Ball State's Panhellenic Council received a $5,000 Confidence U grant through the Kappa Delta Confidence Coalition. The grant will be used to spread messages of body positivity and mental health awareness. confidencecoalition.org // Photo Courtesy
Panhellenic Council receives grant for body positivity initiative
In order to support their Know Your Body November initiative, Ball State’s Panhellenic Council applied for and received the Confidence U grant through the Kappa Delta Confidence Coalition.
Now, Jillian Fledderman, vice president of membership development for the Ball State Panhellenic Council, is in charge of the $5,000 grant, dedicated to spreading messages of body positivity and mental health awareness.
Fledderman, a junior interpersonal communication major, said she wanted to expand on Beauty Awareness Week, which promotes women's confidence about their bodies and inner beauty.
Know Your Body November events
Week 1: My Body is Beautiful
No Makeup Challenge: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 31 (Atrium) and Nov. 1 (Scramble Light)
Zumba: 7 p.m. Nov. 1 in the L.A. Pittenger Student Center Ballroom
Well-oween: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Jo Ann Gora Recreation and Wellness Center
Week 2: My Mind is Beautiful
Coffee and Canvas: 7 p.m. Nov. 7 in Student Center Room 130
Ross Szabo, Mental Health Speaker: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Student Center Cardinal Hall
Alpha Gamma Delta DiaBEATes 5K: 9 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. race start Nov. 14 at the David Owsley Museum of Art
Week 3: Everyone is Beautiful
Erasing the Stigma of Mental Health: 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in Student Center Room 310A
Letting Go of Insecurities Confidence Coalition: 3 p.m. Nov. 16 at Hazelwood Church
Volunteer at YWCA: 9 a.m. Nov. 17 at the YWCA
Week 4: I am Beautiful
Sign the Pledge: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 21 and 28 in the Atrium
Yoga and Relaxation Night: 7 p.m. Nov. 29 in the Student Center Ballroom
“I wanted to expand that because I feel it’s a topic not covered a lot,” Fledderman said. “It deserved more time. The grant was the perfect grant to apply for because it’s about creating programs for confidence-building programs.”
Specifically, money from the grant will go toward promotional material and events, including a speaker the council plans to bring to campus to talk about mental health. Other organizations, such as the Student Government Association, Kappa Delta and CHARRG are taking part and sponsoring events, as well.
Know Your Body November is divided into four weeks, each with its own theme. Themes are “My Body is Beautiful,” “My Mind is Beautiful,” “Everyone is Beautiful” and “I am Beautiful.” Each theme, Fledderman said, represents an important part of the overall conversation the council hopes to have with fellow students.
“I’m very passionate about balance,” she said. “Other areas on campus are lacking education, like mental health. It’s just a way to focus on different areas throughout the month.”
The first event will be the No Makeup Challenge in the Atrium Oct. 31.