Beauty Undressed: Beauty. What is it? Who has it? Who decides?

by Saniya Khan

On Tuesday, February 11, 2014, the Student Personal Counseling Center is hosting guest speaker Shannon Cutts, Founder, Board Chair, and Executive Director of MentorCONNECT, to give a presentation about how individuals and society view and express beauty every day.  While eating disorders are serious illnesses that are estimated to affect up to 10% of the population, almost everyone struggles with insecurities, unhealthy eating habits, and body shame.  This program is designed to bring men and women, teens and adults, all together around a centralizing issue of today's culture.  The presentation will run from 6:30pm-8:00pm in the Madison Theatre and is open to everyone.

Shannon Cutts herself has intimate knowledge about eating disorders as she overcame a fifteen-year struggle with anorexia, bulimia, depression, and anxiety.  She founded MentorCONNECT, a non-profit organization that is the first global eating disorders mentoring community, after her recovery to help others in the same way her mentors had helped her.  She is the author of Beating Ana:  How to Outsmart Your Eating Disorder and Take Your Life Back which is an eating disorders mentoring text.  Cutts travels across the United States and Canada speaking at different campuses and conferences about her experiences and offers hope to those struggling with similar issues.  She has also written on the topic of mentoring and eating disorders recovery for,, and the Huffington Post among others.

For more information about Shannon Cutts, visit

Program sponsored by: Student Personal Counseling Center, Student Affairs, Athletics, Student Government, Psychology Department, and Sienna Women's Center