Body Project @ The Claremont Colleges
Celebrating body diversity and positive body image across the Claremont Colleges community
What is the Body Project?
- The Body Project is a research-based workshop that provides a forum for young woman-identifying people* who have internalized the beauty-ideal to critique it in verbal, written, and behavioral exercises.
- Trained student facilitators lead Body Project workshops for groups of six to twelve students for two two-hour workshops, usually held about a week apart.
*The Body Project is best suited for woman- identified students. Researchers found that the group, in its current configuration, does not work as well when co-ed. There is a new group in development by the Body Project Collaborative to include non-female-identified individuals, and we will update the training once it becomes available.
What are the objectives of the Body Project?
- Define the “beauty” ideal and explore its origin
- Examine the costs of pursuing this ideal
- Explore ways to resist pressures to conform to unrealistic standards of beauty
- Discuss how to challenge personal body-related concerns
- Learn new ways to talk more positively about our bodies
- Talk about how we can best respond to future pressures to conform to societal standards of beauty
To request a Body Project workshop on your campus, please fill out the Body Project @ The Claremont Colleges Request Form.
Please feel free to contact the following staff/faculty members that serve as advisors to the BPCC:
Alex Washburn, Coordinator of Health Education Outreach
Andrea Mozqueda, Assistant Director, Student Affairs and Disability Coordinator, Keck Graduate Institute
Cindy Chu, Family Nurse Practitioner, Student Health Services
Dana Reyes, Senior Staff Psychologist, Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services
Jess Nielson, Assistant Dean for Mental Health and Case Management, Claremont McKenna College