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Submissions from 2022

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FOOD SOVEREIGNTY AND COFFEE CULTIVATION IN EL SALVADOR: CURRENT PITFALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES IN THE INTERSECTIONS OF COFFEE, GENDER, AND CLIMATE CHANGE, Danielle Akins

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Colombia Intercultura Study Abroad, Nadeen Black

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Beyond Field Trips: Partnerships Between Schools and Tribal Museums, Lauren Cooke

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Sustainability and Resilience in Small-Scale Land-Based Livelihoods in Maine, Sam Calvino Cowan

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Promise and Problems of Short-term Mission Trips Through the Eyes of Christian Young Adults, Hayley Culver

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Sustainable Avitourism on Curieuse Island in the Seychelles, Chesley Davis

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Building on Best Practices and Organizational Expertise: Informing Curriculum Design for Refugee and Asylum-seeking Youth at Philadelphia Outward Bound School, Emily Della Fera

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Neocolonialism in Cape Town: The Municipal Spatial Development Framework (MSDF) through Critical Theory, Emily Dionne

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Supporting LGBTQ International Students Through Resource Visibility: Examining Washington State Community Colleges, Abigail Fredrickson

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Feminism at the Borders: The Navigation of Gender Issues by Mexican-American Women Along the U.S.-Mexico Border, Carolina Fuentes

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Impact of Community Radio on Community Development in the United States, Jillian Hermansky

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A second "Pandemic": How COVID-19 has impacted international student mental health in North Carolina, Rachel Kerr

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Manual of Sustainable Urban Practices Towards Long-term Conservation, Haley Kilmer

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Australian-American Fulbright Alumni: An Analysis of the Impact of the Australian-American Fulbright Program on American Awardees, Maya Kozarsky

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Teacher Preparation and Multilingualism in Education, Jordan Lucas

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IDENTIFYING CRITICAL AGING CARE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN HIGH-INCOME COUNTRIES: A CROSS-COUNTRY COMPARISON OF DENMARK, GERMANY, AND THE UNITED STATES, Cassandra Martin

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The Eastern Atomic Rise: Defining Nuclear Hegemony in a Multi-lateral World, Eric Rodriguez

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The Long Migration Route: Exploring Social Implications for asylees in the US and Policy Creation in transit countries as a result of Immigration Patterns of African and Haitian Asylum-Seekers Traveling Through Latin America to the United States, Brendan Rupprecht

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Strategies of Adaptation and Coping to Climate Change Impacts Among Women Farmers in Guinayangan, Quezon, Philippines: A Life History and Comparative Approach, Miranda Salters

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The Undocumented Perspective in California, Sahar Sandoval

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PERSPECTIVES ON SUSTAINABILITY IN SHORT-TERM FACULTY-LED PROGRAMS, Amanda Staton

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U.S. Immigration Policies Affecting Mexican and Central American Youth and Their Access to Higher Education, Margaret Elizabeth Tejada

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Using Social-Emotional Learning to Support Academic Achievement in the Wake of COVID-19: A Case Study Within Boone County Schools, Jessica Vowell

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Foodways in Chile: A Bridge Back to Nature, Kayla Weiss

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Reinforcing A Women’s Group Project, Anna Williams

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Navigating the Necessary Evils: Contemplating the Topic of Sustainability in Study Abroad, Megan Zacher

Submissions from 2021

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Diversity and Worldliness at the Compass School, Luiz A. Batista

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RESTORING NATIVE LIMU: UTILIZING HAWAIIAN INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE AND PUBLISHED LITERATURE FOR RESTORATION IN KANEʻOHE BAY, OʻAHU, HAWAIʻI, Christy Bray

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Program Design Features Attracting Youth in Diepsloot to Urban Agriculture: Exploring Rhiza Babuyile's Tiny Farm Agri-Program, Nyasha Frank Chibanda

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ANTICIPATING CHANGE: Multi-tier Framework for a Sustainable Energy Transition, Francesca Cresta

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IMPROVING RECYCLING IN JORDAN: USING SURVEYS AND CASE STUDIES TO PREDICT THE SUCCESS OF PROJECT TADWEER, Blake Dixon

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Integrating Adult Mentorship Module Within Youth Oriented Programs, Shady Elfaham

