Publication Date

Spring 2022

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Katrina Burch (Director), Reagan Brown, Aaron Wichman

Degree Program

Department of Psychological Sciences

Degree Type

Master of Science


The purpose of my study is to examine the relationship between attitudes toward Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), cynicism towards organizational change, diversity initiative fatigue, and unit diversity climate. It was hypothesized that negative attitudes toward BIPOC will be associated with cynicism toward organizational change and diversity initiative fatigue will mediate that relationship. It was also hypothesized that unit diversity climate will moderate the relationship between negative attitudes toward BIPOC and diversity initiative fatigue and moderate the relationship between negative attitudes toward BIPOC and cynicism toward organizational change. To examine these relationships, a survey was distributed to WKU faculty assess above variables. SPSS Process Macro Model 8 was used to perform the analyses moderated mediation. Results indicated that many of the hypotheses were not supported. Hypothesis 3 was partially supported which indicated that more positive perceptions of diversity climate significantly moderated the relationship between unawareness of blatant racial attitudes toward BIPOC and diversity initiative fatigue. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed, as well as future research.


Industrial and Organizational Psychology | Organization Development