Annual conference takes on “positive deviance”

WHAT: The idea of “positive deviance” will be explored in the 8th Annual Community Service Learning (CSL) Conference: The Answer in Plain Sight: Can Positive Deviance Uncover Solutions to Community Challenges?

In any community, there are people who respond to challenges in uncommon ways and, as a result, find better solutions than their peers. Positive deviance seeks to identify these successful behaviors so others can adopt them.

The conference, organized annually by the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics at the UT Health Science Center, will examine positive deviance in a morning keynote address and breakout sessions throughout the day.

WHEN: Thursday, April 2, 2015

• 9:15-10:30 a.m. keynote
• Noon-1 p.m. presentation of outstanding CSL projects by students
• 5 p.m. CSL poster session and reception

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WHERE: UT Health Science Center School of Nursing, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio.

WHO: The 9:15 a.m. keynote address will be delivered by positive deviance researcher and author Arvind Singhal, Ph.D., the Marston Endowed Professor of Communication at The University of Texas at El Paso.

NOTES: The CSL Conference shares best practices, scholarship and collaboration in service learning among hundreds of UT Health Science Center students, faculty, staff, as well as other University of Texas System campuses and community partners from across the state.

Efforts like those highlighted at the conference have earned the Health Science Center a place on every U.S. President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll since 2009.

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