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Body Positive

body positive interns and staff

Interns with the Body Positive team are passionate about creating a Body Positive culture on Grounds and are interested in issues related to diverse social identities, intersectionality, and inclusivity in connection with body image. We are invested in having a diverse group of students involved in this program and iwe encourage students of all genders to apply.

Browse the Related Events and From the Blog items linked on this page to see examples of who's involved with this team and what they do. 

The Body Project

Too often, unhealthy body image interferes with college students' well-being and their success in school and in life. The center's Body Positive team offers sessions of the Body Project to groups of students to help promote a healthy, body positive mindset at UVA and to prevent negative attidudes and eating and exercise behaviors. 

The Body Project brings a group of students together for a series of activities and discussions through which they explore their own assumptions and consider how appearance ideals affect us all. Participants attend two sessions of two hours each to complete the Body Project. Individuals looking to join sessions of the Body Project that we have scheduled can check our calendar. If you are interested in scheduling sessions of the Body Project for a group, please contact us. 

Research on the Body Project Conducted at the Women's Center

During the spring semester of 2016, Clinical Psychology PhD candidate Nora Arkin conducted surveys and interviews to evaluate the effectiveness of the Body Project. The findings from her research verify the Body Project’s positive impact on undergraduate women at UVA. Read more about Nora's research on our blog