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APICULTURE ADAPTATIONS IN A SHIFTING WORLD: THE BEEKEEPER’S EXPERIENCE ACROSS THE GLOBE, Katherine Lloyd

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Black Lives Matter, Randal McKoy

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Pathway Provider Programs: The International Student Experience, Aaron A. Mendez

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Impact Of Mentoring Amongst Indigenous Young Adults In Sabah, Malaysia, Terence Ooi

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INCORPORATING EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE INTO FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATION SERVICES AS A BETTER MEANS TO MANAGE HIV/AIDS IN SOUTHERN CAMEROON., Christine Pafe

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Student Mobility in the Wake of COVID-19: The Mainland Chinese Parent Perspective, Anna Profatilova

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Current State of Seagrasses in Zanzibar: Impacts of Coastal Economic Activities and Marine Protected Areas on Seagrass Cover, Danielle Purvis and Narriman Jiddawi

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IMPROVING PRE-DEPARTURE TRAINING FOR ENGLISH TEACHER VOLUNTEERS IN COSTA RICA: AN EXAMINATION OF ALIARSE AND RECOMMENDATIONS, Derek Schwartz

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Exploring Accessible & Responsive Trauma-Informed Schools: A Regenerative Approach to Student & Educator Support, Kennidy Stood

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To New Geographies: Implementing U.S. Department of Energy Order 151.1D, Comprehensive Emergency Management System, Eric B. Sussman

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Study Abroad Program for the University of Glasgow: A Short-Term Life Sciences Program to Indonesia, Shannon Tobin

Submissions from 2020

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The Island Earth Field Studio: A High School Summer Program on Polynesian Voyaging in Hawaii, Andrea M. Bachmann

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PEACE CORPS: IDENTIFYING COMMUNICATION GAPS AND BEST PRACTICES IN A COMPLEX, PROJECT-ORIENTED WORKSPACE, Tyler Bowden

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THE SUSTAINABILITY OF CHILD PROTECTION SERVICES IN THE REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO, Shpetim Bylykbashi

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What Does a "Just" Local Food System Look Like? Views from Worcester in a Changing Climate, Marguerite Cawley

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Refugee Perspectives on Transitioning from Higher Education in the United States to Life Post-Graduation, Jessica S. Clarkson

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COVID-19’s Impact on Climate Change Research and Institutional Resilience in Higher Education in Vermont and Tanzania, Stephanie Clement

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The Effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Humanitarian Aid Operations in Jordan, Hana Driss

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Spanish Language and Culture in Buenos Aires and Córdoba, Argentina, Sarah Eidt

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Winter Travel for Cold Weather Novices; Methods for Making Challenging Outdoor Experiences More Inclusive, Anders Fristedt

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How Do They Do It?: Looking at the Strengths and Challenges in the Running of a Completely Voluntary Non-Profit Organization, Erin Guilliams

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Study Away for the Differently Abled: A Study Away Program for Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities, Emily Huydic

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Identity in Translation: International Students’ Perspectives on Language and Identity, Laura Klingenstein

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The Politics of Seeds and Their Effects on Small-Scale Paraguayan Farmers, Maeve Mallozzi-Kelly

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Integrating Education Abroad: Fostering Critical Reflexivity in Students, Cara Masullo Ekwuabu

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Supporting Latinx College Students Study Abroad, Nicole Melendez

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Exploring Approaches to Effective Evaluation for Public Diplomacy Exchange Programs, Alison Opoku Donyina

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Exploring how social networks contribute to African immigrants’ ability to procure a sustainable livelihood in New York City, Richmond Opoku Donyina

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STRATEGIES OF HIGHER EDUCATION ADMISSIONS PROFESSIONALS TO ADAPT TO THE RECENT DROP IN FOREIGN STUDENT ENROLLMENT AT US UNIVERSITIES, Peter Plass

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L'Enracinement et L'Ouverture: A Relevant Global Citizenship Education in Senegal, Alanna Margaret Ross

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Perceptions on Women`s Participation in Central African Republic Peace Process and Decision Making, Emilienne Sanon

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Global Citizenship Education in Homeschooling Practices and Experiences in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, Bethany Shackelford

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Influencing College Choice: Enrollment Factors for International Students at a Private Research University in the Northeast, Erin Slocum

