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Submissions from 2018

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Towards An Agreed Definition Of Sustainability: Exploring The Concept Of Sustainability In Amherst, Massachusetts, Babatunde Ajao

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On Equal Footing? A study on how adult members of the Deaf and hard of hearing community (in the United States) perceive that the procurement, use, or absence of assistive technology has influenced their lives, Brad Andersen

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Facilitating Community Participation with Palestine Refugees: An Exploratory Study of UNRWA, Tiffany Rene Baccus

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The Violence in Baton Rouge, Christopher Bailey

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Values Driven Strategic Thinking and Planning in Federated Non-Profits, Michael Baker

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Expanding Access to Finance in Nyarugusu Refugee Camp: From Conceptualization to Implementation, Justin D. Bibee

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Radical Spaces of Possibility: One Teacher's Journey from Banking Education to Student-Driven Learning in a Middle School World Language Classroom, Linda Suzanne Brown

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The Implementation of the Extreme Visa Vetting Policy and its Effects on International Students and Scholars, Amelia Burke

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US Advocacy for Azerbaijani Press Freedom and Democracy, Danny Burns

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Student Engagement Curriculum for the Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus, Michael Angelo Caban

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Engaging America: Unearthing the middle way in the conflict between liberals and conservatives, Noah Cadet

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Going Full Circle: Connecting Re-entry and Preparation for the Harlaxton Study Abroad Program, Kaylynn Carver

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Expectations of Teacher Trainers: To Inspire or Not To Inspire The Case of a Mozambican Institute, Francesca Cellini

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Bridge To Her Education (BTHERE): Black Girls and the School to Prison Pipeline, Otasha Clark

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Language and Personal Growth in Study Abroad, Cynthia Columbus

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Ecuador as an Academic Destination: Building a National Strategy, Silvia Donoso

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The African American Experience on Study Abroad: A Closer Look at the Student Perspective, Vanessa Doyle

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Incorporating Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) into Study Abroad Courses: A Training Design, Michelle Esche

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Consumer Perceptions of Social Business Practices in South Korea and Thailand, Emily Gaynor

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SIT Graduate Institute: Moving SIT Towards a Model of Inclusive Excellence in Diversity, Steffen Glenn Gillom

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The Effectiveness of a Boys for Positive Change Program at Changing Attitudes and Behaviors toward Gender Equality, Bethany Grupp

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Engaging International Transfer Students at University of Washington Tacoma, Amber Hallberg

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Creating an Ecology of Hope: Nature-Based Training to Increase Compassion and Collaboration in Building Sustainable Communities, Charlotte Herz

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Building Community in Refugee Youth Mentoring Programs at Partnership for the Advancement and Immersion of Refugees, Shaina Holm

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Fake News, Political Narrative, & Social Media: A Structuration Approach, Adam M. Housh

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Legacies of War: How the Commercialization of Plastics in the United States Contribute to Cycles of Violence, Karis Johnston

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LeadOn Alliance: Empowering Alaska's Youth Through Inclusive Programming, Megan Juneau

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Student Teaching Cuenca: An Overseas Student Teaching Placement Program for Taylor University, Janae Knipp

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Intercultural Competency Development: A Case Study with SIT Study Abroad in Morocco, From a Trainers Lens, Amy Leap Miller

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From Theory to Curriculum: A Best Practices Model for a New International Student Cultural Acclimation Course, Denise Leinonen

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Integrating Student Development Theory into Education Abroad Advising, Amanda Lentz

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Community-led Development: Perspectives and Approaches of Four Member Organizations, Wubshet Loha

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Land As Power: Pathways for Closing the Gender Gap in Land Rights in India, Rachel Lubitz

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Hands-On with On-Site Students? Exploration of the Expanding Role of the Third-Party Provider Education Abroad Advisor, Emma Lynch

"RU Ready?" Academic Success Program for First-Year International Undergraduate Students from China at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Mary Ellen Maguire

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A Cappella Bridge: Towards a More Reciprocal Arts-Based Exchange, Daniel Malin

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Exploring the Influence of the African Diaspora in Spain: A Short-Term Program Design, Stephanie McCreary

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HBCUs Abroad: Design and Delivery of the First-Year Haiti Experience, Javonni S. McGlaurin

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Maslow & Mezirow in Orientation: Redesigning Stanford's Orientation for BOSP Students, Elizabeth Monroe

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The Next Recruits: 16–18-year-olds and the United States' War on Terror, Mary E. Moyer

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Closing The Circle: Comprehensive Study Abroad Reentry Programming in a Small Liberal Arts College, Dora Musini

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Connecting Cultural Ties with Latinx Identity: An Explorative Semester in Mexico City, Margaret Musty

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Changing Donor-NGO relations thorough Viable Alternatives to Conventional Grantmaking, Kio Okawa

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Beyond the Numbers: Comprehensive Internationalization at Miami University, Andres Oliver

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Not So Bizarre Foods: Exploring the historical and cultural traditions behind the foods of France, Germany, and Italy, Kari Pederson Behrends

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The Kiwi Way: Marketing in New Zealand, A Program Design for Johnson & Wales University, Rachael L. Peters

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Campus Food Security: An Approach Toward Co-Creating Change, Tassandra Rios-Scelso

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Is the J-1 Trainee and Intern Exchange Visitor Program Still Fulfilling Its Original Purpose as an Educational and Cultural Exchange Program?, Rachael Ropkey

