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Open Access Published by De Gruyter April 1, 2009

University for Diversity: A Case Study

  • Jeffery Pickens , Judith Bachay and Larry Treadwell

A study of a university diversity initiative that trained faculty to create and teach interdisciplinary “diversity courses” resulted in significant student gains on a pre-/post questionnaire assessing multicultural awareness and skills, as well as increased ethnic identity development as measured using the Multi Ethnic Identity Measure (MEIM). Qualitative analyses revealed that college students attending a multicultural institution with a dedicated mission of promoting diversity, perceived themselves as better prepared for entering a multicultural work place. This study demonstrates one model for stimulating faculty and students to increase discussion of diversity issues in the curriculum as they prepare for working in diverse communities.

Published Online: 2009-4-1

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