The ISP, or Independent Study Project, is written by students from the undergraduate programs of SIT Study Abroad and relates to a program theme. Using primary sources students choose topics with a manageable focus that can be carried out in a variety of settings, such as schools, nongovernmental organizations or field research stations. During the independent study period students work closely with a project advisor and other key contacts in the field. The ISP is typically a 20- to 40-page paper presented to student colleagues, the academic director and, often, the advisor and other interested host-country individuals.

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Submissions from 2016

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Beyond What is Heard: A Documentary Film about Acoustic Ecology as Sustainability Activism, Jesse Rolfe, Ithaca College

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Where Women Stand in Rural Electrification Efforts: An Exploratory Study within Gujarat, Meital Rosenberg, University of Pittsburgh

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En toma. Desesperanza aprendida: El rol de la memoria colectiva en los movimientos estudiantiles. / Occupation. Learned Despair: The role of collective memory in the students’ movements., Abigail Rothstein, Brandeis University

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Wildlife Underpasses: Frequency of use by neotropic mammals in Parque Natural Metropolitano, Panamá City, Panamá, Kelly Russo, University of Colorado at Boulder

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Water Resource Change and Management: Implications of Climate Change and Water Resource Management for Pastoral Herders in Bayan Ulgii, Rachel Ryan, University of Denver

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Balancing the Local and the Global: Understanding Alternative Education in Modern Ladakh, Hannah Ryde, Tufts University

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Use of Cycling Paths along the Morogoro BRT Line, Ford Sanger, University of Denver

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Sentido de comunidad: Conectando la teoría con la práctica en el sector La Mariscal, Quito, Ecuador / Sense of community: Connecting theory with practice in the Mariscal sector, Quito, Ecuador, Matthew Sant-Miller, Yale University

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Estigma y discriminación hacia hombres que tienen sexo con otros hombres (HSH) y mujeres trans: el impacto en la vulnerabilidad y riesgo frente al VIH/SIDA / Stigma and discrimination against men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women: the impact on vulnerability and risk of HIV / AIDS, Alessandra Scher, Tulane University

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Exploring Social Cohesion in South Africa Within the Context of Post Apartheid Racial-Disparity, Peter Schneider, Washington University in St. Louis

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Migrant Education in Morocco: Cross-Cultural Competence Favored Over Integrative Reform. An analysis of the Moroccan government’s migrant integration efforts through education., Ella Schoenen, Macalester College

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Illuminating Infertility: An Exploration of the Socioreligious Implications of Infertility in Bali, Michaela Schwartz, Barnard College

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Tapez le Tam-Tam and the People Will Come: A Study of Theater for Social Justice in Kaolack, Senegal, Emily Schwerdtfeger, University of Kansas

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Life in the Collective Era: How Land Cooperatives Tried (and Failed) to Promote Local-National Integration in Tunisia, Isaiah Sciford, Washington University in St. Louis

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“Ellas miran la realidad”: La sequía y la gestión de mujeres en Santa Julia, Nicaragua, Deborah Secular, Barnard College

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Análisis de las políticas públicas de prevención del cáncer de cuello uterino vinculadas al control del virus del papiloma humano (VPH) en Argentina / An Analysis of Argentina’s Public Health Prevention Strategies of Cervical Cancer Related to the Control of the Human Papiloma Virus (HPV), Caroline Seman, Tulane University

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Special Education in Tunisia: A Case Study in Social Entrepreneurship, Kaitlan Shaub, College of William and Mary

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KOMPA AS A LESSON IN VALUE OR A SEMI-VOYERISTIC APPRECIATION OF THE BAMBOO BASKET IN DOLPA, Maxwell Shaw-Jones, Middlebury College

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Reef fish and coral assemblages on Hospital Point and near Bastimentos Island, Panama, Elaine Shen, Rice University

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Give a Man a Fish: A Narrative Approach to a Case Study of Soup Kitchens in the Wentworth Community, Evelyn Shen, Washington University in Saint Louis

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Neglect Amidst the Zika Epidemic: A Case Study on the Reach of Government Campaigns and Resources in Quilombo Community Praia Grande, Bahia, Jenna Sherman, Tufts University

