An Enchanted Evening: Meredith Psychology Department Hosts Annual Special Populations Dance

On November 19, Meredith College hosted the annual Special Populations Dance in Weatherspoon Gymnasium. For more than 30 years, adults with disabilities from across the state have come together with members of the Meredith community to enjoy a unique evening of dancing and socializing. The theme for this year’s event was An Enchanted Evening and nearly 300 guests were in attendance. The annual event allows psychology students to incorporate their classroom experience and research findings as they interact socially with this distinctive community.

Throughout the year, faculty and students planned and executed all aspects of the dance. The students who participated in this opportunity gained experience with coordination, budgeting, and the safety and security needs of the people attending the dance.

Alyson Mann, ’17, was one of the main coordinators of this event. “It is extremely rewarding to see the Meredith community come together to create a special night for adults with disabilities,” Mann said. “The opportunity to put my passion for working with exceptional individuals into action is invaluable. The collective excitement from the students and guests created a safe and inclusive environment for a memorable night.”

By Taylor Lynn Moore, ’17

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