During the first week of April, the sorority Delta Phi Epsilon organized the Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) awareness week at the Pavilion at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, with different activities.
Each day of the week had a theme. The first day was ‘Deepher & Donuts’, next ‘Barbie & Ken,’ Wheel Wednesday, Thursday info day, and Friday was wrapped up with a candle light vigil in the evening.
The purpose is to make the public aware of the importance of self-acceptance and positive body image.
The vigil is to promote your self-awareness of how important it is to love your body just the way it is.
Friday night, the girls from the sorority got together with fellow sisters and other students to participate at the Pavilion during the candle lighting.
After a large group assembled, they lit their candles and proceeded to walk to the Javelina statues to begin the Vigil.
Yvette Marie Gonzalez, a CSDO major commented, “I have been a part of the Delta Phi Epsilon since Fall 2015, and I love to being a part of this great organization. It means a lot to me that there is something that I can take part of in this sorority that opens my eyes as well as others.”
“The purpose of this event is a Candle Light Vigil for Anorexia and disorders associated with it. Basically, this event is on this campus to promote body positivity, self-love and just to let everyone know that you are beautiful just the way you are, your insecurities do not define you as a person and you can love yourself and be yourself anywhere you go.”
Fabiola Cuellar, also a member of the sorority said, “I think this is a very important event for us college students. I like to be part of this sorority because sometimes I struggle with being positive about myself,” said Cuellar.
“I can be very hard with myself sometimes, and this is just a reminder to support women, and to encourage a positive body image as well accepting and loving yourself,” Cuellar affirmed.
Brittany Underwood a CSDO graduate student said, “Tonight we had a very great turn out. It is awesome to see individuals form other organizations, from other sororities and fraternities always supporting Delta Phi Epsilon and our philanthropy.”
Anna Trevino, a COSDO major added, “I feel that is amazing what these girls did to bring awareness of something that is impacting so many lives, even at younger ages, and I am glad that people actually spoke out about this trying to make a difference.”