Troy Thompson ’95, founder of the No Evil Project, says the first kernel of his stereotype-busting, thought-provoking plan was that it would be a fun game with his diverse group of friends. Weary of all the bad news in the media, Thompson thought asking people how they see themselves and how they do good deeds would focus on the positive and give everyone a lift.
And while the No Evil Project started out as discussion among friends, it has since blossomed into something much bigger, profoundly touching people who see how even the smallest stereotypes can inflict lots of harm.
Last month, WPI students, staff, and faculty had a chance to participate in the No Evil Project, and the results were so successful, organizers hope to make it an annual event.
“This is a positive project to celebrate the good people do and how they see themselves,” says Christine Girouard, director of student activities. “The nice thing is that this brings forward a conversation about things we don’t think about that play a part in our everyday lives—the stereotypes. It gives people the power to say, ‘This is how I see myself.’”