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 2003

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Youth Employment A Model of Sustainable Development, Kim Outten

Youth Employment A Model of Sustainable Development, Kim Outten

The Effects of Culture on Virtual Teams, Elizabeth Persico

The Effects of Culture on Virtual Teams, Elizabeth Persico

Women Students of Color in Higher Education: The Journey of Racial and Ethnic Identity, Sheila Placido

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Women Students of Color in Higher Education: The Journey of Racial and Ethnic Identity, Sheila Placido

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A Study of the Challenges perceived by African American Young Men Who Have Sex with Men (AAYMSM) that increase their risks of infection and transmission of HIV/AIDS and that hinder their efforts at Community Mobilization, Education and Prevention, Jerome Julius Powell

A Study of the Challenges perceived by African American Young Men Who Have Sex with Men (AAYMSM) that increase their risks of infection and transmission of HIV/AIDS and that hinder their efforts at Community Mobilization, Education and Prevention, Jerome Julius Powell

The Muskie/FREEDOM Support Act Exchange Program and Social Reforms: A Participant's Perspective, Olga Ptichenko

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The Muskie/FREEDOM Support Act Exchange Program and Social Reforms: A Participant's Perspective, Olga Ptichenko

Pedagogy for the Oppressed: A Preliminary Study of Education Programs for Incarcerated Youth, Lotta Rao

Pedagogy for the Oppressed: A Preliminary Study of Education Programs for Incarcerated Youth, Lotta Rao

An Exploration of Factors Influencing the Success of International Students’ Practicum/Job Searches in the United States, Aya Saiki

An Exploration of Factors Influencing the Success of International Students’ Practicum/Job Searches in the United States, Aya Saiki

The Reconciliation Process Between Japan and the Republic of Korea, Akiko Sakaedani

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The Reconciliation Process Between Japan and the Republic of Korea, Akiko Sakaedani

Multiculturism in Elementary Schools: Making the case for introducing multicultural education to the youngest of our youth, Mitzi Sanchez

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Multiculturism in Elementary Schools: Making the case for introducing multicultural education to the youngest of our youth, Mitzi Sanchez

Improving the Hiring of National Staff in High Management Positions in Humanitarian Operations, John Sauer

Improving the Hiring of National Staff in High Management Positions in Humanitarian Operations, John Sauer

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

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

Weaving Experiential and Online Learning: A phenomenological study of experiential learning online, Karen Sigel

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Weaving Experiential and Online Learning: A phenomenological study of experiential learning online, Karen Sigel

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

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

Connecting Students to Practitioners: Using Asynchronous Discussion Boards in Nonviolent Peace Education, Christian Sinclair

Connecting Students to Practitioners: Using Asynchronous Discussion Boards in Nonviolent Peace Education, Christian Sinclair

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

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

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

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

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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

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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

Evaluating Indigenous Resource Use in the Kanuku Mountains, Susan Stone

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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

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

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

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

Development of Thailand-based Burmese democracy-building organizations and their role in transforming the conflict in Burma, Tun Tun Than

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Development of Thailand-based Burmese democracy-building organizations and their role in transforming the conflict in Burma, Tun Tun Than

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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Religiously inspired peace builders, Ezra Weinberg

Religiously inspired peace builders, Ezra Weinberg

Exploring Returned Peace Corps Volunteers’ Experiences with Community-Based Training in Nepal, Patrick Wesner

Exploring Returned Peace Corps Volunteers’ Experiences with Community-Based Training in Nepal, Patrick Wesner

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

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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

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

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

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

Submissions from 2002

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

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

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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

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

Mayan Q'eqchi spice producers and international organic certification regulations : gaps in farmer participation and applicability of international regulations, Michaelyn M. Bachuber

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Mayan Q'eqchi spice producers and international organic certification regulations : gaps in farmer participation and applicability of international regulations, Michaelyn M. Bachuber

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

The Impact of International Service on the Personal Development of Participants of the Operation Crossroads Africa Seven-Week Program, Paul Fairbanks

The Impact of International Service on the Personal Development of Participants of the Operation Crossroads Africa Seven-Week Program, Paul Fairbanks

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

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

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