What does body positivity mean to you? We suggest that body positivity should be radical acceptance and inclusion – loving the skin you are in regardless of its size, shape, color, age, or ability. Join us for a panel of body positivity activists and professionals to discuss how to broaden our definition of beauty and health to embrace diversity – including perspectives on race, gender identity, hair type, and body shape. We will discuss how diverse representation in media, government, and our everyday lives expands and shifts our understanding of beauty. Challenge your idea of what “perfect” looks like and celebrate all facets of your identity, because body positivity, acceptance, and inclusion work together.
Reframing the Conversation is a monthly hybrid series. Attendees can join in person at the Hinckley Caucus Room (GC 2018) or virtually on the Reframing the Conversation webpage.
T Anthony (They/Them | She/Her) is a non-binary, transfeminine individual passionate about enabling people to discover their authenticity through self-compassion, curiosity, and making love to discomfort. They are currently a senior in the College of Fine Arts majoring in Musical Theatre and are privileged to serve as the collective representative for the Department of Theatre SAC. She believes everyone is entitled to loving their body and discovering what “healthy” feels like for them in a world cluttered with diet culture that places stipulations on what looks desirable or is acceptable, especially for feminine-centered folks. She is an energetic, grounded, and compassionate soul looking to spread love and light in this life’s incarnation. She is enthusiastic about poetry, fashion, spirituality, and her plant children! She’s a certified yoga instructor, energy healer, and zealous freeform dancer.
Alyssha Dairsow-Garfield is a visionary and builder doing vital work for black girls and young women in an unlikely place: Utah. Her non-profit organization, Curly Me! is on a mission to educate, empower and encourage girls from 5-14 years old to be their best selves through community events and mentoring. She began developing and hosting events such as Change the World with Her – where participants get in-person access to professionals like pilots, city planners, and news anchors to learn about different careers and ask questions. Other events, like High Tea with a Twist allow girls to wear their hair in twist-outs or plaits, get dressed up and be girly. Today the organization continues to be a valuable resource for young black girls and their families, throughout the state. Outside of the organization, Alyssha enjoys being newlyweds with her husband Meligha, working a day job, karaoke, and meeting new people.
Dr. Francis is an inpatient Psychiatrist at the University of Utah. She is board certified in both Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. She has an interest in working with patients with eating disorders.
Kelsie Jepsen (she/her/hers) is a Body Acceptance Coach who helps those who struggle with negative body image to dismantle fatphobia and love themselves through radical mindset change and body acceptance. Kelsie is also a professional actor (AEA), director, and educator. She has worked professionally for over 15 years and holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Utah ATP Program. She has also lived and worked in Minneapolis, where her passion for education was ignited at the Tony-award winning Children’s Theater Company and in NYC where she served as a Program Director and Educator with The Shakespeare Forum. Kelsie is an activist who is committed to serving oppressed, marginalized, and underserved communities with the mission to dismantle systems of body oppression. She aims to build community and empower those around her to build self-esteem, develop their voice, live in their truth, and participate fully in their lives.
Dr. Lexie Kite and her identical twin, Dr. Lindsay Kite, are co-authors of the book “More Than a Body: Your Body Is an Instrument, Not an Ornament” (2020, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and co-directors of the nonprofit Beauty Redefined. They both received PhDs from the University of Utah in the study of female body image and have become leading experts in body image resilience and media literacy. Authors of numerous studies and books have cited their original research and they have been featured in a variety of national media outlets, including The New York Times, The Dr. Phil Show, Vanity Fair, the Washington Post, and more. Lindsay and Lexie help girls and women recognize and reject the harmful effects of objectification in their lives through their significant social media reach, online Body Image Resilience course, speaking events, and their popular book, “More Than a Body.”
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion strives to contribute to an ecosystem of learning by hosting annual and monthly events aiming to educate all its participants on varying aspects of experience and identity. Reframing the Conversation brings together experts from across campus and the community to spark important conversations around racism, othering, and safety.
While continuing to identify and remove barriers and bias incidents targeting our campus community, persistent strides towards an institution where every member is given the opportunity to be educated on equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts will remain at the forefront of our work.
This event is part of Women’s Week (March 14 – 18).
Women’s Week is an annual, weeklong event focused on gendered issues and challenges faced in today’s socioeconomic and political climate, intersectionality, and cultural movements. This year’s theme, “Shift. Strive. Thrive,” will validate and acknowledge the struggles we have been experiencing over the past two years and explore the ways we are shifting, striving, and thriving to become stronger as we emerge to a new future.