Cultural Competency and Short Term Service Trips: A Study Evaluating the Effects of Intercultural Trips on Cultural Competency

Hannah Rowley Indiana Wesleyan University, Joshua Gore Indiana Wesleyan University, Kaylynn Ruger Indiana Wesleyan University, Marlena Cheney Indiana Wesleyan University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Katti Sneed Indiana Wesleyan University
The purpose of this quantitative study is to discover if there is a change in cultural competency of college students currently enrolled within Christian Universities before and after they participate in an intercultural short-term service trip. Pre-test and post-test results of students participating in short term intercultural trips will be measured using the Cultural Competence Self Assessment Checklist developed by the Greater Vancouver Island Multicultural Society. The significance of this research is to determine if short term trips are an effective way to increase cultural competency and thus an effective way to use university resources. Current trends are pushing Christian universities towards inclusive excellence which has resulted in a university charge to increase the cultural competency of students. The data will be gathered and assessed in Survey Monkey and the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). Our analysis instruments will determine if there is a significant difference between pre-test and post-test results. These findings will reveal greater knowledge regarding the effects of short- term intercultural experiences on student’s cultural competency and can be used by educational and professional institutions to best achieve preferred cultural competency levels which have become a priority as diversity within the United States continues to rise.
Oral Presentation

When & Where

09:00 AM
Jordan Hall 336C