By Christoph Neumann
People Attaining Complete Equality organized an informational campaign throughout the week of April 29 to address the misrepresentation of women and children and held an assembly on April 30 to further raise awareness for the issue.
Also included in the PACE campaign was a screening of the Oprah Winfrey Network “Miss Representation” on May 1 in the Costa auditorium.
The campaign as a whole mainly expanded on the ideas presented in last year’s body image assembly.
“PACE had been wanting to do something about self image for a while, so we decided to look at body image from a different angle,” PACE Director Dr. Rocky Wilson said.
This year, PACE decided to include the greater South Bay community by hosting the movie screening for anyone to attend.
“We surveyed students and found that people were not happy with their bodies,” PACE sophomore Gillian Searer said. “We feel that by exposing the pressures placed on youth today, we can be instrumental in changing how kids perceive themselves.”
To spread awareness for the campaign, PACE hung posters around the Costa campus and sent out e-blasts about the movie to the community.
“PACE designed these posters and the e-blast in order to be able to reach the community about the campaign,” Wilson said. “There are a lot of people struggling, and they may not even realize it.”
Some students seemed to connect to the ideas in the misrepresentation campaign.
“The Oprah Winfrey movie was really interesting and informative,” senior Aedan Madillian said. “It opened my eyes to the idea that our own society promotes the wrong idea on how children and teenagers should be taking care of themselves.”