ERIC Number: EJ721906
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan
Reference Count: 34
Interaction-Based Diversity Initiative Outcomes: An Evaluation of an Initiative Aimed at Bridging the Racial Divide on a College Campus
Muthuswamy, Nithya; Levine, Timothy R.; Gazel, Jeanne
Communication Education, v55 n1 p105-121 Jan 2006
The issue of race on college campuses has been one of the most profound and controversial topics in higher education (Astin, 1993). Much research has focused on outcomes associated with diversity, and social practices have been adopted to facilitate diversity. Empirical assessments of the consequences associated with these initiatives have received less attention. This paper presents an empirical study of the consequences of participating in MRULE, an innovative race relations program promoting interactional diversity. This paper reports the findings of a three-group quasi experiment (N=164) that was designed to assess how participation in the program affected salience, knowledge, attitudes and overt behaviors related to race. Results suggest that students in the program hold significantly more positive attitudes, express interracial behaviors more frequently, and possess more accurate knowledge regarding issues related to race, in comparison to the control participants, and that these improvements were more than self-selection alone. The implications of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Higher Education, Racial Relations, Cultural Pluralism, Attitude Change, Behavior Change, College Students, Racial Bias, Program Effectiveness, College Housing, Consciousness Raising, Racial Integration
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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