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How Empowerment Processes Manifest for Afghan Women with Different Levels of Education, Fatima Sabri

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Social Identity and Intercultural Service: Knowing Yourself & Leading Others, Racara Sawyer

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Addressing the Assumption; A Case Study on Student Motivations and Barriers to Study Second Language Abroad, Rebecca Schano

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A Group Leader’s Journey: Connecting Youth Development, Youth Empowerment and Social Justice Theory to Practice on The Experiment in International Living, Brian Sheffer

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Hide and Seek: How and why Peace Corps Panama Volunteers conceal and reveal parts of their social identities and perceived impacts on their cultural integration, Sara Sweeney

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The Earth Sciences Field Camp: A Short-Term Study Abroad Program Design, Catherine Tartaglia

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Education Provision to Internally Displaced Children in Northern Shan and Kachin States in Burma, Nang K Thwe

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Connecting Study Abroad to Careers, Graduate School, and Fellowships: An Advising Program for Yale-NUS College, Beth Uding

Comparing Community Restorative Justice in Bellows Falls, Vermont & Gacaca Processes in Rwanda, Dora Urujeni

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The Role of the International Educator in Understanding International Student Identity Development, Kelsey Walsh

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Assessing Risk: An El Nomad Case Study, Laura Wondra

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Foregrounding the Role of the Consumer in Social Entrepreneurship, April M. Wyatt

Submissions from 2017

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Culture, Inner-city Education and Improving Economic Growth In Birmingham, Alabama, Leroy Abrahams

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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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Bridging Training Gaps in Leadership Capacity: A Critical Approach to Assessment and Evaluation for Program Improvement and Development, Alysia Ballinger

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Anti-Japanese Sentiment among Graduates of South Korean Public Schools, Jamal Barbari

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The Power of Discomfort in Learning Abroad, Alexis Barge

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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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Tsirik - fold the leaves so that others may be guided: A study of how the BriBri women are preserving their culture to ensure a sustainable future for their community, Emily R. Blau

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

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Strengthening the M&E system of Peace Corps Colombia, Samuel Burke

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Advantages & Challenges: An Assessment of SUNY Oneonta's Current Approach to International Student Services, Sarah Busche

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Innovation in Digital Music: A Customized Program for Barcelona SAE, Daniel E. Childs

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International Student Transitions After Yale (iSTAY): Career Development and Post-Graduation Transition Program for International Students, Alison Young Eun Cho

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Preventative Community Policing in Immigrant Communities, Carole Chopi

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LOOKING WITHIN WHILE WORKING ABROAD: EXPERIENCES FROM AN IHP TRUSTEES FELLOW IN THE FIELD, Caitlyn Clark

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Expanding Learning While Away: Intercultural Communication Course, Cassandra Clements

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Constitutional Reform: Decolonization in the Comoros Islads, Nicholas A. Daou

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Project-Based Learning in Distance Learning High School Courses, Alison Davis

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Mental Health Support for Students During Study Abroad, Sylvia DeMichiel

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Missing the Message: Advocating for Action in Human Rights, Alyssa Dinsmore

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Gëm Sa Bopp: a Case Study of Peace Corps Senegal Girls’ Camps, Tesia A. Eisenberg

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From Rural to Global: Public High School Internationalization Efforts in Rural Wyoming, Josephine Fleming

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Reiki and Healing Touch: Implications for Trauma Healing, Cynthia Ford

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Meeting Their Needs: A Comprehensive Internationalization Analysis of The University of San Diego's Undergraduate Student Mobility Programs, Alana Franklin

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Summer of Culture: Jordan - A CROSS-CULTURAL EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM THE UNITED STATES AND JORDAN, Adam Freed

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Assessing the Influence of Career-Linked Experiential Opportunities on the F-1 Undergraduate Student Enrollment Decision-Making Process, Harrison Fuerst

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Is Restorative Justice Doing Enough To Address The Power Imbalances Caused By Systems of Privilege and Oppression, Matthew Furnell

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Addressing Racism in Urban Agriculture: The Case for an Urban Agriculture Land Trust in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Chelsea Gazillo

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

OneWorld Coffee: Social Venture Plan, Cory Gilman

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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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A Well-Rounded Experience: Connecting the Home Campus to the Study Abroad Experience and The Study Abroad Experience to the Home Campus, Mary Aurora Grandinetti

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Freedom and Unity: Examining the Individualized, Community-based Process of Restorative Justice in Vermont and What it Can Teach Other States, Through a Trainer's Lens, Megan Grove

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International Student Orientation: Engagment Practices at Johnson and Wales University, Sarah P. Habtemariam

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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

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Increasing Equity through B Corp Certification in the Coffee Commodity Supply Chain, Emily Hlavka

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Men Anpil Chay Pa Lou: Food Sovereignty and Alternative Paradigms to Confront Food Aid and Climate Crises in Haiti: A Case study of Movman Payzan 3eme Seksyon Kanperen, Les Cayes, Haiti, Webert Jeune

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Towards Soulful and Sustainable Service: The Role of Ethics in Global Service-Learning Programs within Faith-Based Tertiary Institutions, Corrie Johnson

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In Pursuit of Intercultural Competency During Study Abroad, Leslie Johnson

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Lessons for Legalizing Love: A Case Study of the Naz Foundation's Campaign to Decriminalize Homosexuality in India, Preston G. Johnson