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Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


International Studies

First Advisor

Laura Bathurst

First Committee Member

Larry Kirkhart

Second Committee Member

Miriam Sobre-Denton

Third Committee Member

Chris Cartwright


The following study evaluates the impacts intercultural training has on student development of global perspective and of intercultural competence, on social support networks of international students, and on internationalization goals at a community college in Southern California. Data reveals that participants in the extra-curricular student volunteer program benefit from a combination didactic-experiential training program that focuses on culture-general frameworks and provides tools for accessing culture-specific knowledge. Participants enter with high levels of openness and respect, and develop throughout the program, demonstrating increased cultural self-awareness, knowledge of cultural worldview frameworks, curiosity, and comfort with ambiguity. Students acquired role behaviors associated with multiple functional support network 4 systems. Internationalization efforts may be promoted through extra-curricular programs due to increased intercultural contact, stronger international student support systems, and through the actions of an interculturally inforn1ed group within the student body.



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