Date of Award

Spring 6-2020

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


College of Education, Doctoral Program

First Advisor

Rebecca Michel

Second Advisor

Sung Park-Johnson

Third Advisor

Kimberly Sluis


International students are a growing presence on college campuses across the United States. However, despite their increased numbers on college campuses, they have been overlooked in analyses regarding subgroups and sexual violence prevention. This qualitative, phenomenological study sought to describe the lived experiences of East Asian international students as they travel to the United States and learn about sexual violence. Interviews were conducted with eight East Asian international students studying at a public university in the Midwest. Themes emerged from the interview data describing the lived experiences of these students. These themes were (1) navigating a more open society without preparation, (2) feeling pressure and choosing silence, (3) searching for meaning and learning through example, and (4) developing knowledge through interactions. The themes led to recommendations for best practices for sexual violence prevention educators. The study also called led to recommendations for further research, (1) expanding the target population to more institutions, (2) controlling for specific countries of origin, (3) quantitative analyses of program success, and (4) quantitative analyses of learning outcomes