The Capstone Paper is written by students in the SIT Graduate Institute Master of Arts degree programs. Capstones reassess theoretical knowledge in light of professional experience in the form of a final research paper, incorporating both classroom knowledge and practicum based experience.

The full-text of papers written prior to July 2011 in the Capstone Collection are limited to SIT and other World Learning faculty, staff, students, and alumni. If you are not affiliated with SIT or World Learning and want access to these papers contact your local library and ask about requesting the hard copy on interlibrary loan. Full-text papers written after July 2011 are openly accessible to the public.

Due to copyright restrictions some papers are not available full-text electronically. World Learning affiliated students and staff can check these papers out of the library or, if you are off-campus, request them via interlibrary loan

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Submissions from 2017

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The Principles of Universal Design for Learning implemented in a non-profit organization: The Discovery Center., Rose Albert

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Ndoto Au Ota: Jifundishe's Strategic Planning Process: A Case Study of an Appreciative Approach to the Strategic Planning Process for a Small NGO, Margaret Bearor

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Adopting Organizational Learning Systems at the Field Level of International NGOs, Rebecca Beauregard

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Listening: Projects for the Self and Social Action, Thomas Boyd

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Preventative Community Policing in Immigrant Communities, Carole Chopi

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The Heart of Basketball: A Dynamic and Transformative Program Design for Chinese Youth, Jayson Gilbert

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Through the Phoropter: A reflective analysis of one practitioner’s attempt to sequence social and emotional learning competencies into an experiential learning program, Stephanie A. Globus-Hoenich

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WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT: SUPPORTING WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT IN SUKHBAATAR, MONGOLIA: A Qualitative and Quantitative Study of Women in Sukhbaatar Province, Mongolia To Understand The Need for and Opportunities for Women’s Empowerment, Tunga Hellstrom

Establishing Cross-Cultural Trust: Exploring the Process of Building Facilitated Connections, Taylor MacDonald

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The World Watches: How Media Coverage of American Police Violence Influences The Perspectives of South Louisiana's Community Members, Jahi J. Mackey

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Training the Masses: Cultural Competency Training: ethics and practices of sharing training designs for others to facilitate: Reflections and Recommendations, Jess K. McCue

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The Heart of Experience: The Education of a Practitioner's Journey, Tai Mesches

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Connecting Beyond The Circle: A Restorative Approach in Co-Creating a Safe Space for Social Justice Education at UTEC, Nikki F. Pelonia

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MORE WOMEN IN PARLIAMENT: ADVOCACY LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE GEORGIAN WOMEN’S TASK FORCE ON POLITICAL PARTICIPATION, Emma Shattuck

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Sustainable Tourism Study through Solimar International, S silongwengjia

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Bridges Out of Poverty as an Anti-Poverty Strategy in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, Katlyn M. Uhler

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Exploring the Strengths and Challenges of Co-creation of Impact Assessments/ Analysis In Rural Communities: Focus: Hotel con Corazón in Granada, Nicaragua, Johanna Q. Ulseth

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An Exploration of Participant-Facilitator Relationships: An Introduction and Application of the Learning Relationships Indicator to High 5 Adventure Learning Center’s Edge of Leadership Program, Anne Louise Wagner

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ARMENIA’S SOCIAL SECTOR: AN ANALYSIS OF ARMENIA’S NONPROFITS, P L. Wierikko

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Empowering women health care providers in rural Tibet, Jampa Xiangbalacuo

Submissions from 2016

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Diversity Training Workshop Series: How to Learn and Interact within a Diverse Community, Katherine Mabel Bernal

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KickAct: the Implementation & Evaluation of a Youth Empowerment & Leadership Program, Crystal M. Denny

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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?: Food Inequlaity and Black Americans, Christina Foster

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Building Creative Capacity in Conservationists: One Facilitator’s Exploration of Training and Art in Belize, Adriana Guzman

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How to Decolonize a Classroom, Celeste C. Hayes

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How did cross-cultural dynamics impact decision-making during the revision, endorsement, and implementation of the United Nation’s International Search and Rescue Guidelines? And how was cross-cultural bias overcome?, Melanie Jennings

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My Neighborhood Is Changing: Positive Youth Development in the Historic Near East Side, Fevean N. Keflom

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Youth media and social change: Using digital storytelling as a tool that engages youth to become change agents, Soufiane Khebbaz

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Organizing for Women and Children: Advocating for the ‘Reach Every Mother and Child’ Campaign, Laura E. Leslie

