The Capstone Paper is written by students in the SIT Graduate Institute Master's 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 2010

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The Feminization Of Poverty; Women Living Below The Poverty Line In Nellore, India And Their Perceptions Of Gender, Meghan McCormick

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Encounter The Third World: A New Course Design For The Semester In Cuba Program, Katie McElhinney

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Improving and Broadening Organization Collaborations to Reduce Human Trafficking: A Program Constraints Assessment and Opportunities Identification, Katie Nicole McLaughlin

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``Vive y Déjà Vivir : Food Sovereignty in the Talamanca Region of Costa Rica”, Molly Meehan

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Transforming Conflict Affecting The People Of Manipur, North East India, Leitanthem Umakanta Meitei

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Intercultural Competence And Short-Term Study Abroad: Assessment Of Truman State University’s Program In Costa Rica, Rosa Virginia Mendez

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The Affected: The Nicaraguan Ex-Banana Workers Movement’s Struggle for Indemnification & Government Assistance from DBCP Exposure, Scott P. Montegna

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Robben Island Overnight: A Semester at Sea Faculty Directed Practicum Designed for Students to Examine the History of Apartheid, Hannah Mumma

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The University of Wisconsin-Richland Vertical Transfer Preparation, Tracee Neumann

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International Student Diversity at the Secondary Level: Admissions Guidelines for Success, Christine M. Niederberger

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Gleaning Reinvented: What Possibilities Might a Traditional Model Offer To A Modern Local Effort?, Sara Jane Novak

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Crowdsourcing, Social Media, And Collective Potential, Katrina Noyes

Key Steps For Building Long-Term Relations With Community-Based Volunteers In Community-Development Organizations: A Case Study Of The Catholic Commission For Justice And Peace (CCJP) In The Archdiocese Of Blantyre, Malawi, Aloisious A.C. Nthenda

The Sustainable Livelihoods Approach Through Permaculture Support Program in Pirak Timu Community, Aceh, Indonesia: A Case Study of Aceh Permaculture Foundation, Nuraida

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Risk Management Policies Specific to Graduate Students Abroad: What Should Universities be Doing?, Allison Nyamuame

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Psychosocial Rehabilitation: Effective Practices For Survivors Of Human Trafficking Residing In Long-Term Shelters, Hope Pavich

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Sustainability of the Fair Trade Movement: YUAB Case Study, Elizabeth Peery

Transformation of the Royal University of Bhutan: Policy, Challenges, and Recommendations, Tshering Pemo

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How Do Poverty And Disability Interrelate? The Structural And Cultural Explanations In Peru, Catherine Quinn

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The Changing Face Of Human Resources Management In The Gulf Region: An Oman And UAE Perspective, Mahbub Rahman

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Advocating for Women’s Empowerment: Highlighting the linkages among gender inequality, malnutrition and food insecurity, Carolyn Ramsdell

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Food, Farms and Jobs: A Case Study of the Advocacy Campaign for Local Food Systems in Illinois, Lindsay Record

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Taking The Lead On A Leash: Organizational Capacity Built Into The Proposal Development Process, James Riviere

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Still Life Blues: Digital Storytelling and the Reentry Experience, Michael Roberts

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The Re-Victimization Of Women: How The Globalization Of Mediation Has Impacted The Victims Of Domestic Violence In Nicaragua, Jessica Rodriguez-Montegna

The Re-Victimization of Women: How the Globalization of Mediation Has Impacted the Victims of Domestic Violence in Nicaragua, Jessica S. Rodriguez-Montegna

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Seeds Of Knowledge: Case Study Of A Grassroots Planned And Managed Project For School Fee Reduction And Food Security For Primary Schools In Jinja, Uganda, Steven Rozmus

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How Does A Social Enterprise Strategically Manage Its Dual Bottom Line During A Significant Economic Downturn?: A Case Study about the Grafton Village Cheese Company (GVCC), Eric Rwabuhihi

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The impact of the Conservation International Indonesia’s on the sustainability of coffee farmers’ community in Dairi Regency, North Sumatera Indonesia, Ramainim Saragih

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Identity In Crisis: Palestinian Israelis' Struggle For Social Justice Concerning Land and Water, Melissa Shettleroe

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Commodification of Children by Custodial Mothers in Ghana: Child Labor as a Substitute for Child Support?, Tchotcho Elise Shockley

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A Journey Into Adulthood: What Are The LEAPYEAR Program Outcomes For Participating Students?, Ekaterina Sidor