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Sharing Stories, Building Bonds: The Reconciliating Power of a Narrative, Breanna Nicole Thompson

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How Palestinian Aid Organizations Adapt to the Possibility of Further Annexation and Rights Abuses in the Wake of "The Deal of the Century", Nadia L. Wiggins

Submissions from 2019

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Rebuilding Resilience of Rural Community Dwellers in Liberia Post-War: Case Study of Nimba County in Liberia, Richard D. Agbaje

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Political activists or violent fans? Understanding the Moroccan Ultras perspective through social media discourse analysis, Mamer Alomari

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Robotics in Japan: A Program Design for The Experiment in International Living, Allison Barnes

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Evangelicalism and Peace and Conflict Studies: A Wheaton College Case Study, Sophia Bouwsma

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Learning Freedom: A Journey in Training, Nick Brzezinski

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Transition Towns and the Transition Model: An Investigation into the Movement's Use of Strategic Planning, Richard Burbridge

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Puzzling together: Avenues for applying motivational interviewing to the transformation of intractable, intergroup conflict (U.S. context)., Brian Chevalier

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Identifying the Gaps in Resources for Education in Emergencies, Kate Chung

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Making a Diplomat: Study Abroad Pathways to International Relations Occupations, Anthony E. Ciero

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Community Forest in Liberia: The Interface between Sustainable Charcoal Production and Deforestation, Amavie Clement

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The River is Flooded by Tributaries: Incorporating ways of knowing in online pedagogy, Julie DeBenedictis

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Rwanda community ownership of conflict transformation mechanisms after the 1994 genocide against Tutsi, Betty Dusenge

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A Case Study on the Conduct of a Nonviolence National Campaign for Political & Social Change in Sudan in 2020, Abdou Edris

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Approaches to Intimate Partner Violence: A Case Study of Travis and Williamson Counties in Texas, Alyssa Edwards

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My Photo, My Voice: Reducing Self-Stigma of Felons & Drug Addicts through the use of Storytelling and Photographs, Jordan Ferrick

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Creating Global Citizens Through Returnee Programming, Kristen Foos

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ACCENT MODIFICATION PROGRAM: A PROGRAM FOR FOREIGN-BORN EMPLOYEES AT ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL, Lisa Gaddy

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Radical Empathy and Community Empowerment in Practice: International Student Retention at SUNY Plattsburgh, Courtney Gehen

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HOW TO ATTRACT YOUNG ADULTS TO AMERICORPS SERVICE, Rachel Goldstein

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The Short-Term Youth Exchange Program, Kristia Grandison

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Dual-Power and Direct Democracy in Fiji: An Analysis of the iTaukei Administration, Glenn Hall

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Reimagining the College as a Safe Haven: The Marlboro Community Asylum Seekers Project, Emma Huse

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Beyond the Buzzwords: A Framework of Inclusive Excellence for Leader Hiring and Training at The Experiment in International Living, Chelsea Johnson

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The If Men Project – The Design and Implementation of a Healthy Masculinity Curriculum for Young Men, Scott Kaltenbaugh

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Elements of Successful Education Abroad Programs for STEM and Vocational Students: Lessons from the University of Wisconsin – Stout, Polytechnic, Amy Kelley

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Japan: Universal Design and Innovation, Lindsay Kravit

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Improving Access to Clean Water in Rural Ecuador: The Connection Between Willingness to Pay and Population Health, Micalea Leaska

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Elevating the Experience: Reimagining a U.S. Conservation Nonprofit's International Volunteer Program through the Exploration of Past Volunteers' Perspectives, Hyunhee Lee

Getting them In the Door: A Study of Programming Within Boys & Girls Clubs of Vermont, Hannah Macon

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Criar y Dejarse Criar: Trans-Situ Crop Conservation and Indigenous Landscape Management through a Network of Global Food Neighborhoods, Cass Madden

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Decoupling Trauma and Criminal Behavior Through Restorative Reentry Programs and Their COSAs, Florence S. Mahoney

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Youth’s Decent Employment in Guinea: Enabling Factors and a Holistic Approach, Sekou Mansare SM

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Organization-Based Disability Access: A YMCA Childcare Center Case Study, Katherine Mowrer