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Organizational Analysis: Union Kitchen, Davita Louie

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Relationship Between Preponderance of ADHD in the African American Community and How Teachers are Trained to Type Students as ADHD, E Madison

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Motives and Methods of Social Mobilization in Rural Senegal, Antonia Morzenti

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Incorporating Experiential Theory into Virtual Strategic Planning Processes, Chris Perkins

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Beyond the Three Delays: A Case Study of Haiti's Maternal Health Sector, Stephanie Rapp

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The Influence of Social Media in Egypt during The Arab Spring, Nicole Reed

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Community Viability and Marine Conservation: Hybrid Resource Management and the Role of the Coral Triangle Center on Pulau Ay, Indonesia, Jerica Rossi

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BiblioWorks: Advocating For The Creation Of Libraries For Children In Chuquisaca, Bolivia, Jhasmany Saavedra

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The University of Hawaii at Hilo: National Student Exchange Four-Part Workshop for the Outgoing Students at The University of Hawaii at Hilo, Kadian Shaw

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ANYWHERE AND EVERYWHERE: Third Cultured Kids and Their ‘Stabilizing Factors’, Aman D. Singh Mr.

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Effective General Entrepreneurial Learning Programs for SME Development, Paul Kenneth Steele

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Movements, Moments, and Movement-Moments: Generational Approaches to Organizing for Social Change, Carissa Tinker

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Fortaleza's Immigrant Song: Portrait-Narratives and an Identity Needs Analysis of Recent Immigrants' Lived Experiences, Carl Weitz-Santiago

Submissions from 2015

Research Analysis from a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer: How U.S. Foreign Policy Decisions Impact Agroforestry Sustainable Development Projects Implemented in a Rural West African Village, Katerina A. Barnes

Leadership and Community Development Initiatives of the Agency for Refugee Education, Skills Training and Advocacy’s (ARESTA) Community Education Campaign: A Leadership, Coalition and Community Building Course Linked Capstone, Nicole M. Baynard

GLOW: Planning An Azerbaijani Girls' Leadership Camp, Jessica Beck

An assessment of the needs of Palestinian Elderly in the West Bank: A Snap Shot of Service Delivery Provision to Older Palestine Refugees in Four Camps, Jennifer Natasha Bido

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Utopian Visions in Radical Communities: Burning Man, Anthony J. Colella Sir

Asbestos Management and Non-profit Action in Macedonia, Spencer Fain

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Understanding how Culture Impacts the Potential for Urban Gardens to Increase Access to Healthy Food A Qualitative Study of Food Access in North Milwaukee, Kristen Fledderjohn

Cross-Cultural Facilitation Skills in a Curriculum Design Project: Collaborative Learning for Social Change in the Republic of Macedonia, Lurdes Hernandez Hernandez

Internationalizing Housing The internationalization plan for housing international students within the ten residential colleges at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Mirabai Hutton

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Reframing Inclusion: Cross-cultural interventions for families with Deaf children in Swaziland, Pamela Keilig

The Future of INGOs: A Qualitative Case Study of Save the Children, Cristina M. Kowarick

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Reinventing the Role of Children and Youth in Post-Conflict Peacebuilding, Amirah M. Alias

STEP RIGHT UP! : Using Circus Arts in Youth Peacebuilding Programs, Rachel Marr

The Effect of Service-Learning on Social Identity Development: The Impact Scholars Program, Kylie McCreesh

Educating and Empowering Rhode Island's Youth in Becoming the Next Generation of Leaders for Social Change and Justice., Lily McKay

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Travel Tales: the role of storytelling in abroad experience and healing, Colleen N. McMurray

Mandated Literacy Curricula: Teachers’ Perceptions of Fundations in the K-3 Classroom, Maresa E. Nielson

TOWARDS A COHESIVE CIVIL RESISTANCE-ORIENTED PROGRAMS IN PALESTINE, Ayman A M Nijim Mr.

