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April 18, 2017

There are over 2 million images posted and stories shared on Instagram under “#bodypositive.” You can find articles on BuzzFeed like, “23 Body-Positive Tips That Aren’t Garbage” or “19 of the Most Totally Awesome Body-Shaming Clap Backs of 2015.” Celebrities and models like

October 06, 2016

Hannah Trible, Co-Coordinator of the Body Positive program, represented the Women's Center last week at the 2016 National Eating Disorders Association Conference in Chicago. Our Body Positive Coordinator attends the NEDA Conference each year to improve our knowledge of the innovative programs, tools, and techniques available to promote prevention and raise awareness about eating disorders. We were excited to send Hannah to Chicago and anxious to hear about her experience at the conference.

May 27, 2016

Laura Widener is a veteran intern here at the Women's Center. We first met Laura in 2014 when she joined us as a Marketing and Communications intern and were lucky enough to have her return this year as a Body Positive intern. Ask any staff member in the Center about Laura and they will inevitably smile. Laura brings kindness and patience to everything she takes part in, continuously offering a helping hand with programs and events beyond her own intern team.

May 02, 2016

IMG_2520The Abidin Awards were established in honor of Dr. Richard R. Abidin Jr., retired Curry School faculty member and former Director of Programs in Clinical and School Psychology. Last week, our Body Positive Coordinator, Nora Arkin, was awarded the Abidin Award for Excellence in Research.

December 09, 2015

Perfect Illusions, an open-mic style event hosted by the UVA Coalition on Eating Disorders and Exercise Concerns, aims to break the silence surrounding body image and eating disorders. The students, counselors, medical and athletics professionals who make up the coalition provide this event each year to support students in recovery and to raise awareness of the prevalence of eating and exercise concerns on Grounds.

October 30, 2015

Last Friday, October 23, our Body Positive Program welcomed interns, staff, and community members to the Women’s Center for the annual Mother-Daughter Brunch. Guests were encouraged to bring their mothers, sisters, aunts, friends, anyone who may have an important role in or influence on their lives. Over coffee and muffins, our Body Positive team engaged guests in a discussion about body positivity and the resources available for students here at the Women’s Center.

October 28, 2015

Get to know Body Positive intern, Madison Baril!

Year: Second
Major: Pre-Commerce track with a minor in WGS
Hometown: Chesapeake Virginia

October 12, 2015

Our very own Body Positive Coordinator, Nora Arkin, and Senior Body Positive Intern, Tricia O'Donnell traveled to San Diego for the 2015 NEDA Conference, where they expanded their knowledge of eating disorders treatment, support, and prevention. They even got to meet Jennifer Siebel Newsom, director, writer, and producer of the documentaries, "Miss Representation" and "The Mask You Live In".

September 16, 2015

Get to know senior Body Positive intern and Volunteer Corps Coordinator, Tricia O'Donnell!

Year: 3rd
Major: Media Studies and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Hometown: Stevens Point, WI

September 01, 2015

We are excited to introduce another new member of the Women’s Center team, Nora Arkin!