The Effect of Direct Multicultural Experiences on IWAH, Universalism, Social Dominance Orientation, and Personality

Principal Investigator: David Sparkman
Team: David Sparkman (University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, the USA) - the Principal Investigator, Colten Schmidt (University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire) and the Study Abroad Office of University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.
Funding: University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, University Research and Creativity Activity (URCA) Grant

This project is investigating the impact of a direct, multicultural experience on Identification With All Humanity in a pre-test vs. post-test design. University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire students who are studying abroad to the countries of Italy, Spain, and Australia are involved in the research. Thus far, participants have completed the initial pre-test survey (prior to their study abroad program), and most recently completed the post-test survey after returning from their programs this Spring 2020.

The project is also examining the impact of a direct, multicultural experience on other outcomes, including the value of universalism, social dominance orientation, and several Big-Five personality factors (Openness to Experience, Conscientiousness, and Agreeableness). A follow-up study abroad project is currently being planned for the 2020-2021 academic year.