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Diverse Views of the Causes of Environmental Migration among Pastoralists in Northern Niger, Julie Snorek

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An Analysis of Women For Human Right's Initiative: Fighting For Social Security For Widows Across Nepal, Morgan Rebecca St. Clair

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Discussions For Democracy: Public Dialogues On Interrelated Issues Of Sustainable Peace And Social Justice In Nepal’s Governance Transition, Susal Stebbins-Collins

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“We can see that peace is coming” A Case Study of the Kids4Peace Peace-building Initiative in Jerusalem, Rebecca Naomi Sullum

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Teaching Nature, Jennifer L. Sundquist

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Do I have any volunteers? An assessment of the implementation of a small-scale volunteer program at Volunteer NH, Kara Swedlow

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“You Search The Job For Me?’ The Experience Of Finding Employment For Bhutanese Refugees In Western Massachusetts, Nancy Swyers

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Intersecting Art and Reconciliation, Hun S. Taing

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Evaluating United Nations Peacekeeping Operations: The prospects for Peace and Development in the 21st Century, Philip John Taiwo

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With Hope In Our Hearts And Our Neighbors By Our Sides: How The Transition Movement Is Helping The People Of Putney, Vt, Face The Approach Of Peak Oil, Climate Change And Economic Instability As An Opportunity For A Better Future, Margaret Tarmy

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Advocating for human trafficking legislation in Vermont: The campaign that resulted in the passage of Vermont’s first human trafficking bill, Elizabeth Tedrick-Moutz

Knowledge Management in Non-Profit Organizations: A Strategic Planning Initiative for Education and Empowerment for Community Development’s Asia Office, Jennifer Thao

Humanitarian Security Management: A Case-Study Of Care International In The West Bank And Gaza Strip, Joshua Thew

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A “Best Practices” Framework for Assessing Faith Based Short-term International Projects, Joyce Thompson

Peace Through Violence: Using the martial art Aikido to teach youth how to manage interpersonal conflict, Zachary Trent

Factors That Prohibit Women’s Access to HIV/AIDS Testing, Counseling, and Other Services in the State of Vermont: A Case Study of Women in Windham County, Advine Tugumisirize

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Strategic Planning For The Improvement Of The Development Efforts Of A Guatemalan Faith-Based Nongovernment Organization, Vianney Adilia Vásquez Calderón

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Volunteer Experiences in Russia: Addressing the issues faced by Russian volunteers in Russian NGOs, Larisa Volkavichyute

The Long Road From Uprooted to Rerooted: A Case Study of the Challenges Bhutanese Refugees Face in Becoming Economically Self-Sufficient in The Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area, Terutsugu Wada

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Searching for the “Abroad” in Study Abroad: Best Practices in Cultural Programming Initiatives in London-Based Study Abroad Programs, Margaret K. Walter

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Yoga And Social Action: An Exploration Into The Relationship Between Yoga And Social Action As Experienced By Yoga Instructors, Summer Wember

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Communication and Conflict Resolution: An Introductory Workshop Series for the Residents of Morningside Shelter, W. Knowles Wentworth

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Operacion Retorno: A Comprehensive Reentry Program Model For Fulbright Colombia, Beth West

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The “Invisibility” Of Whiteness: A Study Of Racial Identity Of White Faculty In Predominately White Colleges And Universities, Wendi West

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Coalition for a Livable Future: A Regional Approach to Addressing Equity in a 21st Century Metropolitan Landscape, Shannon Wilson

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Eclipsed: Investigating The Impact Of Solar Household Systems On Sustainable Development In Rural India, Garret Takeo Wong

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Power and Players: How Immigrants’ Rights Social Movement Organizations Identify and Categorize the Players in Their Environments, Sanderson Wright

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Creating A Brilliant Future For Kai - A Study On The Support Of Adults With Autism, Tian Xu

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Transitional Housing For Women And Families: A Case Study Of The Turning Point Transitional Housing Program., Kwaku Osafo Yeboah

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Deaf People and Human Rights in Humanitarian Assistance: Rights of Accessibility for Deaf Victims from Natural Disasters., Erikson Young

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Stormwater Policy: Case Study Of Advocacy For Updated Stormwater Management Practices In Montgomery County, Maryland, Emily Zachery

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Evaluation and Monitoring at The Institute for Global Education and Service Learning, Jenna L. Zorn

Submissions from 2009

An Assessment Of The Effectiveness Of The National Reconciliation Commission: The Case Of Ghana, Peter Atta Kwami Agboso

