Body Project

Body Project

The Body Project is a unique body-acceptance program designed to help young women resist cultural pressures to conform to the appearance ideal standard of female beauty and reduce their pursuit of this unrealistic idea.

Peer Facilitator Opportunities

Trained peer leaders facilitate conversations related to personal experiences with body image, discuss how culture and society impact the way you feel about your own body, and challenge “fat talk” while learning how to respond. The Body Project is not a support group for those with disordered eating concerns, but rather a space to learn about positive body image and to feel empowered and confident in your own skin!

The Body Project is supported by more research than any other body image program and has been found to reduce:

  • Appearance ideal internalization
  • Body dissatisfaction
  • Negative mood
  • Unhealthy dieting
  • Eating disorder symptoms

Application Deadline

The facilitator application is now closed.

Recruitment Timeline

Date Activity Description
August 1, 2018 Application Opens
August 22, 2018 Application Closes
August 27 - 31, 2018 Interviews
September 5, 2018 Applicants notified
9/14/2018 Mandatory Training at Harlingen campus (9:00 am – 4:30 pm)
9/15/2018 Mandatory Training at Harlingen campus (9:00 am – 4:30 pm)
9/21/2018 Mandatory Training at residing campus (12:30 pm – 4:30 pm)

Contact Information

Edinburg Campus

Name Email Phone
Valerie Rivera valerie.rivera@utrgv.edu 956-665-2574
Elvia Avitia elvia.avitia01@utrgv.edu 956-665-2574

Brownsville Campus 

Name Email Phone
Maria Alejandra Mazariegos maria.mazariegos@utrgv.edu 956-882-3897