Publication Date

Spring 5-4-2018

Document Type

Action research project: Open access

Degree Name

MA Higher Education Leadership


Leadership Studies


The purpose of this research is to understand the impact of interactive educational interventions, namely a sustainability inventory (Green Graduate Inventory), campus tours, and sustainability game events, on sustainability engagement in graduate students studying Higher Education Leadership at the University of San Diego. Utilizing an Appreciative Inquiry lens, I aim to celebrate sustainability achievements of participants and the University of San Diego community. My research question is, how can I help develop and empower environmentally conscious leaders, amongst higher education leadership graduate students at the University of San Diego, through intentional educational interventions? Additionally, this research will examine the culture at the University of San Diego around sustainability outreach and will explore the intersections of sustainability and study abroad. Through the interactive educational interventions, I hope to see a difference in the answers students provide on the initial Green Graduate Inventory and the Green Graduate Inventory Review. Additionally, I hope to increase the participants’ connection to the University of San Diego campus through the sustainability campus tour and their association with their peers through sustainability game events.