Research in Higher Education

, Volume 57, Issue 4, pp 497–517 | Cite as

The Influence of Campus Climate and Interfaith Engagement on Self-Authored Worldview Commitment and Pluralism Orientation Across Sexual and Gender Identities

  • Alyssa N. Rockenbach
  • Tiffani A. Riggers-Piehl
  • Jason C. Garvey
  • Marc A. Lo
  • Matthew J. Mayhew


This study examined the extent to which LGBT students were oriented toward pluralism and self-authored worldview commitment, as well as the conditional effects of campus climate and interfaith engagement on pluralism and worldview commitment by sexual orientation and gender identity. Drawing on data from 13,776 student respondents to the Campus Religious and Spiritual Climate Survey at 52 institutions, results indicated the positive role of LGBT identity status in relation to self-authored worldview commitment and pluralism orientation, as well as the differential effects of some aspects of campus climate in shaping pluralism and commitment among LGB students relative to heterosexual students. Implications are discussed.


Worldview Pluralism Spirituality Religion Sexual orientation Gender identity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alyssa N. Rockenbach
    • 1
  • Tiffani A. Riggers-Piehl
    • 2
  • Jason C. Garvey
    • 3
  • Marc A. Lo
    • 4
  • Matthew J. Mayhew
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human DevelopmentNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA
  2. 2.Baylor UniversityWacoUSA
  3. 3.University of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA
  4. 4.New York UniversityNew YorkUSA

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