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.

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Submissions from 2015

Microfinance and Poverty Reduction: An Empirical Study On Sub-Saharan Africa, Pa Modou Baldeh Mr

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Advocating for Sustainability at The City of Beaverton, Oregon: An Advocacy Initiative and Sustainability Strategy using the STAR Communities (Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating Communities) Framework and Rating System, Rachel Bigby

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Giving a Voice to the Powerless: Participatory Monitoring & Evaluation as a Tool for Inclusive Development through Microfinance, Evan T. Burke

The Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities: An analysis of the effectiveness of advocacy methods for achieving policy goals, Danielle R. Caron

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Protecting Ecosystems, Culture, and Human Rights in Chile Through Indigenous and Community-Conserved Territories and Areas, William G. Crowley

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National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce: Creating Market Disruption within the LGBT Advocacy Arena, Jhay Edwards

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Is Soil Quality Linked to PSNP Graduation in East and West Hararghe, Ethiopia?, Elizabeth Gladding

Monitoring and Evaluation System for Capacity Building for Inclusive Education in El Salvador, Flor Gomez Byers

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Liberia and Dual Citizenship: The Issues Arising from Un-Visioned Realities, Esau A. Greene Sr.

A Comprehensive Framework for Monitoring and Evaluating Corporate Social Responsibility Programs, Yazmin Gutierrez

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Women's Entrepreneurship Development In Ethiopia A Case Study Of Women in Self Employment (WISE), Melat Tekletsadik Haile Ms

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Designing U.S. Policy To Achieve Inclusive Agricultural Development And Food Systems, Marissa L. Henderson

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Climate Change and Sustainable Agricultural Practices Program in Northern Vietnam: An Approach to Evaluation, Phuong Vu Quynh Hoang

ENTREPRENEURIAL VALUE CREATION: TRANSFORMING A COLLECTIVE OF INFLUENTIAL DIGITAL NATIVES INTO A SOCIAL VENTURE OPPORTUNITY, Mariel M. Kanene

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Assessing Organizational Data Culture to Create an Ideal Data Ecosystem, Lauren M. Leary

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Somali Remittances Campaign, Ammar Mohammed

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Mitigating Constraints in Resource Access: The Design and Delivery of a Sustainable Livelihood and Human Rights Project in Big Babanki, Cameroon, Robert V. Muluh

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Policy Recommendations for Alleviating Homelessness in Chittenden County, Vermont, Brittany E. Nevins

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Measuring Equity in Transit-Oriented Development: Application to Affordable Housing, Beryl Oranga

Regulation to Promote Children’s Environmental Health in North Carolina: A Case Study of the Toxic Free Kids Act, Preston Peck

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Development in Alaska/British Columbia Transboundary Watersheds: A Campaign for International Joint Commission Involvement, Elizabeth Purdy

Moving to Amend: How One Social Movement Aims to Restore Democracy and Abolish Corporate Personhood, Mae Quilty

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Culture and Cognition: The role culture plays in cognitive development in rural Tanzania, Eileen Seissen

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Implementation of a Participatory Approach to Monitoring and Evaluation: Literature Review & Case Study Application, Lucas Sokol-Oxman

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The Lights Turn Off, But The Future Is Bright - How the power crisis affects social livelihoods in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic., Christian R. Suero

Cupcakes con Conciencia - Empowering Vulnerable Women, Tricia Thompson

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The Zen of Charity Giving in China: An Understanding of the Chinese Philanthropic Sector and Recommendations on Moving Towards Sustainability, Li Zheng

Submissions from 2014

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Basic Human Health and Sustainable Community Development: A Case Study of a Community in Monte Plata, Dominican Republic, Rachelle H. Arnoux

Class(ed)Room: Individualized Student Disciplinary Policies as Ignoring the Current Economic Order, Nicole H. Awwad

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Bridging the Food Gap: Addressing the feasibility and applicability of three key traditionally Western food preservation techniques to improving household food security and reducing malnutrition in Uganda., Eva K. Baguma

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Planning Sustainable Food Hubs: Thinking Beyond Economic Viability to Democratize Local Food Access, Ashley Bahlkow

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The Value of Conservation Easements: An analysis of the effects of conservation easements on property values in Central Vermont., Jonathan Decker

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An Examination of South Carolina’s Institutions of Reform and Their Impact on the Self-Narratives of African American Men, Ashley E. Krejci-Shaw

