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Body Language LLC

Redefining Body Image and Self in Society

The Body Language Living and Learning Community (LLC) allows students to consider issues related to body image and women’s/gender studies.

Students will be guided to find their purpose within the campus community by:

  • connecting with student organizations like the Body Image Coalition and Active Minds
  • engaging within their selected major
  • developing leadership skills that will allow them to become advocates for health and wellness

The Body Language LLC provides a dynamic, rich experience both in and outside of the classroom.

Complementing courses in Psychology, Social Work, English, Engagements with the Common Good, and College Success, students will have the opportunity to explore museums, take day trips, and experience guest speakers.

Body Language LLC members will enjoy private film screenings at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute to study unrealistic images of beauty and body in culture.

As an active member of the Body Language LLC, students will:

  • deepen their appreciation of how the media has psychologically impacted our perceptions of our bodies
  • identify their goals for their four years at Cabrini University and seek to declare a major
  • develop written and oral communication skills that will serve them throughout college and beyond
  • collaborate with faculty members, a “master learner” upperclass student, and community leaders
  • live with a group of students who are collectively engaged in learning both inside and outside of the classroom through linked classes, exciting immersion trips, guest speakers, and integrated technology

The culmination of the Body Language LLC will be an Academic Symposium in the spring, in which LLC members will present their research in a scholarly forum open to administration, faculty, parents, and other students.

Preparing for this symposium will allow students to find their voice within the academic arena and provide them with public speaking and communication skills that are crucial to success in any career.

In the Body Language LLC, students will examine the formation of identity, beauty and icons, family, education, race, class, gender, and individual opportunity as it relates to people’s ability to name and achieve their dreams.

For more information, contact Dr. Richie Gebauer at 610.902.8592 or gebauer@cabrini.edu.

Faculty Director:

  • Michelle Filling-Brown, PhD, Associate Professor of English

Faculty Fellow:

  • Maya Gordon, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology

Student Fellows:

  • Natasha Hill, Student Fellow In-Residence
  • Olivia Blankenbiller, Student Fellow in COL101 and ENG253

Fall Semester Courses:

  • COL 101 - College Success Seminar
  • ENG 253 - Bodies of Literature: Women’s Studies

Spring Semester Courses:

  • PSY 280 - Media Influences and Psychological Development
  • ECG 100 - Engagements with the Common Good: Bodies in the News

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