The project is intended to be shared by other instructors, community members, diversity educators, and/or social justice proponents to help others gain new perspectives of groups that are stigmatized or misunderstood.
A list of academic publications can be found on the Research page.
Elizabeth Weiss, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
The Ohio State University Newark
"I incorporated the Voices Project into my Stereotyping and Prejudice class. This class is an upper-level psychology elective, taken mainly by psychology majors. Before we met as a class, I asked students to complete a brief survey regarding groups of difference. I had them indicate which groups they were most and least comfortable with/knowledgeable about. Then, at the beginning of the course, I assigned each student three groups of difference and they chose one to work on. Throughout the semester, they studied qualitative research, made contacts with community groups to find interviewees, drafted interview questions, and actually conducted interviews. It was a lot of work for them and for me, but we all had such a wonderful time with this project. Several students mentioned that it was the single best learning experience they had had as a college student. It was certainly one of the most gratifying experiences I have had as a teacher!"
Enhancing Students' Cultural Competence through Interviews with Muslim and non-Muslim British Students
In 2013, The Voices Project went international as students from Misericordia University and Blackburn College in Lancashire, England used The Voices Project framework to interview each other. One Misericordia student from an upper-level psychology course was paired with two students from Blackburn College (one Muslim and one non-Muslim student) and the pairs interviewed each other using email, Facebook, and/or Skype. The British students wrote memoirs of the lives of the American students and the American students wrote essays comparing the life experiences of the British students with their own. Dr. Nordstrom will be visiting with her colleague, Dr. Valerie Todd, at Blackburn College in July, 2014 to discuss future versions of TVP where the two groups of students can interview each other in person.