Policy Recommendations for Michigan Promise Zones, Shantel E. Reynolds

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Spoken Language to be Embraced and Avoided Around Disability: Words That Impact Identity and Sense of Achievement, Jessica M. Rodrigues

Implementing a Strategic Planning Process into a Non-Profit Organization (PH) for Developing Long Term Goal-Oriented Approaches to Programming and Organizational Health, Hannah Taliaferro

Sport as an Innovative Approach for Youth Development and Empowerment, Benafsha Tasmim

Case Studies in Sustainable Development Abroad with ProWorld Service Corps., Tavia L. Trulson

Modifying the Virginia Regulated Investor-Owned Utility Model for the Common Good, Steven J. Williams

Submissions from 2014

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Maximizing the Benefits of Short-Term International Programs: Student Engagement and Reentry Guide for Global Routes Students and Leaders, Susanna Adams

Social Return on Investment Methodology- To Justify, Track, and Manage Socio-Economic Development Investments in Madagascar, Christopher Carazas

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Communicating Climate Change: A National Security Framework, Stacy Casey

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A Student Assessment in Value of Cooperative Education Curriculum Integrated Through Character Development: The Greenwood School, Rebecca Clarke

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Preparing Teen Girls to Enter the Workforce through a Job-Readiness Training Program in the Dominican Republic, Genevieve F. Corrin

Social Justice Education and the Politics of Reform, William Crawford

Measuring the Empowerment of Indigenous Communities in Southern Mexico: The Development of a Monitoring & Impact Evaluation Plan for Yo’onik Learning Center, Devin Graves

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Leading Happiness: Leadership and Happiness at Work in Certified B Corporations, A Qualitative Study of Leaders and Employees To Understand The Influence of Shared Leadership on Worker Happiness within Certified Benefit Corporations, Travis Hellstrom

Dialogue Project Program Evaluation and Assessment, Tam Huynh

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International Migration and Intercultural Shifts: African American Women Moving Abroad to Teaching ESL, LaChahn Jones

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Building a Better LGBTQ Toolkit: Interventions to Support LGBTQ Youth in YouthBuild Programs, Aidan Kostenko

What's White Privilege Got to Do With It? A Contemporary Understanding of Students' of Color Experiences in Higher Education, Cindy Lo

Best, Two out of Three: The Use of Competition in Youth Camp Programming, Laura Marrocco

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A Vision of Capitalism, as it was Meant to be: A Social Purpose Business plan for FoodShed Productions, August Miller

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Playing for Peace: Building relationships between Ugandan and refugee youth through football3 at Soccer Without Borders Uganda, Jean-Christophe Moran

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Language Diversity in Trainings: Analyzing the Use of English in a Writeshop Process, Elis Cardoso Motta

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Engaging in Social Justice with Toddlers, Susan M. Nasiombe

The Effectiveness of Experiential Learning in Health Promotion: Three Case Studies Looking at Innovative Initiatives in India, Alison Proctor

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Creating a Community of Support: An Evaluation of the Healing for Educational Achievement Resource Team, Ann M. Quintrell

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Collaboration in Cambodia: Are anti-trafficking agencies working together?, Heather Richardson

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Adult Third Culture Kids: Does their Concept of Home Have an Impact on Their Career Paths?, Kelly B. Wisecarver

Submissions from 2013

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The Value of Nongovernmental Free Vocational Training in Vietnam; The Opportunities and Barriers in Teaching Japanese Cooking Skills to Disadvantaged Vietnamese Youth, Koji Asada

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Global Duos: An Internationally-Minded Reflection and Mentorship Program for International Students and Study Abroad Returnees, Amanda C. Batista

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For the Love of Music: A Story of Organizational Culture and Change, Malii Brown

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Hiring Onsite Field Staff Members in Education Abroad: A Case Study of International Field Studies, Leslie Callihan

Identity Politics: Building an Image without Sacrificing an Organization’s Brand - Creating a Foundation for Appropriate and Sustainable Social Marketing, Shannon Chaney

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The Remittance Intentions of Second-Generation Ghanaian-Americans, Kirstie Kwarteng

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After the Sugarcane: A Case Study of Community Development in Rural Dominican Republic, Heidi Larr

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Advocacy for Reproductive Justice in Miami-Dade County Schools: Planning a Campaign to Influence Sex Education Policies, Lisi Lau

Learning to Learn: How International NGOs Can Become Learning Organizations, Erin Martin

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Reexamining Cultural Orientation Provided to Newly Arrived Refugees, Sara E. Matchulat

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Burma: Worlds's Longest Ongoing Civil War-An Exploration of NGO Free Burma Rangers Philosophy and Collective Identity and its Effect on the Ethnic Burmese in Promoting Peace, Larry D. Stratton

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Exploring the History and Challenges of Monitoring and Evaluation in International Nongovernmental Organizations: Complemented by Intern Experience at Save the Children USA, Scott Toscano

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A Tale of Two Trusts: A Case Study of the Consolidation of Two Community Land Trust Affordable Housing Organizations in Vermont, Isaac I. Wagner