helping people living with HIV/AIDS; and
  • Conduct research on HIV related issues.
  • Collecting various research works carried out elsewhere on HIV/AIDS and making them available for use at the Center;
  • Collecting Electronic Materials (CD-ROMs and downloaded materials) about HIV/AIDS and making them available for use;
  • Giving internet services to students so as to keep them well informed about the global development of the spread, prevention, and control of the HIV/AIDS pandemic;
  • Offering edutainment services including films which would update the awareness of the youth on various issues related to the spread, prevention & control of HIV/AIDS;
  • Encouraging students to have the culture of Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT);
  • Creating an inter-collegiate information exchange network and mainstreaming program; and
  • Preparing brochures and newsletters that inform and educate the student community.
  • Facilitating forums that enable people living with the virus to share their life experience with the community of SMU and thereby help the audience gain practical knowledge; and
  • Organizing workshops, seminars and symposia to fight against stigma & discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS.

Strategies
In a bid to achieve the aforementioned objectives, SWDC makes use of a variety of strategies out of which the following three are the major ones:

Increasing access to information so that students and other members of SMU community become fully aware of the virus along with the ways of its transmission and controlling mechanisms. Accordingly, the following activities are believed to play a major role in increasing the community’s access to information;