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Consecuencias de la dictadura: la salud mental transgeneracional en hijos de detenidos desaparecidos / Consequences of the dictatorship: transgenerational mental health in children of disappeared detainees, Catherine Sillari, Tufts University

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The Annapurna Road: Development and Tourism on the Annapurna Circuit, Benjamin Skach, Tufts University

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Syrian Refugee Women in Jordan: Family Planning Preferences and Barriers in a Host Community, Hilary Smith, University of Denver

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Analysis of Media in Rwanda: Internship with the New Times, Rhiannon Snide, University of Massachusetts

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They Come Like the Clouds: Governing the Mountainous Periphery, Jared Sousa, Macalester College

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Women in Microfinance and its Social Effects on the Community: A Case Study in Hue, Vietnam, Madison Spigel, Wheaton College

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The Women of Helamb: Life After the 2015 Earthquake, Emma Squier, University of Vermont

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Water Quality in Relation to Land-use of the upper 62.8 Kilometers of the Santa Maria River, Santa Fe, Veraguas Using Benthic Macroinvertebrates as Indicators, Charlotte Steeves, University of Rhode Island

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Sex and Sexual Education in China: Traditional Values and Social Implications, Isabella Steinhauer, University of Colorado Boulder

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Come on Baby, Light My Fire: A study on Dutch Millennial Usage of Dating Applications and Morals, Hannah Stokes, American University

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“Always a double-edged sword”: How Women and Health Care Providers Navigate Issues of Contraception in Differing Senegalese Communities, Angelina Strohbach, Northwestern University

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Los Rompecabezas del Enfoque Intercultural: El estado actual, la integración de los sistemas de salud indígena y convencional y el estancamiento de la transversalización en el Centro de Salud de Huancarani, Kasey Sumeriski, University of Tennessee

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Realizing Urban Water Pollution Impact In Melbourne, Australia Through Painting, Gregory Suplinskas, Vassar College

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Realizing Urban Water Pollution Impact In Melbourne, Australia Through Painting, Gregory Suplinskas, Vassar College

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Sugar and Spice, Not Everything's Nice: Changing Dietary Habits in Bali, Harry Teplow, Emory University

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Tools and Methods for Zika Prevention in Cachoeira, Bahia, Florence Tesha, Duke University

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Live and dead coral cover on three reefs and public perceptions of degradation around Almirante Bay, Bocas del Toro, Phoebe Thompson, Bowdoin College

UNDERSTANDING PERCEPTIONS OF IDENTITY AND STRATEGIES OF EMPOWERMENT WITH ADOLESCENT AFRO-BRAZILIAN GIRLS, Julia Tremaroli, University of Denver

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Actually, Let’s Not Talk About Sex: The Value-Laden Sex Education Received by China’s Young Women, Allyson Tsu, Barnard College

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Actually, Let’s Not Talk About Sex: The Value-Laden Sex Education Received by China’s Young Women, Allyson Tsu, Barnard College

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Coral Disease in Chumbe Island Coral Park: A baseline survey of the prevalence of coral disease and other afflictions within Chumbe Marine Protected Area, Hannah Turley, University of Virginia

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Fish Diversity and Coral Health of Tanzania's Reefs: A comparative study between the Ushongo Village Reef and the Fungu Zinga Reef over time, Della Turque and Corinne Casper, University of Denver

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Seagrass Community Change at Three High Risk Ports in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area from 2005 to 2014, Celeste Venolia, Smith College

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Queer Connections: Social Media as a Versatile Tool of the Marginalized Moroccan LGBT, Savannah Vickery, Santa Clara University

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A Qualitative Investigation on the Effects of the Uttar Pradesh Population Policy on Women who Undergo Sterilization in Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh, Anna Wadhwani, George Washington University

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Intertidal Interactions: Stakeholder Relationships Arising from Kitesurfing in Paje, Zanzibar, Jenna Walczak and Iris Levine, Colgate University & Tufts University

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Shelo yigamer l’olam: La construcción de identidades compuestas en la comunidad judía de Iquitos, Perú / Shelo yigamer l'olam: The construction of composite identities in the Jewish community of Iquitos, Peru, Beatrice Waterhouse, Mills College

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An Analysis of Opposing Feminist Views of Sex Work: Is it the woman’s choice? In Kolkata, West Bengal, India, Julia Webster, Gordon College