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Examination of Post War Social Accountability Strategies Aimed at Enhancing Governance in Liberia, MacDonald E. Mitchell

First People Last Place: A Case Study of Monument Valley Residents Priced out of Their Land, Leigh Owen

English as a Second Language: Tutors Motivations and Their Consequences, April-Dawn C. Puls

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PROMOTE GENDER EQUALITY AND EMPOWER WOMEN: THE BIG PICTURE, Delylah Rasugu

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The Influence of PeaceJam’s Ambassadors Program on Youth in Relation to their Future Career Choice, Community Involvement and Acceptance of Diversity: A Qualitative Study of Program Alumni from Four Affiliate Regions in the US, Ashley Sicard

Monitoring And Impact Evaluation of a Voluntarily Medical Male Circumcision Project From the perspective of the Project Coordinator, Yvonne Usanase Ms

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Love Won't Be Denied: A Case Study of the Campaign for Southern Equality's WE DO Campaign, Haley Wilson

Gender Relations in Local Governance: A Case Study of Bawjiase, Ghana, Lauren Wright

Submissions from 2013

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The Primacy of Context: An Exploration into the Causes of Food Insecurity in Kitere, Kenya., William O. Aludo

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The Assessment of Nigerian Diaspora in the USA and Exploring its Potential Contribution to Sustainable Development, Binyam Shimelis Aseffa

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Sustainable Development of Tajikistan: Perspectives for Tajik Aluminum Company (TALCO), Tahmina Azizova

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Eliminating Sexual Harassment of Adolescent Girls in Bangladesh: A Comparative Analysis of Multi-level Strategies, Kristan Bakker

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Sharing What Works Through South-South Cooperation: The Case of the Risk Reduction Management Centre Replication Project, Rachel M. Cohn

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Advocacy for Marine Management: Contributions to a Policy Advocacy Initiative in the Maldives, Neal Collins

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"Fighting Against Ourselves, Why History Continues to Repeat Itself?", Rysheema J. Dixon

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Corporate-Community Engagement in Madagascar: Using Traditional Dialogue Methods to Improve Community Engagement Between Private Firms and Local Communities, Sarah Gaylord - Ratsimbazafy

A New Direction for Fair Trade USA: A Contextual Analysis of Latin American Coffee Farmers, Stephanie Johnson

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Agriculture and the Food System: A Short History and Country Case Study in Mongolia, Marissa L. Markowitz

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Agroforestry and Smallholder Farmers: Climate Change Adaptation through Sustainable Land Use, Colin McCabe

Women and movements: A feminist reconceptualization of the role of women in the post-colonial nationalist movement in Algeria and the revolution in Syria, Drew McCormick

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Strengths and Limitations of the Design of Helen Keller International’s ChildSight® Program Based on Lessons Learned Through the Implementation in Vietnam, 2011-2013, Bradley J. Owen

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Challenges of Containing New HIV Infections in Ethiopia: Unacknowledged Transmission Route, Dessu Sam

Global Air Protection on Climate Change: The U.S. and Indonesia Air Quality Governance, Metrini Geopani Simatupang

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Engaging Young Professionals in Credit Unions: Reviving a Movement through Online Social Networking, Meet-ups, and Events, Rebecca Spachek

Science Without Borders: Science Diplomacy and the Politics of Power, Alice L. Urban

Submissions from 2012

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Knowledge and Financial Management in Households: An Examination of Married Women’s Perspectives in Chadbourn, North Carolina, Hmoud Fanash Al Surikhi

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Changing the Status Quo of Waste Management: Case Study of a Rural Costa Rican Town, Anna Katherine Rodenborg Baker

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Women Empowerment and Community Development through Ecotourism, Katherine S. Barry

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Homelessness in Brattleboro: An Examination if a Poor Community in Brattleboro, Vt, What Services are Available, and how the Community Could Benefit From Sustainable Development Practices., Emily Clever

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Marketing Vermont as a Multicultural Brand, Shambulia Gadsden Sams

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The Role of Local Food in Increasing Access to Healthy Food in Indianapolis, Indiana, Anna Hostetter

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Land is Life: A Policy Advocacy Case Study of the Northern Thailand Land Reform Movement, Jason Lubanski

