The George Washington University (GW) has worked over the past several years to build partnerships within the Division of Student Affairs, student organizations, academic colleges, and student communities to address eating disorders and disordered eating challenges of students at the university. Students, staff, and faculty play a collaborative and critical role in educating students about eating disorders and the related behaviors and outcomes that affect 10 to 20 percent of women and four to 10 percent of men during their time in college.
Next week (Feb. 22nd-28th) is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. In preparation for NEDA Week 2015, GW’s Vice Provost and Dean of Student Affairs, Peter Konwerski (@GWPeterK), Colonial Health Center Mental Health Services (@GWCounselingCtr), and Students Promoting Eating Disorder Awareness, and Knowledge (@SPEAK_GW) join the Student Affairs Collaborative on 2/19 for an #SAChat engaging Student Affairs professionals across the country about these prevalent and persistent student mental health conditions.
The prevalence of eating disorders on college campuses presents challenges to Student Affairs professionals – both entry-level and seasoned – who must work with students through these complex conditions and their secondary effects. Understanding the specific needs of students affected by eating disorders and their related challenges requires an openness and willingness of students, administrators, and faculty to explore ways to best serve the mental health needs of students. Our goal is to bring together those familiar with or new to the topic and explore ways to enhance education, outreach, treatment, and prevention of eating disorders on our campuses.