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La Visibilización: El Desarrollo del Femicidio como un Problema Social en Argentina Según el Estado y las Organizaciones Civiles, Maggie Wetzel, DePauw Univeristy

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Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy in Rural Maharashtra: a Preventative Approach to Risk Factor Reduction through Lifestyle Interventions, Jess Wiken, University of Puget Sound

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Trends in Nectar Concentration and Hummingbird Visitation: Investigating different variables in three flowers of the Ecuadorian Cloud Forest: Guzmania jaramilloi, Gasteranthus quitensis, and Besleria solanoides, Sophie Wolbert, Scripps College

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“La guerra de los centavos” y contratos sociales: Los impactos del desarrollo del Sistema Intermodal de Transporte Urbano en Loja, Ecuador / "The war of the cents" and social contracts: The impacts of the development of the Intermodal Urban Transportation System in Loja, Ecuador, Will Yetvin, Carleton College

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A Study of Defensive Mechanisms Employed by Two Species of Nudibranchs using Toxicity and Unpalatability Analyses, Sean Youn, Rice University

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A Study of Defensive Mechanisms Employed by Two Species of Nudibranchs using Toxicity and Unpalatability Analyses, Sean Youn, Rice University

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The Autonomy of Chinese Migrants Despite Structural and Social Determinants, Helen Yu, Duke University

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“It’s Not the Pride Parade Model”: Investigating Changes in Queer Activist Practices in Sarajevo after 2008, Matthew Zarenkiewicz, Villanova University

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Self Sufficiency in Refugees, Sarah Zayed, Indiana University

Submissions from 2015

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Mari et femme, sous Dieu: L’Évangile du genre dans le mariage chrétien camerounais, Allison Aaronson, Tufts University

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The Kakawin Sutasoma: A Look at ‘Bhinneka Tunggal Ika’ & Perceptions of the Text’s Religious Implications, Hana Aghababian, Gettysburg College

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The F Word: An analysis of the perceptions and performance of feminisms amongst five Black, Xhosa women living in Langa, Victoria Chigozie Akah, Columbia University

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Bleaching, disease, and colonization: The ecology of coral health in southeastern Nosy Be, Madagascar, Luella Allen-Waller, Swarthmore College

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Babies First: Ensuring Proper Infant Nutrition During Emergencies, Abigail M. Alonso, Washington University in Saint Louis

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Recursos y servicios disponibles para personas afectadas por el uso de agroquímicos tóxicos en Avia Terai, Chaco, Argentina / Resources and services that are available to people who are affected by the use of toxic agrochemicals in Avia Terai, Chaco, Argentina, David Andersen, Tulane University

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Exploring Cape Malay Identity Through the Lens of Food, Allyson Ang, Wellesley College

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Barriers to Prevention and Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A Qualitative Analysis of Women in East Sikkim, India, Emily Applewhite, Occidental College

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The Traumatic State of Psychology: An Investigation of the Challenges Psychologists Face When Aiming to Help Trauma Survivors in Post-Apartheid South Africa, Rohan Arcot, Hamilton College

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PRO, navegando un nuevo tipo de político: estrategias para atraer votantes / PRO, Navigating a New Type of Politics: Strategies to Attract Votes, Bailey Armstrong, Bulter University

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The Social Institution and Inscription of Child Marriage in the Terai Region of Nepal, Alexandra Baer Chan, Columbia University

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How We Saved Ourselves: A Look at the Positive Coping Strategies the Orphans of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsis Implemented During Bereavement, Gregory Barber, Morehouse College

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Analysis of Traditional Medicine in Zanzibar, Tanzania, Jessica Baylor, Lafayette College

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I’m Black and I’m Proud… and Female: The Role of Gender and Black Consciousness for Black Female UCT Students in Social Movements in Cape Town., Aaliyah Michele Bell, Colby College

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Challenges to Cultural Heritage Interpretation and Preservation at the Falemata’aga, the Museum of Samoa, Elizabeth Bennett, Vassar College

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“No somos ratones”: La negociación de disciplina, democracia y derechos en la convivencia escolar Un estudio etnográfico del Liceo Confederación Suiza, Daniel Bergerson, Columbia University

