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Wellness Center

Questions?

  • Wellness Center
    202-885-3276
    wellnesscenter@american.edu
    McCabe Hall, Room 123

    Espinosa, Michelle
    Associate Dean of Students

Mailing Address

The Sorority Body Project

Peer Education Programs

The Sorority Body Project (formerly known as Reflections: Body Image Program) is an evidence-based peer led body image education and eating disorder prevention program. It was designed in collaboration with an international sorority, Delta Delta Delta, and focuses on the unique needs of and relationships between sorority sisters. The program works to improve body image issues, encourage healthy confrontation and communication skills, and resist the unrealistic, ultrathin ideal standard of female beauty that is prevalent in today's society. The Sorority Body Project is implemented among sorority members in two two-hour sessions using highly interactive, peer-led, small groups. The program does not focus on eating disorders. Instead, it emphasizes creating and re-affirming a positive and healthy personal body image through a variety of structured discussions, activities, and exercises. By doing so, participants learn to embrace the healthy ideal, reduce their own body dissatisfaction, decrease "fat talk" in their daily life and recognize all of the wonderful non-appearance related aspects of themselves and others.