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An Assessment Of The Effectiveness Of The National Reconciliation Commission: The Case Of Ghana, Peter Atta Kwami Agboso

An Investigation into What Prevents or Discourages Employees at The United Nations Development Programme Yemen from Utilizing Available Flexible Working Arrangements, Nesreen Al-Hebshi

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An Investigation into What Prevents or Discourages Employees at The United Nations Development Programme Yemen from Utilizing Available Flexible Working Arrangements, Nesreen Al-Hebshi

Reentry Workshop for International Students from East Asia, Yoko Anderson

Understanding Indigenous Spirituality: The Kankanaey Sida Ritual, Marjorie M. Balay-As

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Building Bridges With Restorative Justice: Theory and Practice on the Brattleboro Reparative Probation Panels, Janice Baldwin

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Building A Relevant Community Food Security Movement For All People In The Brattleboro Area, Angela Berkfield

Community Food Security for Vermont: Local Solutions to the Global Food Crisis, Richard Berkfield

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Community Food Security for Vermont: Local Solutions to the Global Food Crisis, Richard Berkfield

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Hope For Partnerships? Local Leadership In An International Partnership In Rural Tanzania, Sarah Bickel

The Role of Unions Today in the U.S.: Who Benefits?, Susanna Blankley

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A Case Study Of The Campaign To Decriminalize Therapeutic Abortion In Nicaragua, Jonit Bookheim

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Is Collaboration Always Best? A Close Look at Collaboration Efforts in Pursat, Cambodia, Laura R. Bradley

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Ready, Willing And Able…Competencies And Training For SIT Youth Peacebuilding And Leadership Program Staff, Melanie A. Brubaker

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Hatha Yoga and Conflict Transformation: Understanding the Effect of Hatha Yoga Practice on the Internal Healing Process in the Context of Interpersonal Conflict, Sung-un Burnett

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Know Thy Enemy, Know Thyself: An Orientation Curriculum to Assist U.S. Military Personnel in Cultural Competencies, Joshua Burns

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Who Are We? Where Did We Come From? And Where Are We Going? Decolonization In The Process Of Rehumanization, Aaron Manuel Cardona

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Rethinking Corruption and anti-corruption: Lessons from the Change Habits Oppose Corruption (CHOC) Program in Cameroon, Nkwenti Francis Che

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Non-Degree Academic Exchange Programs for International Undergraduate Students: The Real Value for Participants and the United States, Irina Cheptanari

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Mujeres Con Esperanza: Reflecting On Training In My Second Language, And Designing For Effective Social Justice Advocacy, Phyllis Nicole Chill

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Community Engagement and Tools for Social Change, Hope Clark

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Programs That Transform U.S. Policy: Policy Termination and the Case of Guantanamo, Charsaree Clay

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Reflections Of Morocco: A Pre-Departure Training For Student Soujouners Studying With SIT Study Abroad, Lynee M. Connelly

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Uganda: A National Look At Current Conflict, Amanda Beth Coughlin

The Intersection of Peace-Work & Development: A Case Study of Search for Common Ground’s Strategic Focus on Youth Unemployment in West Africa, Farah Council

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Media-Based Monitoring and Evaluation for Grassroots Organizations, Wendy Fri Cross

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Livestock Policy and Institutional Environment in Ethiopia: implications for fodder policy and adoption, Messaye Taddele Dessie

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Social Service or Social Change?: A Comparative Case Study of Two Battered Women’s Organizations, Jordan F. Dez

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Sustaining Development Project: Participatory Project Design: A Key for Community Empowerment. A Case Study from a project targeting Exploited, Vulnerable children and Youth in Northern Uganda, Demba Diallo

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Advocacy Case Study Analysis: Global Campaign for Education, Allahleudé Djékoundadé

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Participatory Approach from Theory to Practice Case Study: Practical Action Project, Blue Nile State, Sudan, Amy Elhadi

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Creating A Program That Is Geared Toward The Under-Represented Populations In Study Abroad: The Cultural Education And Study Abroad Readiness (C.E.S.A.R.) Project, Teneisha R. Ellis

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Overcoming the Storm: The Most Effective Healing Strategies for African American Female Survivors of Sexual Violence, Argrow Kitnequa Evans

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The Green Divide: Bridging the Gap Between Politics and Practice Regarding Environmental Issues Among Conservative Christians, Melodie A. Foster

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Improving School Climate Using Professional Development: The need for transformational leadership in one urban school, Kristine M. Fredrick