The vision of The Journal of Interdisciplinary Graduate Research (JIGR) is to be interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary in approach, publishing original and review papers. These including literature reviews, book reviews, film reviews, position papers, empirical work, experiential reflections, and original quantitative and qualitative research. By offering graduates the chance to express their ideas to a broader audience, we seek to demonstrate the strength of graduate scholarship at Southern Adventist University and our continuing focus on academic excellence.

This publication is currently on hiatus with no specific future publication plans.

Current Volume: Volume 5 (2020)

All of us were affected by the events of 2020 and The Journal of Interdisciplinary Graduate Research (JIGR) was no exception. Just as we were working hard to finish up our fifth edition of the journal, the students at our University left for spring break and did not return to campus as the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States. As it did in many areas of life, this threw a monkey wrench into our work and made it more difficult to communicate with authors, editor, and printers and unfortunately, the edition was delayed.

Over the summer, the administration at Southern Adventist University worked hard to develop plans that would allow students to return to campus safely and we have been blessed to have had minimal impact from the pandemic during our Fall 2020 semester. This allowed our staff to get back to its work of producing the JIGR and its sister publication The Journal of Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research (JIUR). Though it was delayed, we are proud to present this selection of high quality articles from our graduate studies at SAU.

I am thankful for the work of our graduate assistant Antannia Aguilar, a student in Master's Program in School Counseling. Antannia has worked diligently to get this publication to print. We are also grateful to our editorial board who gave their time to review submitted manuscripts and make recommendations to authors. We are so grateful to: Bonnie Eder, Ed.D., School of Education and Psychology; Ronda Christman, Ph.D., School of Nursing; Laura Racovita-Szilagyi, Ph.D., School of Social Work; Polina Kadatska, Ph.D., Curriculum Development Specialist; and Katie McGrath, M.Ed., School of Education and Psychology for their commitment to the JIGR and their contribution to this edition.

Finally, we are also grateful for the administration at Southern Adventist University, especially in the School of Education and Psychology, for their continued support and encouragement as we strive to continue producing this journal, which serves as a showcase for the excellent work of our students.

Tron Wilder, Ph.D.



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