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 2003

Is Spiritual Development Acceptable Development: A Case Study of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement in Sri Lanka, Nathan Shulkin

Public Statements Following 9/11: Making the Case for an NGO Mission in a Politically Divisive Context, Shannon Simrell

The role of emigrants in Cabo Verde's development process, Ana Lisa S. Sliva

Institutionalizing and financing global public goods : practice and possibilities, Bridget Leigh Snell

Fair trade : a better model for north-south economic cooperation, Douglas L. Snyder

The perception of the first-generation and new-generation Amerasians on the factors that help and hinder their integration into mainstream Korean society, Gae Hee Song

Evaluating Indigenous Resource Use in the Kanuku Mountains, Susan Stone

Class in the classroom : high school student discourse in the context of a six-week curricular unit on class issues and the evolution of students' perspectives on class, David J. Stucker

The decline of handicraft production since 1970 in Nigeria, Rebecca J. Talaga

Commercializing coffee : small scale cooperatives in Chiapas, Mexico and their struggle for survival, Christopher J. Treter

Indigenous Conflict Resolution Practices Among the Kpelle People of Bong County, Liberia, West Africa, S. Tornorlah S. Varpilah

NGO capacity-building in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lillian C. Wahl

The education and liberation of the poor in community organizing : the personal growth and transformation of leaders in the Anti-Displacement Project (A-DP), Lindsey Walker-Estrada

Re-establishing family structures affected by HIV/AIDS : is there hope? Zimbabwe case study, Catharine M. Wilkins

Key competencies of youth empowerment through issue-oriented theater (IOT), Shinobu Yagi

How does family assist in cross-cultural adaptations?, Sara Young-Singh

Submissions from 2002

Colour, culture and identity : a case study of Somali youth in their adaptation and integration process in the greater Toronto area, Zuber Ali

Giving patterns of Filipino evangelicals and their implications for developing fund raising strategies of evangelical-based non-governmental organizations, Lucy V. Arboleda

Brief historical overview of the Palestinian issue and the context of Palestinian medical professionals in Lebanon, Maha M. Ayoub

The practice of community building at SIT : how they support the educational goals of students, Edeluisa M. Baguio-Larena

Investing in social capital to achieve effective partnerships : a study in Malawi, Steven J. Baines

Building a Sustainable Community Economy via Energy Efficiency, Awareness, and the Use of Alternative Technology and Ideas, Thomas Gerard Barwick

Incorporating Disability into the International Development Curriculum: Exploring Students’ Exposure to Disability in International Development Studies, Katherine Beck

Proper management of an AIDS service organization in Zimbabwe : making caring for carers a priority, Chiara Bistarelli

Extranjera artists as catalysts for social change : Chiapas, Mexico, Amy Dickinson Broberg

Internationalizing curriculum in rural Wisconsin : challenges and strengths, Denise Buckbee

International service-learning and community involvement for U.S. institutions of higher education, Denise Cope

The relationship between the unresolved grief of five adolescents at the Academy at Swift River and their internationally mobile lifestyles, Kim Davidson

Botswana and the HIV/AIDS Epidemic, Chele DeGruccio

Root Causes of Negative Attitudes Formed by Expatriate English Instructors toward their Japanese Managers and How Relationships between the Two Might Be Improved, Joseph Robert Donaldson

A just workplace and living wage for the lowest paid staff of Catholic Relief Services/Cameroon, Samantha Ellis

Professional development abroad at Red Rocks Community College, Elizabeth S. Fanton

Can Arable Land Be Increased and Sustained in the Highlands of South Arabia through the Rehabilitation of Abandoned Agricultural Terraces?: A Yemen Case Study, Kyle Foster

Attitude toward German Prisoner of War Camps in America, Leston M.J. Freeman

Institute for International Sport : an empowerment approach, Katie Gilbertson

Polly-Shomaj : problems in mobilizing public local resources and overcoming steps, an in-depth look, Md. Hamiduzzaman

An Evaluation of NGO-Government Relationships in Bangladesh, M. Mossaber Hossain

Simulations : more than just a game?, Catherine A, Huber

Let’s! Tokyo A Look at Western Expatriate Success and Post-Arrival Trainings in Tokyo, Meriah Hudson

The cultural adjustment process of Bosnian refugees, Sharon Alice Kennedy

The Creation of Hybrid Delivery Courses at the School for International Training: A Case Study of the Organizational Management Intensive Residence and Online Courses, Laura C. Klimpel

The impact of culture on the Art & Soul experience : expressive arts in a multicultural environment, Susan Kohm

Temporary Land Retirement as an Agri-Environmental Policy Tool, Cara Laubach

Host culture perception of a study abroad program and its impact on the community, Julie Levy

The role of non-governmental organizations in the election-monitoring process, Soraja Lofstrom

How to gain entry into the DC Latino community : a gap analysis of the cultural styles of the National Chapter of the American Red Cross and the DC Latino community, Laura Louise Luce

Race, gender and the African American women's study abroad experience in Spain, Khadijah Luqman

The new Spanish-speaking workforce : employers' experiences in Memphis, Shelby Howell Mallory

