Samantha J Simmons

University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States

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Publications (1)1.36 Total impact

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    Samantha J Simmons · Michele A Wittig · Sheila K Grant
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    ABSTRACT: This study examines the relationship between college students' perceptions of their campus' multicultural climate and their acceptance of racial/ethnic diversity. A two-mediator model, based on acculturation principles, was successfully fit to survey data from 434 college students of diverse racial/ethnic heritage. Results showed that valuing positive interactions with members of ethnocultural groups other than one's own is a positive mediator and strength of ethnocultural identity is a (much less important) negative mediator of the relationship between student perceptions of multicultural campus programming and personal acceptance of diverse racial/ethnic groups. Furthermore, each mediator independently contributed to the prediction of such acceptance. Overall, the model accounts for about 25% of the variance in acceptance of diversity and was a better fit to the data than a reverse path model. Follow-up analyses, separately by ethnic group, showed that perceptions of campus programming predicted acceptance of diversity for the White subsample, but not for the Latino subsample. Nevertheless, the two acculturation-related constructs were important for both groups, with the model accounting for 28% and 24% of their respective variances in acceptance of diversity. Practical implications are drawn.
    Full-text · Article · Oct 2010 · Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology

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7 Citations
1.36 Total Impact Points


  • 2010
    • University of California, Los Angeles
      • Department of Psychology
      Los Angeles, California, United States