Month/Year of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

First Advisor

Dr. Gina Ligon


Applying a theoretical framework of engaging hospitality values can reduce implicit bias. This research was implemented through a social media campaign called Room at Our Table, based around a series of webisodes that utilize the psychological concept of meal sharing as a community-building activity to change perspectives on hospitality toward refugees, via the reduction of implicit bias. Psychologically, aversion to welcoming refugees can also stem from identity threat and a desire to protect resources within a given group. Here in Nebraska, people are changing their minds about refugees based on personal interactions. In 2016, Nebraska resettled the most refugees per capita of any US state, according to the Pew Research Center. This is important as it represents a significant shift in the state’s demographic make-up. Reducing biases toward these new residents is important because for every individual who believes refugees to be a burden on their communities, there are underlying biases that inform their beliefs. Far Right extremist groups are also competing for the uncommitted majority’s views on refugees as demonstrated by the ADL’s Hate Crime Map (2017). Utilizing the “power of contact,” we aim to provide a way for uncommitted populations to experience connection with a refugee family (albeit digitally) to change their perspectives.