Positive Deviance

Purpose: Positive Deviance will strive to create a more compassionate culture on both Allegheny’s campus and in Meadville by recognizing positive deviance in our community. Positive deviance is based on the observation that in every community there are individuals and/or groups whose uncommon behaviors and strategies enable them to find better solutions to problems than their peers, while having access to the same resources and facing similar or worse challenges. Positive deviance is an asset-based, problem-solving, and community-driven approach to solving social problems that enables the community to discover these successful behaviors and strategies and develop a plan of action to promote positive cultural change.

Club Email: acpositivedeviance@gmail.com

President: Jordan Mehalko, (2021-2022)
Email: mehalkoj@allegheny.du

Advisor: Lydia Eckstein, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Email: leckstein@allegheny.edu