Between Two Worlds Project

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Learning to be a member of at least two cultural groups – to become bicultural – represents a normative developmental task among members of migrant and ethnic-racial minority groups. Although, biculturalism is often described as a desirable outcome that should be associated with positive adjustment, the empirical support for this hypothesis is inconsistent. Mixed findings may reflect methodological and conceptual shortcomings of prior work, including narrow assessment of biculturalism and indirect assessment of bicultural competence, or the ability to live effectively within two cultural systems. The purpose of the Between Two Worlds (B2W) project is to conduct qualitative research to improve measurement and understanding of affective and behavioral components of bicultural competence among Mexican-origin emerging adults.

Funding Source: Emeritus College, Arizona State University

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Principal Investigator

M. Dalal Safa M. Dalal Safa

Undergraduate Research Assistants


Arisbeth Valenzuela

Arisbeth is a double major in anthropology and transborder studies. Her goal is to ultimately give back to the Latinx community and do international development within Latin America. This research study will allow her to see the differentiation amongst Mexican and Mexican American bodies and their views and attitudes towards bi-culturalism. Different perspectives will allow her to see the various intersections within society.

Carolina Siulok Carolina Siulok

Carolina is studying special education and it's intersection with borderland and bicultural pedagogies, being part of B2W is a step towards understanding biculturalism as a way to build resilience.

Ellen Dries Ellen Dries

Ellen is an economics and mathematics student with research objectives at the intersection between reproductive health decision-making and culture. As a Mexican-American, she is interested in biculturalism research to better understand the experiences of bicultural people, with the broader goal of conducting informed research as a doctoral student.

Paul Flores Paul Flores

Paul is a ASU online Family and Human Development major and works as a Human Resources Manager at a nonprofit domestic violence shelter. He is interested in biculturalism research to better understand how people view biculturalism and dive into other perspectives that may differ from his own.

Robert Tovar Robert Tovar

Robert is pursuing concurrent degrees in Communication and Family and Human Development. His own life experiences within biculturalism have driven him to pursue research in this area to bring a better understanding to the influence biculturalism has on both personal development and societal development.