Purpose: Positive Deviance strives to create a more compassionate culture on both Allegheny’s campus and in Meadville by recognizing positive deviance in our community. We are 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-drivin 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 (http://www.positivedeviance.org/). Overall, we work to cultivate a kinder culture by creating initiatives that encourage others to perform and recognize kindness and compassion.
President: Megan Arnold
Advisor: Lydia Jackson, Assistant Professor of Psychology