Part of the Body-Peace Corps role on campus is to facilitate conversations with student groups about body image and self esteem. A variety of topics are covered such as personal body image pet peeves, the role of the media, and how to challenge negative or discriminating talk. Participation is voluntary and some people are really just there to listen, and others, to fully express themselves.
Prior to conducting a facilitation, we are often asked whether people will actually participate in this kind of exercise and the answer is absolutely, yes! In fact, we have been approached by several students on campus who expressed how important they feel this topic is within our campus community. Many of them discussed how difficult it is to live with other students who are obsessing over food and weight issues, and how the energy can often feel toxic and contagious. Students tell us that they want support on their personal journey to loving and nurturing their body and they want to be part of bringing this movement to their campus community.
So we ask, "Why do we shy away from the topic of body image and self esteem? Why do we avoid conversations about it?" We have seen first-hand that talking about our feelings about the pressures we feel to attain a physical ideal and our daily experiences and struggles can be extremely therapeutic. Often, by the end of a facilitation session, participants realize that there is a lot they can do to bring peace to their own relationship with their body and help create a campus environment that is inclusive for every body!.
Invite the Body-Peace Corps to come facilitate a dialogue with your group. We'd love to get to know you, what your organization is about, and spark a conversation that is all too often ignored. Whether you live in the residence halls, are a part of Greek Life, participate on a team, or work with an academic group, we can tailor a workshop that fits your ideal concerns and needs.