College of Science and Health Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

Fall 11-21-2017

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Jane Halpert, PhD

Second Advisor

Alyssa Wstring, PhD

Third Advisor

Doug Cellar, PhD


The purpose of this study was to investigate the efficacy of a sexism-focused diversity training program. More specifically, this study examined the direct and indirect relationships between individual characteristics (i.e., gender, self-efficacy, and reactance), contextual factors (i.e., organizational diversity climate) and diversity training outcomes and training transfer. To test hypotheses, graduate and undergraduate students participated in a two-stage study (baseline and intervention stages), with the intervention consisting of a 90-minute sexism-focused diversity training workshop. Data from one hundred and forty participants were retained for regression analyses. Results suggest the workshop was generally effective at reducing endorsement of sexist attitudes, improving knowledge of gender inequity issues, and increasing intentions to engage in activism against sexism. Individual characteristics were also found to significantly predict training outcomes, although organizational diversity climate did not predict any significant effects.

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