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La Bicicultura de Cochabamba: ¿La Bici es de Todos?, Lucy Bergwall, Williams College

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The Power of the We: An Autoethnographic Exploration of Attitudes Towards Exercise in a Cato Manor Workout Group, Serena Bernthal-Jones, Carleton College

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FIGHTING FOR THE RIGHT TO BREATHE: EXPLORING PERSPECTIVES OF ENVIRONMENAL THREATS IN THE SOUTH DURBAN BASIN, Kayleigh Bhangdia, Colgate University

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Transracial Adoption in Cape Town, South Africa: The Perspectives of Black Young Adults, Emma Bilodeau, Bates College

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Meditating on Mountain Bikes, Sam Bowen, Skidmore College

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Tipping Point: A Study of Tourism and Development in Cizhong, Collin Bradley, University of Minnesota

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Accord Internship: A South African Ngo’s Approach to Peacekeeping in 2015, Jimmy Bromley, Occidental College

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Fighting the Obesity Epidemic: Challenges and Ethics, Grace Brown, Franklin & Marshall College

Sense of Place and The Australian Landscape in Poems and Photographs, Margot Bruder, Colby College

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I’m Not A Fishermen, I Don’t Sell Fish, I’m Not Even A Fish: The MicroEconomy of Fish within the Formal and Informal Markets of Mwanza, Austin Brush, Tufts University

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Práctica habitual de los médicos del Hospital de Niños Dr. Ricardo Gutiérrez, Cuidad Autonomía de Buenos Aires, Argentina, en el tratamiento de la otitis media aguda en niños. Enfoque en el uso de antibióticos. /The usual practice of acute otitis media in children by the Hospital de Niños Dr. Ricardo Gutiérrez in the city of Buenos Aires with a focus on the use of antibiotics as treatment, Kali Marie Burkhardt, Oregon State University

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Investigating Barriers to Early Cancer Detection for Rural Indian Women: A Qualitative Analysis of Cancer Outreach in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, Blair Burnett, University of North Carolina

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Youth Perceptions and Engagement with the Moroccan State’s Promotion of Sufism, Katherine Butler-Dines, Georgetown University

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The Inspired Shes Podcast: The stories of the Female Voice in Hip Hop, Liz Butler, University of Denver

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Abortion in Brazil - Todo mundo faz: An Analysis of Social Movements and Social Support for the Liberalization of Brazil’s Abortion Law in Salvador, Brazil, Maria Camila Caicedo, George Washington University

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Coming to Terms with the Limited Body: The Role of Physical Therapy in Improving Self-esteem of Stroke Survivors in Salvador-Bahia, Brazil, Ninghe Cai, Bryn Mawr College

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Where the Plains and Hills Collide: Understanding Nepal’s Political Tension Through Tharus in Chitwan, Cameron Calato, University of New Hampshire

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Construyendo un mundo sin violencia machista: Los aportes de las organizaciones de mujeres en Nicaragua para transformar la cultura machista y prevenir la violencia, Grace Carballo, University of Southern California

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The Role of Grupo Nzinga de Capoeira Angola in the Empowerment and Development of Children from the Community of Alto da Sereia, Mariana Cardona, George Washington University

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Witnesses to Revolution, Colleen Cassingham, Northwestern University

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El rol del parto mapuche en el mundo de la medicina moderna / THE ROLE OF MAPUCHE BIRTH IN A WORLD OF MODERN MEDICINE, Nita Chai, Macalester College

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Tracking the Elephant (Lexodonta africana) Corridor and the Human-Wildlife Conflict in Selela Village, Nicole Chlebek and Laura Stalter, Illinois Wesleyan University / University of Vermont

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The Curious Case of Solu Khumbu: A Study of the Effects of Tourism in the Town of Junbesi, Hannah Cho, College of William and Mary

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Between the Cracks of Contemporary Dutch Discourse: Being an LGBTQ Muslim in the Netherlands, Christine Choi, Davidson College

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Talking Mirrors: Experiences of Older Transgender Adults and Culturally Competent Mental Healthcare Profes-sionals with Talk Therapy in the Netherlands, Kate Cieplicki, Hamilton College

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Deconstructing Unmade Examining the capacity of Ayurveda to address India’s mental health crisis, Cassie Sutten Coats, Brown University