Violent images in a fragile place, Peter S. May

African-American leadership in the Episcopal diocese of western North Carolina, Sarah Toy McArdle

Exploring the impact of international faculty development seminars on teaching, Tjede Merlini McVey

A situation analysis of orphanages & residential institutions for the developmentally disabled community in Armenia, Nicholas McVoy

The Al-Aqsa Intifada : the implications for the Oslo peace process and grassroots peace-building intervention, Danielle Helene Meshorer

Study abroad and development : the effect of U.S. study abroad programs on participants' development perspectives, Kimberly M. Miller

How to Fulbright scholars measure mutual understanding?, Tracy Morrison

Climate change policymaking in Romania : where to begin?, Krista Muddle

Values and beliefs of Romanian NGO staff as compared to values and beliefs they attribute to Americans, Pamela Jean Niesl

The dynamics and transformation of cultural difference between U.S. American and Japanese workers in the bicultural environment : how cultural orientation impacts on identity, Yasue Nishinaka

Factors influencing University of North Dakota students not to study abroad, Daniel T. O'Brien

Micro-finance in Kenya : is micro-finance in Kenya a tool for social change?, Joyce Omondi

Using the experiential learning cyle in the context of international adoption, Rachel Payne

Working with the Enemy: When Members of a Staff Were Once on Opposite Sides of a War, what Tools can the Manager Employ to Diminish Animosity and Create an Effective Work Environment?, Patricia Persad

Working children unite : measuring the effects of Bhima Sangha through the eyes of its child members, Eli Pollard

The Future of Karen Education after Repatriation: (A Burmese Ethnic Minority’s Hope for Education after Repatriation), Kelle Marin Rivers

The significance of storytelling in primary schools in Cambodia : setting goals for the next five-year plan, Kamakura Sachiko

Gender In Development – How Peace Corps Incorporates Gender into its Planning Process for Project Identification in West Africa., Idrissa Sall

YouthBuild participants and international service-learning : PILLARS, the Program for International Leadership, Learning, Action, Reflection and Service, Eric Scott

A Truth and Reconciliation Committee for Rwanda, Joseph K. Sebarenzi

Southeast Asian women, migration, and HIV vulnerability, Angelika Siaw

Adjustment challenges in Thai students' lives while doing graduate study in the United States of America, Sojirat Singholka

A Case Study of Organizational Communication in a Multicultural US Corporation and Its Effect on the Bottom Line, Lori Sloate

Guatemalan teacher empowerment : reaching further than the classroom, Matthew Solomon

The impact of culture on management practices : a comparative study of Brazil and Argentina, Joia Fontenele Souza

Gender sensitivity and PROSHIKA, Jashim Uddin

Impacts on participants of an island study abroad program in London, England, Paige M. Weting

Submissions from 2001

“Disadvantaged” Youth in AmeriCorps: Building the Ethic of Service, Kiarash Afcari

Study Abroad and Education Majors: A Vital Connection, Mary Lynn Allen

School for International Training Global Partnership: Assessment of the Performance of Legal Aid Clinics of BRAC: An In-Depth Look, Kamrul Aman

How to Keep Your Immigrant Employees? The Case of the Russian-Speaking Immigrants at C&S Wholesale Grocers, Vasyl Y. Ananyev

International Students and Internationalization: Interactions between International and U.S. Students at Duke University, Jessica Anduiza

NGO perceptions and attitudes toward donor assistance to the civil society sector in Bulgaria, Mila Arabajieva

Forgiveness : its role in the healing and reconciliation process between Eritrea and Ethiopia, Abeba Tesfagiorgis Baatai

Two Buttocks Cannot Avoid Friction: Supporting Cultural Projects from Outside: A Model for Interaction, Jocelyn Banyard

The case of Mercy Corps in Bosnia : lessons learned from a merger, Sibley A. Barnes

From campesinos to campuses : transforming education into action, Rebecca Bell

The process towards change : factors that influence personal development in study abroad participants, Douglas Bowman

The Deconstruction of Deafness as a Disability, Debby Buchan

Village-based service delivery in Quinhagak, Alaska : a case study, Anthony Caole

Where There Is No Banker: Importing Foreign-born Grassroots Financial Service Models to the United States, Valerie Carey

Employee retention : utilization of employee's international experience, Sterling Cassel

A Closer Look at the Well-being of International Field Staff, Paula V. Castillo

Managers’ Perceptions of the Globalization of Cendant Mobility and of the Development of the Global Mindset of its Employees, Natalie Chantigny

Garnett Ridge Family Support Center: a case study in sustainability of university-community partnerships, Rebecca S. Cheney

Determining training needs at the Peace Corps Training Center, Carlos A. Colombi

Corporate Constraints on Social Responsibility, Meghan L. Connolly

A Latina Group-Lending Model, Gretchen L. Dhooge

Agricultural biotechnology in Burundi : opportunities and risks for small farmers, Souleymane Diallo

Inner change translating into outer change within a meditation center, Daniel Dodd

Corporate “Guilt Money” and the Environment – Who Really Bears the Guilt?, Shawn Fitzgibbons

Beyond contact : young people and dialogue in Northern Ireland, Maria French