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Headshot of Haley with foliage in background

Class Year: 2024

Major: English

Hometown: Nashville, TN

Program: Body Positive

1. What brought you to the Women's Center?

I became a member of the body positive team driven by a passion to positively impact the body image of college students. Recognizing college as a pivotal period fraught with change and stress, I observed how this pressure often manifests in students mistreating their bodies. Leveraging my expertise honed through prior marketing work, I am eager to contribute to research and community outreach efforts, utilizing my skills to promote body positivity and foster a supportive environment on-grounds.

2. What is your favorite memory of UVA so far?

My favorite memory at UVA was actually on my second day of class, when I was certain I'd made a huge mistake coming here and had called NYU to ask if I could still attend for the fall semester. I went to office hours with a graduate student professor who seemed cool, and it turned out that we went to high school together! (I worked for six years before coming to college.)

3. Who is a woman that inspires you?

I love the video essayist ContraPoints. She brings together writing, aesthetics, philosophy, theatre, and comedy in the MOST incredible way.

4. What is one thing you do after a stressful day?

Call my boyfriend <3

5. How does your work at the Women's Center motivate you?

I'm older than most of my peers, so my perspective is usually quite different than theirs. I see a younger version of myself in a lot of my fellow students, and I hope that through sharing my experiences, I can help them avoid some of the pitfalls that accompanied my late teens and early twenties.

6. What is a podcast/TV show/book, etc. that's grabbed your attention recently?