Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Sciences

Degree Level



Human Development, Family Sciences and Rural Sociology


Mosley, Jacquelyn

Committee Member/Reader

Moxley, Shari

Committee Member/Second Reader

Timby, Donia


As college enrollment continues to grow and diversity becomes more prominent, it is crucial to recognize the importance of nurturing cultural competence in campus communities. Cultural competence refers to the ability to build relationships with individuals from both similar and diverse backgrounds. In order for students to be successful in their future careers, they must develop knowledge and skills to effectively collaborate with people from different backgrounds. As college students actively engage in conversations about multiculturalism, cultural awareness, and the significance of appropriate accommodations, it is imperative that multicultural education plays a more significant role in college settings. This thesis explored how a classroom tool could help develop competence among students. The classroom activity known as the Jellybean Project, allowed students to identify their preferences and biases. The study findings revealed diverse perspectives and motivations behind engaging in the Jellybean activity, emphasizing the importance of incorporating culturally competent curriculum in college settings. Participants varied interpretations of the activity highlighted themes of self-awareness, reflection, and exploring diversity, underscoring the need for ongoing discussions and interventions to address biases among students.


Cultural Competence, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Bias, Educational Activity