Fried Talks Leadership, Love, and Life with Presidential Leadership Academy Students

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania — Scott Fried lives in New York City, but for much of the year he is on college campuses across the country speaking to students about HIV and AIDS education, responsibility and sexual consent, alcohol and drug abuse, coming out, body issues, and a number of other topics. He is captivated by the dual sense of anxiety and excitement he encounters in the demographic age.

“There’s this interesting mix of ‘I can do whatever I want, but I’m kind of freaked out about it,'” Fried said. “‘I have my whole future ahead of me, and I’m vulnerable.'”

Fried shared his “AIDS, Love and Meaning of Life” program Tuesday night at the HUB-Robeson Center, co-sponsored by the Presidential Leadership Academy, the Penn State LGTBQA Student Resource Center, the Penn State Gender Equity Center and the AIDS Resource. Center. Earlier in the day, he met with several students from the Presidential Leadership Academy and encouraged them to empower others through “teachable moments.”

“What we need in leaders is emotional intelligence, the ability to see in others what they don’t see in themselves and take it away from them,” he said. “It’s not being the responsible person. It’s being the person who helps others find their own power.

Fried, who contracted HIV over 30 years ago, has spoken at over 1,000 colleges/universities and other venues. It strives to educate students about current medical treatments for HIV and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, as well as ensuring that students are “taking care of themselves.” He is an adjunct professor at Colby College, where he teaches a course originally called “A Multidisciplinary Approach to HIV and AIDS” before a student urged him to change it to “AIDS, Love and the Meaning of Life”. .

Kevin E. Boling