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Planning and Designing a Sustainable Volunteer Based Organization: The Putney Food Shelf, Annik Yvette Paul

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Case Study of Voces de la Frontera and Immigration Policy in Walker's Wisconsin, Erin E. Peot

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The Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy: A Case Study Advocating for Pregnant and Parenting Teens in Massachusetts, Kassandra Petr

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Effects of Leadership and Trauma on Grassroots Community Development in Post-Conflict/Genocide Societies: A Rwandan Case Study, Bryna C. Ramsey

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Homelessness: An Outcome of Structural Cruelty, Bharat Rathod

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Food Fight: A Case Study of the Community Food Security Coalition’s Campaign for a Fair Farm Bill, Marni Salmon

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New Culture: Personal and Cultural Transformation, April G. Thomas

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Designing A Complete Community Center: Responsive Design in a Rural Setting, Sheryl Tubbs

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Motivating Factors for Young Adults in the Brattleboro Area to Start in Organic Agriculture for Their Career, Tomokazu Utsugi

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Looking To Do More. Evaluating the Process of Researching and Proposing a Location Change to a Local Food Pantry, Allison Wilde

Submissions from 2011

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Transforming Lives and Communities: A case study on building partnerships in the Philippines through Appreciative Inquiry, Rizalina L. Ababa

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Sustainable Development Projects For Refugees Case Study: Measuring The Scope Of Sustainability Of Sustainable Development Projects And Microcredit In Eritrean Refugee Camps In Eastern Sudan, Khalid Alssardiyah

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Toward A Praxis Of Revolutionary Solidarity, James Patrick Byrne

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A Framework for Monitoring Local and Regional Food Systems, Heather Victoria Davis

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Building Community Food Security: An Evaluation Of A Market Basket Csa, Joshua Davis

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Energy Management and Governance in Vermont: A Case Study, Nicole Davis

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Analysis Of The Causes Of Migration From Gorno-Badakhshan To Moscow, Sharaf Davlatov

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Ethnic Minorities and Food Security in Northern Thailand, Monalisa Diamond

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Emerging Youth Leaders: A Redesign Of A Two-Way Youth Exchange Between The US And Senegal, Aspen L. Felt

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Policy Analysis In Practice: Lessons From Researching And Writing A “Statenote” For Education Commission Of The States, Dinah J. Frey

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Civil Society And Government Partnership: A Case Study In Sikoro, Mali, Kara Grijalva

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Safe Power Vermont: A Look Into The Campaign To Retire The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station., Dylan M. Kreis

Exploring The Concept Of Sustainability In A Fragile State’s Health System: The Case Study Of Liberia, Seema Manohar

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The Effects Of Training – Based Development Intervention In Makeni, Sierra Leone, Stephanie Meyer

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Rethinking Communications & Nonprofit Management, Christopher Nichols

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Is Mine Risk Education (Mre) Having A Significant Effect And Long-Lasting Impact On Attitudes Towards Uxos At The Community Level?, Phounsy Phasavaeng

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Engaging At-Risk Youth in the Green Movement: A Study of an Interdisciplinary Environmental Education Program’s Impact on Eco-Literacy and Interest in the Green Economy, Kirstin Kweilin Powell

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Addressing Food Insecurity Through Community Sponsored Agriculture: Lessons from Riverhill Farm CSA, Vanessa Reed

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A Case Study of a Project Entitled Community Skills for a Complex Situation: Managing Mining in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, Arash Shane Robinson

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Elevating the Advocacy Impact Of The Global Partnership For Environment And Disaster Risk Reduction By Understanding The Motivations And Aspirations Of Its Members, Brittany Star Weiss Smith

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The Unheard Messages Of HIV&AIDS: A Look At Knowledge, Communication, and Programming Efforts in Ntcheu, Malawi, Lisa M. Yankowski

Submissions from 2010

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Building Food Secure Communities In The Southeastern United States: A Case Study Of “Local Food For Local Power”, Christopher Adams

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The Forest Protection Fund: An Innovative Business Approach to Reconcile Conservation and Community Based Livelihoods: A Case Study and Interim Assessment of the Lebialem –Mone Forest Landscape Integrated Conservation and Development Project (ICDP)., Stella Ajabji

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Bridging the Gap: Strategic Framing and Budget Advocacy in Tanzania, Anthony Garett Baker

Change Management In Environmental Nonprofits, Olesya Boreyko