Faculty members Gwen Sanders and Amy Backos presented at the Spring Colloquium on March 28, 2013.
“Art Therapy in Nicaragua: An International Service-based Learning Class”
Gwen and Amy have undertaken a research project to understand the impact of international service work on therapists. In January 2013 they, along with Michelle Jones, accompanied eight Art Therapy graduate students to Granada, Nicaragua, to provide art therapy to residents of Solidaridad, in an economically impoverished neighborhood on the floodplain of Lake Nicaragua. This work was done in conjunction with Viva Nicaragua!, an NGO led by a Bay Area native, Carrie McCracken, and a leader in the Solidaridad community, William Wilson. The Art Therapy students focused on creating culturally appropriate art interventions and leading groups of children, women, and seniors to create a heartwarming art show expressing safety, resiliency, and strength in the community. The data collected from the Art Therapy students regarding their strengths, expectations, and art response to the experience is currently being collated and analyzed.
Read about other faculty activities.
Read about our faculty who have received research grants.
College of Arts and Sciences
Art and Graphic Design
Computer and Information Science and Mathematics
History and Political Science
Modern Languages and Cultures
Music and Vocal Arts
Natural Sciences (Biology, Biochemistry, Kinesiology)
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Psychology and Sociology
Theatre Arts and Dance
School of Business and Management
School of Education and Leadership
*This list includes full-time and core faculty only. For a full faculty list, click here.