East Carolina University and Chancellor Steve Ballard have been recognized for playing a leading role in changing communities.
Many people who accomplish short-term goals get a rush of achievement in the moment but don’t create the behavioral changes needed to maintain and improve, said Tom Raedeke, a professor of kinesiology at East Carolina University who specializes in exercise psychology. “Somehow, we have to help people go beyond . . . just meeting the New Year’s resolutions or just accomplishing this goal,” Raedeke said.
In a dimly lit room inside Mendenhall Student Center, four East Carolina University students stood in front of mirrors labeled: “TOO FEM, TOO FAT, TOO MASC, TOO SKINNY.”
Next door, a woman talked about the isolation she experienced after coming out as bisexual. Behind a curtain, a black student expressed her disgust about a classmate petting her hair like she was an animal. The students were actors, but the stories were real.