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 2014

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

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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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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

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

Submissions from 2012

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Regenerative Entrepreneurship, Matthew Abrams

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Thirsting For Justice: A Campaign to Educate and Mobolize Palestinian Youth to Advocate For Water Rights, Ashraf Ashqar

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Making Changes and Coming Full Circle: A Look at How Women Farmers in Oregon and Washington Define Their Own Identities, Realities, and Contributions, Courtney Bauman

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It Will Be an Ugly Winter (Again) This Year: A Case Study of the Vermont Community Action Partnership's Perennial Fight for Low-Income Fuel Assistance Programs, Elizabeth H. Bennett

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Revolutionary Ideology in the Information Age: Technology of the Occupy Wall Street Movement, Jed D. Blume

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Northern Lights: Fourth World Nations and the Geopolitical Dance in the Arctic, Heidi G. Bruce

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"The Need for Nature: Exploring Youth Leadership Development through Outdoor Activities", Margaret A. Dudley

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Decommissioning Orleans Parish Prison: A Campaign to Build a Safer New Orleans / One Local Policy Step to Dismantle the Prison Industrial Complex, Tara M. Echo

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In what ways does research-based gender-specific youth programming affect girls’ development post-program?, Alaina Ennamorati

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American Ways: A Course in Contemporary U.S. Culture for International Students, Christopher D. Fitch

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The First Generation Community: What Does It Mean to be a Youth Member?, Elissa M. Gallup

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Learning to inform action: Most Significant Change technique as a tool to build evaluative capacity at Tostan, Sarah Harris

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Community Development Challegnes in Rural Guatemala, Maryam Jamali

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Mountain Movement: The Design, Implementation, & Evaluation of a Youth Yoga Program, Abigail A. Long

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The Californians Against Sexual Exploitation (CASE) Act: A Case Study in Policy Advocacy, Bailey Mannisto-Ichés

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Unlocking the Roots of Stigma Towards Victims of Trafficking in Albania, Dana L. Marion

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How Do Corporate Philosophies Of Japanese Companies Influence Their Practice Of The Base Of The Economic Pyramid (BOP) Business And The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)?, Akane Matsumoto

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Twin Oaks: A Case Study of an Intentional Egalitarian Community, Katharina F. McCarty

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On the Road to Internationalization: Designing an International Student Handbook for Northern New Mexico College, Sara M. McCormick

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The Transition Movement in Putney, Vermont: Building Social and Economic Resilience, With a Focus on Putney Farmers’ Market, Sombat Moontha

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Chronic Child Neglect: CYS Staff Perspectives on Repeat Clients, Erin M. Murphy

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How Can An Organization Use the Differences in Behavior and Perception of Its Members to Build Collaborative Relationships? - A Case Study on an Ethiopia-Japan Cross-Cultural Organization for Development -, Akie Nawa

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The Meeting School: An Alternative Mode of Education, Hallel Parsons

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A Lone Nut in Compton:Lessons in Community Engagement with TreePeople in South Los Angeles, Jason Schlatter

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Strength in Numbers? Creating a Peacebuilding Network in Rwanda, Dan Shamblin

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Training Parent Volunteers As Effective Allies In Youth Empowerment Programs, Ria Shroff

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Incentivized HIV Testing--Is It Needed and Effective? Developing an Evaluation Tool, Dawn Spellman

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Branding Lazos de Amor: Importance and Challenges of Branding Small Non-Profits, The Journey Towards a Better Brand., Sugey Terrero

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A Mission-Driven Organization Case Study: The Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation, Laura R. Thomas

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How is the Most Segregated City in the Country Addressing Disproportionate Minority Contact with a Juvenile Burglary Restorative Justice Program and What Implications Exist for Community Based Restorative Circles? : Conflict Analysis and Recommendations, Lauren Thrift

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Thinking Beyond Borders: Critical Pedagogy in a Neoliberal Economy, Sarah E. White

Submissions from 2011

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Paradise Lost, Found Or Created? Expectations Between Teachers And Vulnerable Children: Case Study On Peace House Secondary School, Northern Tanzania, Kelli Bee

Racial Minorities in the Nonprofit Field: A Reflection on the Field and Personal Experience, Victoria Der

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‘It’s Not Justice, It’s Economic’: The United States, Aid And The Neoliberalization Of The Occupation, Jora Ehrlich

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Experiences With Peace Corps’ Third Goal: Perspectives Of Peace Corps Mali Volunteers, Elizabeth N. Gardiner

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Perceptions of Access to Education: Inclusion and Exclusion for Non-Karen Refugees in Mae La Camp, Matthew Gross

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Positive Discomfort: Structured Student Reflection in International Service-Based Programs: A Social Justice Curriculum, Stephanie K. Kraemer

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Peace Corps Paraguay’s Diversity Day: A Reflection On Diversity In The Context Of Peace Corps Service, Laara Manler

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention: In Search Of The Best Program Model, Melissa McCrory

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Strategic Planning In A Nonprofit Organization: The Process And Its Perceived Impact On Effectiveness, Welansa Akalu Mekonnen

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Faith In Action: A Snapshot Of Fair Trade Program Initiatives By Catholic Churches In The Brooklyn And Queens Dioceses, Yvette Mendes

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Collaboration As Social Change: The Impact Of Schools As Community Centers, Maggie Morales

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The Campaign For Bias-Free Policing In Vermont: One State’s Resistance To The Localization Of Federal Immigration Agency, Amanda L. Park

