Loyola University Chicago

Wellness Center

Meet the Peer Leaders

‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌The Body Project workshops are run by a group of female Loyola students who were trained on how to effectively facilitate the program. These students are leaders on campus and are involved in a variety of activities such as Greek Life and the Wellness Advocates. Typically, a workshop will be led by two to three peer leaders. These students are passionate about eating disorder prevention and the promotion of positive body image. See below to learn more about our awesome student leaders and why they support the mission of the Body Project.

Body Project Facilitators

I believe body confidence is one of the hardest aspects about being a woman, but I also believe it is one of the most impactful ways that women can empower one another. I joined the body project to be a part of something that I feel passionate towards moving myself to grow through, while also helping others to do the same. The body project is truly a movement towards creating healthy conversations about body image, breaking down unrealistic expectations of society, and overall empowering one another. I have grown and learned a lot since joining, and I am excited to continue my journey.

I am a rising Junior studying biology as well as an aspiring physician. I am extremely passionate about health and wellness education, environmental sustainability, orchestral music, and dogs. I joined the Body Project because of my interest in wellness education in addition to my personal struggle with body appreciation and self acceptance. College, being a critical time of personal growth and identity development, can be difficult to maneuver considering the immense academic and societal pressures. I am looking forward to having these important conversations and dismantling body ideals with my peers!

I joined the Body Project because I want to become a better resource to help my friends, and myself, practice body positivity. I know so many girls who have struggled with body image since as young as middle school because they don’t have the “ideal body type” as determined by the media. While society is starting to be more inclusive of all body types, those toxic thoughts about one’s self image can be nearly impossible to shake. However, I believe the Body Project can cut through those toxic thoughts. The Body Project can help inspire confidence and empower women to embrace their beauty no matter the size and shape of their body. It can start the conversation about body positivity, and I can’t wait to be a part of that conversation.

Throughout my life, I myself struggle with body positivity and body image. I always figured that there was something wrong with the way I looked, but what actually wrong was the way society has imprinted its unrealistic and strict beauty standards on us women. I knew I wanted to be a part of the Body Project because the opportunity to comfortably make conversations and connections in order to support other women in my community while contemplating and coming to terms with my own perfectionism. As an Asian American girl, I am subjected to a normalized diet culture that idolized skinny women. As a first generation college student studying psychology and neuroscience on the premed track, I am subjected to so much stress that consumes a lot of my time and energy. However, I won't be subjected to other people's and my own judgments on how to look and I hope to spread this mindset to everyone. We should spend our precious time and energy reflecting ourselves rather than the reflection in the mirror.

I am currently a freshman at Loyola, and I wanted to be a peer leader for The Body Project because I know how influential and important a positive mindset about body image can be. Through personal struggles and talking with women, it is apparent the damage that society, social media, and engrained body ideals have on women through all stages of life. I am absolutely elated to be a part of a group of young women that are combating those ideals and norms with science-based workshops and open conversations. I am here for anyone struggling with body image related issues and I hope that along with the other peer leaders, we can make a positive impact on how you think and talk about yourself in college and after you leave Loyola.

I grew up surrounded by women and saw how hard it is to liberate ourselves from all of the unrealistic body expectations. I joined The Body Project because I believe that we should all feel free and comfortable in our own bodies. I think that accepting and appreciating your body is one of the most important things women can do because at the end of the day, our bodies allow us to do incredible things. I am certain that being a member of The Body Project will help me in my path to becoming a better version of myself and to help others on their route towards self-love and appreciation.