New York 2010 EXPO Mercy College Counseling Department Drs. Esther E. Mulnix, Carolyn Cullen, Fernando Cabrera and graduate students Juliann Snyder, Kelly Nilsson and Santos Cancel
Interactive Theater • Needs assessment • Team members’ roles • Skit presentation • Engaging the community • Director’s debriefing with the community • Data collection • Debriefing with team members
Needs assessment • Assess the community’s needs • Talk to school personnel • Talk to students • Decide and define the problem to be addressed • Bullying: cyber-bullying • Discrimination • Exclusion
Counseling Team • Write 5’ skit • Make sure to depict only the problem • Perform the skit • Remain in role through out the experience • Do not lecture, speak within your role • Do not explain the behavior away, explain the reasons behind it
Community participation • Director asks the community to participate • Ask questions of the cast members • Actors remain in character • Actors voice the rationale of the character they are playing • Director thanks the community and actors for participating • Director requests the community answers survey
Survey • Demographic characteristics • Age • Gender • Education • Ethnic or racial group • School group of reference • Staff • Graduate student • Survey • Content • Format • Overall assessment
References • López-Mulnix, E. E., & Mulnix, M. W. (2006). Models of excellence in multicultural colleges and universities. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education.Vol. 5, #1. Sage Publications. • López, E. E., and Mulnix, M. (2004). Educating the next generation: Culture centered education for school-aged children. In Saracho, O., and Spodek, B. (Ed.) Contemporary Perspectives on Language Policy and Literacy Instruction in Early Childhood Education. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing Inc.