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The Insecurity of “Secure Communities”: A Case Study of an Advocacy Campaign To Protect Immigrant Rights in Santa Barbara, CA, Tina Pia Peirano

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Experiences In Coexistence and Anti-Normalization Phenomenological Case Study: Arab Alumni Of The Arava, Lauren Rauch

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Vaya Pues: A Case Study Exploring Sustainability, Intercultural Management, And Recycling In Honduras, Chad Ryerson

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Developing Intercultural Sensitivity In Children And Adults: A Trainer’s Experiences In The Field, Laura E. Schairbaum

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Beyond Heard: Young Adults in North Kivu, Eastern Democratic Republic Of Congo, Their Resilience and Role in Peacebuilding., Cynthia Tarter

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Strategic Planning For A Multi-Organization Nonprofit Entity: A Case Study Of The Connecticut Boys & Girls Clubs’ 2007-2008 Strategic Planning Process, Jill Terrell-Ouazzani

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Long-Term Food Security In Kenya: Opportunities And Challenges To Implementing The U.S. Feed The Future Program, Faustine Wabwire

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The Global Citizen Revisited: Building Critical Conciousness In Youth Volunteering Abroad, Anna Welton

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The Role of Youth in Post-Conflict Reconstruction (The Case of Liberia), Marit Woods

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Managing Muliticultural and Diverse Teams Within an International Organization, Ahmed Ibrahim Yansaneh Mr

Submissions from 2010

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Women as Change Agents and the Influence of Education on Their Approach to Social Change: Illustration of Four Female SIT Graduates, Yetunde Oluyemisi Ajao

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Defining Diversity: Exploring the Role of “Diversity” in Major Organizations, Julianne Appleton

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Constructing Confidence: Discovering the Benefits of Girls’ Empowerment Programming, Deborah L. Attewell

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Increasing Intercultural Competence in Fort Wayne Communities: My Experience as a Change Agent, Mastora Bakhiet

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Helping Do Gooders Do Better: An Exploration into the Compassion Fatigue, Vicarious Traumatization, and Burnout that Direct Service Providers Experience in the Fields of Domestic & Sexual Violence Advocacy, Becky S. Bangs

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An Examination Of How Refugee Resettlement Affects The Experiences Of Karen Female Refugees That Remain On The Thai/Burma Border, Abigail Behrends

A Description of Strategic Performance Measurement in a Citizen Service Organization, Robert Quentin Benedict

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A Logical Framework For Partnership For The Advancement And Immersion Of Refugees (P.A.I.R), Maria Burke

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Human-Centered Organizational Design: How commitment can change our planet, Christopher Burley

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Some Best Advocacy Practices In The Fight Against Hiv/Aids In Mali, West Africa, Fode Sory Camara

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Perspectives and Issues of Youth Activism, Anna Gail L. Caunca

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The Scourge of Human Trafficking: Responses by NGOs & Government Agencies – With Special Focus on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking In the United States, Brandon William Christopher Coberly

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Corporate Social Responsibility in Hotels: How CSR Programs are Developed and Implemented, Matthew Courtland

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How Does Knowledge Management Impact Sustainability, Benjamin Dewberry

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Reversing the Brain Drain, Hamady Dia

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BUILDING CAPACITIES TO INCREASE SUSTAINABILITY: A project management analysis of ONE MOLDOVA - ONE WORLD 2, Erin Elizabeth Erickson

A Strategic Plan for a Community Based Organization, The Vollintine Evergreen Community Association, Marcus George Falion

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A Case Study of Child Trends: Research as the Backbone of Policy, Megan Fletcher

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Strategic-Management Of Service-Learning In Higher Education: Trends Of Private Four-Year Institutions, Audra Grady

Cultural Learning of Canadian Students Participating in the “Teaching Across Borders – National Volunteer Center Program”, Clayton Harrington

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Everybody’s Challenge While We Are Waiting: Exploring Committed Partnerships in Order to Deliver Quality Education in a Safe Learning Environment for Congolese Refugee Students in Rwanda, Daydon B.M. Harvey

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Strategic Questioning Used As A Community Development And Coalition-Building Tool: An Inquiry Process With Peace Corps Volunteers In Ecuador, Lesley Heyl

An Examination of a Training and Development Program for Empowering Civil Society and Community Based Organizations toward Community Sustainability in the Gambia, Salieu Sireh Jallow

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Giving Back the Grace of Understanding: Forgiveness in the Absence of Acknowledgment by the Perpetrator: Advice for the Armenian People From Survivors of Mass Violence and Extreme Abuse, Hope Jinishian

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Culture and Identity Expressed through Fashion: A Process Design to enhance the SIT Graduate Institute Multicultural Fashion Show, Sarah Jones

A Case Study On Intra-Organizational Cooperation: Combining Resources To Leverage Impact, Talia Aliza Levin Kaplan

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Moved by Motivation: Middle School Learners: An Analysis of Theories of Motivation and Learning Relating to the Development of Socially Responsible Curriculum, Sara Mazzucca Kattam

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Love-Based Accountability: Lessons Learned From the Environmental Service Learning Initiative, Ei Ei Khin

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Knowing Whats White: Eurocentrism In The Middle School Curriculum- Teachers' Perceptions, Anne Koplinka-Loehr

Women’s Rights at Stake: Examination of the U.S. History and Policy of Women’s Reproductive Health and Justice, Shan-Jan Sarah Liu