Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Program (BIEDA)

BIEDA Volunteer Work Description

Many college students struggle with disordered eating and body image concerns. While there are fewer students who suffer from full-blown eating disorders, both disordered eating and body image issues as well as eating disorders need to be addressed on college campuses. 

You Can Help!

Please consider applying to become a volunteer for the BIEDA program. BIEDA volunteers are UI students who are trained to provide information about disordered eating, eating disorders, and referral resources to the UI campus community. As part of your role, you will also be asked to challenge existing stereotypes and media messages about our bodies. You will receive training for your outreach work as well as supervision from professional staff with expertise in the prevention and treatment of eating disorders on campus. You will collaborate with other students as a part of a peer educator team that works alongside professional staff.

Program Expectations

This program runs for two semesters, with the possibility of extending your time after the first year. At the beginning of the fall 2016 semester, you will be involved in some intensive training workshops. After you have participated in these workshops to be held at the University Counseling Service (UCS), you will be ready to be a part of the BIEDA team. You will plan events for fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters. As part of the BIEDA team and in collaboration with professional staff, you are expected to plan and deliver programs and events for various student groups on campus to raise awareness about eating disorders and body image concerns. The training seminars in the fall are mandatory, outreach event participation depends on your schedule and availability.  Click on this link to complete a BIEDA application


You will learn about the role of a peer educator, different types of programming, disordered eating, body image, and eating disorder concerns, campus referrals for students affected by those concerns, and the impact of social factors and media on body image and eating disorders. You will learn skills to address individuals and groups about eating disorders. You will practice leadership, presentation, teamwork, and communication skills.


The purpose of the training is to build a solid foundation for BIEDA outreach work during the school year. BIEDA volunteers need to be knowledgeable about eating disorder referral resources, communication with potential clients and allies, group dynamics, outreach skills, and ethics of conducting outreach work on campus. In addition, you will work as a team and the regular meetings will serve team building purposes as well. Therefore, participation in the training workshops and planning meetings is necessary. BIEDA co-facilitators Kelly Clougher, Ph.D. and JoAnn Daehler-Miller, RD will lead the workshops and sessions, along with guest presentations from professionals involved with the campus Eating Disorder Network (EDN). The outreach event hours and dates depend on which projects the group decides to take on for the year. Individual participants can choose which outreach events to focus on.  

  • Training Workshop Dates for Fall 20156 (required):
    • Friday, September 23, 1-4
    • Friday, September 30, 1-4
    • Friday, October 7, 1-4
    • Location: University Counseling Service, 3223 Westlawn S.
    • Weekly one-hour planning meetings starting October 14: Fridays 1:30-2:30

Disclaimer: BIEDA training does not take the place of professional help for body image, disordered eating, or eating disorder concerns. While students who have struggled with these concerns in their own lives are welcome to participate in this training and volunteer opportunity, it is imperative that they have reached a stable and healthy stage in their recovery prior to doing so. If you have any personal issues with disordered eating or an ongoing eating disorder, please elaborate in the application/or consult with Kelly Clougher (335-7294, This information will be kept confidential. BIEDA volunteers clearly identify themselves as peer helpers and do not claim any expertise in counseling or in the treatment of eating disorders

Application Deadline is Monday September 5, 2016

For questions, please contact Kelly Clougher, Ph.D. at or (319) 335-7294, or JoAnn Daehler-Miller, RD at or (319) 353-5966

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