Predicting student attitudes about racial diversity and gender equity

Kevin O. Cokley, Kimberly Tran, Brittany Hall-Clark, Collette Chapman, Luana Bessa, Angela Finley, Michael Martinez

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Factors related to attitudes about racial diversity and gender equity were examined in an ethnically diverse sample of 432 college students (167 European Americans, 83 African Americans, 81 Asian Americans, and 82 Hispanic Americans). In addition to variables of self-interest (i.e., ethnicity, gender, and political views), social ideology (i.e., social dominance orientation, right-wing authoritarianism) and personality traits (openness to experience) were uniquely predictive of attitudes about racial diversity and gender equity. Hierarchical regressions revealed that social dominance orientation most strongly predicted racial attitudes, while right-wing authoritarianism most strongly predicted gender attitudes. Implications for diversity education efforts related to prejudice reduction are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-199
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Diversity in Higher Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2010


  • gender equity
  • openness to experience
  • racial diversity
  • right-wing authoritarianism
  • social dominance orientation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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