H.I.P.S. holds weekly meeetings at each chapter with members to organize events and discuss society’s impact on body image. Members work together to examine media influences and find healthy and productive ways of coping and healing. H.I.P.S. also presents educational seminars for both parents, educators, and youth on media literacy and body-positive social action. In addition, H.I.P.S. holds wellness workshops on mental health, body positivity, and many other self-image related topics.
The mission of H.I.P.S. is to help all people foster positive self-image and educate our community about the necessity of positive body image. H.I.P.S. creates spaces where community members are able to explore self-image and body image, critically examine society’s beauty standards, and advocate for body positivity in their community and the world. Together with you we aim to create innovative techniques for decreasing the negative impacts of popular media and the beauty industry in order to help prevent related mental illnesses for future generations and heal the wounds of our own generation as well.
H.I.P.S. organizes and holds fundraising events for organizations such as the National Eating Disorder Association and the Manna Scholarship Fund. Events range from yoga classes to spoken word performances and are inclusive, open, and safe places to celebrate diverse bodies and identities. H.I.P.S. aims to create social change by influencing members' views of their own bodies and selves and by taking social action through art, social media, media literacy, eduaction, and advocacy.
Some of HIPS' executive board members at Skidmore College
Sonya Renee, The Body is Not an Apology
HIPS at Consent Fest
Scale Smashing Event