What Is VanDIY?


Natalee Erb, Graduate Assistant, Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center


VanDIY (do-it-yourself) is a monthly workshop series presented by the Margaret Cuninggim Women-€™s Center.   The series aims to offer a variety of personal and professional skills-building workshops ranging in topic from personal health and wellness, building trust in relationships, and learning to coupon effectively, to bicycle maintenance, and budgeting.     Each workshop is designed to equip participants with concrete practical skills that can be implemented immediately.

VanDIY is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, staff, faculty, and community members. Each session meets from 12pm -€“ 1pm  and lunch is provided for the first 50 attendees who RSVP online, making it the perfect opportunity to build up your skills on your lunch break!

This semester, the program will host two more workshops.   The first, on October 11th, will feature Peggy Elam, Ph.D., speaking on Health at Every Size.   In this session, the focus will be on learning about BMI profiling, facts and fallacies about dieting, harmful effects of the -€œwar on obesity,-€ and the steps that you can take toward health and happiness no matter what your size. In the second workshop, hosted on November 8th, Tammy Key will discuss Making Deposits in the Emotional Bank Account.   In this engaging session, participants will develop practical actions to start building (or rebuilding) trust in their relationships.   They will learn to discuss what is important in their lives and to recognize bad habits that may be withdrawing trust from a relationship.

The Margaret Cuninggim Women-€™s Center will also be hosting several VanDIY workshops in the spring, and is always open to topics which interest you -€“ submissions for speakers or topics can be directed to our Graduate Assistant, Natalee Erb, at For more information about the program, or to RSVP for an upcoming workshop, contact the Margaret Cuninggim Women-€™s Center, or go online to We-€™re all doing-it-ourselves more often these days, so come to one of our sessions and find out how you can, too!