Anonymous said: Hello all, I'm already part of the 2018 ganga, and am wondering if there is any kind of AAA like eating disorder related group in place. I've always struggled with my image, as do roughly 80 percent of women on average, and have no problem talking about it. Is Bennington aware of this problem, or more importantly, are they trying to help and talk to those in the student body who have similar disorders? Thankyou lots!
What a great question — coming from LA, I was raised under the (fairly subconscious) impression that beautiful = skinny….until I got to Bennington and realized I was being force fed (oh ho ho) a bunch of crap. In fact, my creative thesis at Bennington concerns itself greatly with eating disorders, so I end up talking to a lot of people on campus about body image/self image. We don’t necessarily have an official “support group” per se, but one of the defining factors of the Bennington social experience is the ability to actually “go there” about anything…truly anything…we *want* to have those conversations. So please come and talk up a storm…it’s so important that we create a space where these issues can be voiced. It’s up to us to reclaim our pride in our bodies and feel beautiful :)
— Parke ‘15
I just wanted to add that there are resources and support on campus currently with continued events and programming sponsored by the Bennington Wellness (BeWell) group on campus. If you need anything, have questions, or want to see something happen as far as events and program goes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bennington College Wellness Peers (myself and three other students which continues to grow) welcome your questions and suggestions for programming, speakers, and services you’d like to see on campus. The Wellness Peers serve as wellness liaisons, referring and connecting students and administration. Again, just please email email@example.com with your input.
Over her last Field Work Term at Bennington, Corina Dazel worked with her dream company in D.C. You can read more about her adventures here. She is the co-founder of Movement Collective, a movement arts engagement group on campus. Her other half talks a bit about a plan in dance at Bennington which you should read about too! Lastly, you should check out this amazing video that some lovely folks of the Movement Collective Ensemble put together last term!