Body Positive Peer Health Advocates

Hannah Kupferschmid

Body Project Coordinator

Fourth Year
Major: Global Studies with Statistics Minor

"The Body Project has been an amazing way for me to support my peers and provide them with the encouragement and insight that I wish I’d been exposed to in high school. I’m proud to be a part of such a positive and supportive group, and I’m excited to continue teaching people about the importance of body positivity and self-love!"


Madeline Birmingham

PHA

Fourth Year

Major: Gender and Sexuality Studies with Biology & Chemistry Minors

"I joined Body Positive because, in my fourth year, I am finally in a place to healthily give back to the greater UChicago community. The PHAs have been a valuable part of my experience at the university, and I wanted to engage more with health and self-image on campus."


Trinity Campagna

PHA

Second Year

Major: Molecular Engineering

"I joined Body Positive because it is so important to be able to be comfortable in your own skin. This program is such a great platform to provide information and facilitate discussions about health and self image in a world that isn’t always very kind. I am so excited to continue my own journey to self love while being able to provide support and resources for all of my peers."


Jade Cool

Fourth Year
Major: Psychology

"As a trans person, I know that body image issues often come at the intersection of several identities, and it's important to me that these identities are represented in the body positive movement. I joined the Body Project because I want to be as active as possible in promoting body positivity and bring awareness to my peers about resources that can help them along their own path to body positivity."


Ayushi Hegde

PHA

Second Year

Majors: Biological Sciences and French

"I joined Body Positive because I believe that having a positive relationship with our body is so important, yet so under-discussed; we all have bodies, but there’s a certain amount of stigma and shame tied to eating disorders, negative body image and body positivity as a movement. As a Peer Health Advocate, I’m excited to be part of a group working to reframe that conversation. I hope to educate others on this campus on the importance of self-care and self-acceptance — to encourage others to think or talk more openly about their relationships with their bodies without fear of judgement."


Natasha Joseph

PHA

Third Year

Major: Computational and Applied Mathematics

"Being body positive is very important to me because I believe that everyone should feel comfortable in their own skin without feeling shame under societal pressures. Joining the Body Positive has given me the opportunity to learn more about these topics in order to help my peers and myself, which is an invaluable experience for me."


Jeen Kim

PHA

Fourth Year

Major: Public Policy with Minor in Visual Arts

"I joined Body Positive because I realized how important it was to have access to resources to have a healthy dialogue about our bodies. As a person who has recovered from an eating disorder, I can’t help but look back at all the times I struggled to be on the path to recovery since I didn’t have anyone I felt comfortable talking to about it nor did I have any resources to learn more about my struggles. But by being a Peer Health Advocate, I want to be part of the change on campus to normalize this conversation so that other students will feel supported by our group and feel confident about embracing the unique and beautiful bodies they were born with."


Sinduri Soundararajan

PHA

First Year

Majors: Public Policy + Environmental and Urban Studies

"While societal norms, narrow representations in media, and inaccurate perceptions of health make it difficult to reach a place of full acceptance and peace with one’s body, I hope to continue my own journey towards body positivity while empowering others to join me through The Body Positive PHA program. I am eager to be involved with and expand an incredible community of students that challenge existing obstacles by starting inclusive and perceptive conversations."


Jadelynn Zhang

Third Year

Major: Sociology

"I joined Body Positive PHAs because it’s important to provide information about the body positivity movement and engage the college community in discussions about body image, self-care and the social standards that are imposed on us. I’m excited to be involved in a community that is passionate about promoting the many facets of health and wellness while being conscious and inclusive of differences in race, sexuality, gender, and ability."


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