February is Love Yourself Enough month at UF, and Oilers Changing Campus Culture, or OC3 and Counseling Services are sponsoring many events coinciding with its recognition.
In its third year of observance, the monthlong large-scale prevention and education initiative is, according to Ginny Williams, Assistant Director of Counseling Services, the female focused effort similar to the Movember campaign in November that focuses on men’s overall health. The initial focus of the February initiatives, however, is to address Title IX issues such as sexual assault prevention, intimate partner violence, healthy relationships, awareness of positive self-worth and campus and community resources. The focuses and events offered as part of the month include ally training, which aims to equip students with the tools to create safe spaces and welcoming environments for others, yoga, mindfulness, poetry readings and a women’s empowerment luncheon.
Oilers Changing Campus Culture, or OC3, is a campus collaborative made up of Counseling Services, Cosiano Health Center, and athletics and now also includes a student OC3 group. The group focuses on prevention and education pertaining to Title IX.
Counseling Services is a place where students can come to share personal concerns and questions about self, relationships with others and plans for the future, among other topics. It helps students to work out solutions to these problems. All full-time and part-time UF students are eligible for the services, which are free, confidential and provided by licensed clinical counselors.
The Love Yourself Enough event seems to be growing in appreciation every year, Williams elaborated. “This year we are able to do more because we received a $10,000 grant from the Department of Higher Education for increasing awareness and education,” she said.