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 decided to become a peer leader because I have seen the negative consequences the thin ideal has led to first hand.  It’s heart breaking when you see a beautiful women determine her worth based on the size of her body.  That is exactly why the Body Project is so important, especially for college campuses.  I myself participated in the Body Project last year and experienced the positivity it spread within us as a group of women.  The project strips away the lies the media tells women and leads them to a place of authenticity where they can begin to learn to appreciate their bodies.  I cannot wait to see the continued positivity it brings to Loyola’s campus. 

I joined the Body Project because I am tired of hearing these unrealistic physical expectations that can define a woman's worth in today's society. I want to encourage a healthy and happy lifestyle among the female population and the Body Project is a great way for me to promote that. The Body Project gives me a platform to express such great things about females physically and non-physical and it allows others to see how amazing they truly  are.

I became a facilitator for the Body Project because I felt it posed a unique opportunity to connect and empower other women at Loyola. The pressures that surround girls and women to achieve the "perfect body" hold them back significantly in finding joy in their lives. This movement gives me hope that by speaking out about our individual insecurities, we can form a generation of connected, confident women who learn how to support each other, but more importantly, how to love and cherish their own bodies.

I chose to apply to be a body project facilitator because I want to be able to assist women with becoming comfortable with their bodies. I know this was something I struggled with for years to get to where I stand with my body today. Although I went through this process alone, I wish I went through it with someone else. In this time and era, I find its so important to support each other, and help each other realize what your body is; something beautiful and purposeful.

The Body Project is important to me because it provides a space for action to take place in shutting down what's expected of women. I think it's especially necessary for college aged women to support one another in this fight for body positivity.

I have joined the Body Project because far too many women and girls struggle with body image and self-esteem issues every single day. As a peer facilitator, I will be able to assist those women in finding peace with their bodies and lives. The Body Project is such a great opportunity to encourage a healthy discussion of eating disorders and other body image issues. It is so unbelievably important to me that every woman that participates in our sessions realizes that her worth and value are not based on looks or the opinions of society.

I decided to become a peer facilitator because I want to promote healthy and positive body talk. The Body Project provides women with the opportunity to safely discuss their experiences with the "thin ideal" and its impact on their daily lives. In training, I felt comforted by the fact that my peers have endured the same pressure to conform to unrealistic expectations of modern media and society. I believe that The Body Project creates dialogue which can have overarching benefits to women, especially on college campuses."