Body Positive Brandeis Spring 2022

Meet our Staff!

Kim Ligon - Body Positive Coordinator & Facilitator

Kim Ligon(she/her/hers) is a current senior from Long Island NY, majoring in Education Studies with minors in Psychology and Hispanic Studies. Outside of Body Positive, Kim is the Waltham Group President and a Community Engagement Ambassador for Partnerships and Community Organizing through the Department of Community Service. She enjoys working with kids and does so at Lemberg Children’s Center on campus as well as substitute teaching at Plympton Elementary with hopes of one day having her very own classroom. Kim is very excited for Body Positive to be back at Brandeis because of the way it impacted her life when she began the same journey first as a group member and then as a facilitator! She was empowered by people in her past groups to truly begin her journey of self-love and she hopes she can help people begin their own journey as well. 

Maddie Herrup - Body Positive Facilitator
Maddie Herrup - Body Positive Facilitator
Maddie Herrup (she/her/hers) is a current senior from Pittsburgh, PA majoring in Anthropology and HSSP with minors in NEJS and Arabic Language. Maddie is passionate about mental health advocacy work and incorporates her training as a meditation teacher and her knowledge of Judaism and spirituality into her work with Body Positive. Maddie is president of the Alpha Pi Phi Theta Chapter at Brandeis, where her sisters encourage her to lead programming related to body acceptance and body image as a way to create community between sisters. Outside of campus activities, she works at Jewish Family and Children's Services Boston helping to run their TeenSafe program. This program teaches teens in the community about teen dating abuse, domestic violence, and provides opportunities for them to lead communal workshops on these subjects. Maddie has worked with Body Positive Brandeis since its beginning and incorporates the program's values and messages into her daily life and in her work with her peers. She believes that body acceptance and body liberation provide folks with a framework for which to more radically love their bodies, and be on a path of lifelong work towards self-love.
Charlene Duong - Body Positive Facilitator
Charlene Duong - Body Positive Facilitator
Charlene Duong (she/her/hers) is originally from Fall River, MA and is a current junior majoring in Environmental Studies. She recently declared a minor in Climate Justice, Science, and Policy and plans to also declare a minor in HSSP as she is interested in the intersection between environmental and human health. Charlene participated in a Body Positive group as a group member in the Fall of 2020 and felt so inspired by the community created, she became a facilitator the following spring because she wanted to cultivate the same kind of support and empowerment for others and is so excited for the program to return! Outside of Body Positive, Charlene is working on the Herbicide Free Brandeis campaign, serves as DPhiE's Member at Large, is a Kindness Day Coordinator, and works at the Lemberg Children's Center. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her loved ones, trying new recipes/foods, being outdoors, journaling and meditation, and is passionate about sustainability and wellness.
Mara Lurie - Body Positive Facilitator
Mara Lurie (she/her/hers) is a sophomore at Brandeis University. She is from Washington, DC. She is majoring in Psychology and double minoring in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Health, Science, Society & Policy. Besides Body Positive, Mara serves as the Vice President of Programming within her sorority, Delta Phi Epsilon, where she oversees and spearheads projects related to community service, philanthropy, and wellness. Mara has a deep appreciation for the Body Positive at Brandeis as it has allowed her to learn and grow, specifically in regards to perceiving her own body with gratitude and acceptance. She is beyond excited to be a Body Positive Ambassador!
Sabrina Salov - Body Positive Facilitator
Sabrina Salov (she/her/hers), is a first-semester senior (graduating in December 2022) with a double-major in Economics and Politics and a minor in Health: Science, society, and policy. This is my third year involved in the body positive and my second year as a group facilitator! I am really excited to revisit The Body Positive Program this year and explore new ways for engagement on campus. One of my goals for The Body Positive at Brandeis is to establish a program for the athletics department!
Margo Sobel - Body Positive Facilitator

Margo Sobel (she/her/hers) is a current senior majoring in Anthropology and Sociology, with minors in Creativity, Arts, & Social Transformation, and Social Justice & Social Policy. Outside of Body Positive, Margo is an Anthropology UDR, works at PARC as a Violence Prevention Educator, and works as a Student Interviewer in the Admissions office. She also loves to try out new restaurants, watch late-night talk show interviews on YouTube, and pet any dog in sight.

Our groups will be running for 5 weeks! 

Days/Times

  1. Tuesdays 6-7 pm EST on zoom
  2. Wednesdays 7-8 pm EST in HAWP Office (2nd floor of SCC)
  3. Thursdays 12-1 pm EST on zoom

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