What is The Voices Project?
The Voices Project: Mental Health is the next chapter of a psychology project that explores society’s attitudes towards individuals considered “different.” In this project, Misericordia students interview individuals from social groups that are misunderstood, stigmatized, and/or ignored and write memoirs of their lives. These memoirs are integrated into staged readings or theatrical programs and performed to the campus and community to educate others on the "real" experiences of these interviewees. Since its inception in 2009, the project has explored the experiences of a variety of social groups.
The Voices Project: Mental Health began in 2016 and focuses on individuals and family members of those with mental health conditions.
What is The Voices Project and how did it get started? Check out Alicia Nordstrom's TEDxLancaster talk on "The Fallacy of Normal and Beauty of Difference" (September, 2017) to learn more:
The Voices Project (TVP) has received several awards by teaching, community and social justice societies:
- 2014 Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Speaker Award at the National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology
- Electric City/Diamond City Best Theater Production of 2012 for The Voices Project: Disability
- 2012 Innovative Teaching Award (Honorable Mention) by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
- 2011 Action Teaching Award (Honorable Mention) by the Social Psychology Network