Date of Graduation

Summer 2012


Master of Science in Counseling


Counseling, Leadership and Special Education

Committee Chair

Angela Anderson


diversity training, intergroup dialogue, diversity engagement, social norms, racial attitudes, cultural competence, awareness

Subject Categories



Diversity training has been key in educating college students, administrators, faculty, and staff with practical skills to create more welcoming racial climates. Literature indicates additional research is required to assess the effectiveness of such training. This study measured the self-reported perspectives of 14 participants in an intergroup dialogue model focused on diversity topics. Through pre and post testing, we attempted to discern how intergroup dialogues about issues surrounding race, class, gender, sexual orientation and other aspects of identity impacted attitudes of the participants. Upon completion of the diversity engagement course, participants reported significantly less prejudicial and colorblind attitudes while decreasing negative attitudes towards the GLBTQI community. The results from this research indicate the importance of facilitating and participating in intergroup dialogues as a means to create more inclusive college atmospheres.


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