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The Lived Experience of Cultural Immersion

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  • CARLOS P. HIPOLITO-DELGADO,

    1. Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling, California State University.
    2. Department of Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education, University of Colorado–Denver.
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  • JENNIFER M. COOK,

    1. Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education, University of Colorado–Denver.
    2. Counselor Education, Virginia Tech.
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  • ELAINE M. AVRUS,

    1. Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education, University of Colorado–Denver.
    2. Learning Assistance Department, City College of San Francisco.
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  • ERICA J. BONHAM

    1. Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education, University of Colorado–Denver.
    2. Arapahoe Douglas Mental Health Network, Englewood, Colorado.
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concerning this article should be addressed to Carlos P. Hipolito-Delgado, Department of Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education, University of Colorado–Denver, 1380 Lawrence Street, PO Box 173364, Campus Box 106, Denver, CO 80217-3364 (e-mail: carlos.hipolito@ucdenver.edu).

Abstract

This article presents the findings of a grounded theory study of 3 graduate students' lived experience of cultural immersion. Results indicated that participants experienced 3 phases (goal setting, interaction, and evaluation) and 4 themes (bias, gender, barriers, and self-awareness) during immersion. Recommendations for the implementation of immersion experiences are discussed.

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