Term of Award

Fall 2019

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (restricted to Georgia Southern)

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Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development

Committee Chair

Daniel W. Calhoun

Committee Member 1

Meca Williams-Johnson

Committee Member 2

Steven Tolman


This study explored the lived experiences of college students who participated in a Multi-faith Education Program (MEP) to investigate if MEPs could be a proven strategy to support spiritual and/or religious engagement while increasing cultural competence. The operationalization of cultural competence within the undergraduate experience remains a neglected area on college campuses, particularly related to spiritual or religious engagement. The investigation used the Moustakas’ transcendental phenomenological model to analyze the data collected from the interviews of 9 college students who participated in a MEP at a public, mid-sized university in the southern region of the United States. The findings revealed students’ expectation for spiritual and/or religious engagement opportunities, their understanding of self and others gained from participating in a MEP, and their gain of cultural competence. Recommendations for further research include exploring the impact of different types of MEPs at differing types of institutions, exploring how uninvolved students experience spiritual and/or religious engagement, how campus administrators experience and understand MEPs.

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