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

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

Religiously inspired peace builders, Ezra Weinberg

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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

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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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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

Attitude toward German Prisoner of War Camps in America, Leston M.J. Freeman

Attitude toward German Prisoner of War Camps in America, Leston M.J. Freeman

Institute for International Sport : an empowerment approach, Katie Gilbertson

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Institute for International Sport : an empowerment approach, Katie Gilbertson

Polly-Shomaj : problems in mobilizing public local resources and overcoming steps, an in-depth look, Md. Hamiduzzaman

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Polly-Shomaj : problems in mobilizing public local resources and overcoming steps, an in-depth look, Md. Hamiduzzaman

An Evaluation of NGO-Government Relationships in Bangladesh, M. Mossaber Hossain

An Evaluation of NGO-Government Relationships in Bangladesh, M. Mossaber Hossain

Simulations : more than just a game?, Catherine A, Huber

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Simulations : more than just a game?, Catherine A, Huber

Let’s! Tokyo A Look at Western Expatriate Success and Post-Arrival Trainings in Tokyo, Meriah Hudson

Let’s! Tokyo A Look at Western Expatriate Success and Post-Arrival Trainings in Tokyo, Meriah Hudson

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The cultural adjustment process of Bosnian refugees, Sharon Alice Kennedy

The cultural adjustment process of Bosnian refugees, Sharon Alice Kennedy

The Creation of Hybrid Delivery Courses at the School for International Training: A Case Study of the Organizational Management Intensive Residence and Online Courses, Laura C. Klimpel

The Creation of Hybrid Delivery Courses at the School for International Training: A Case Study of the Organizational Management Intensive Residence and Online Courses, Laura C. Klimpel

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The impact of culture on the Art & Soul experience : expressive arts in a multicultural environment, Susan Kohm

The impact of culture on the Art & Soul experience : expressive arts in a multicultural environment, Susan Kohm

Deaf Advocacy: Increasing Accessibility at Arts Venues in Brattleboro, Vermont, Susan Kyle

Deaf Advocacy: Increasing Accessibility at Arts Venues in Brattleboro, Vermont, Susan Kyle

Temporary Land Retirement as an Agri-Environmental Policy Tool, Cara Laubach

Temporary Land Retirement as an Agri-Environmental Policy Tool, Cara Laubach

Host culture perception of a study abroad program and its impact on the community, Julie Levy

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Host culture perception of a study abroad program and its impact on the community, Julie Levy

The role of Armenian women as peacebuilders since the end of the Soviet era, Cloe Liparini

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The role of Armenian women as peacebuilders since the end of the Soviet era, Cloe Liparini

The role of non-governmental organizations in the election-monitoring process, Soraja Lofstrom

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The role of non-governmental organizations in the election-monitoring process, Soraja Lofstrom

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How to gain entry into the DC Latino community : a gap analysis of the cultural styles of the National Chapter of the American Red Cross and the DC Latino community, Laura Louise Luce

How to gain entry into the DC Latino community : a gap analysis of the cultural styles of the National Chapter of the American Red Cross and the DC Latino community, Laura Louise Luce

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Race, gender and the African American women's study abroad experience in Spain, Khadijah Luqman

Race, gender and the African American women's study abroad experience in Spain, Khadijah Luqman

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The new Spanish-speaking workforce : employers' experiences in Memphis, Shelby Howell Mallory

The new Spanish-speaking workforce : employers' experiences in Memphis, Shelby Howell Mallory

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Violent images in a fragile place, Peter S. May

Violent images in a fragile place, Peter S. May

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African-American leadership in the Episcopal diocese of western North Carolina, Sarah Toy McArdle

African-American leadership in the Episcopal diocese of western North Carolina, Sarah Toy McArdle

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Exploring the impact of international faculty development seminars on teaching, Tjede Merlini McVey

Exploring the impact of international faculty development seminars on teaching, Tjede Merlini McVey

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A situation analysis of orphanages & residential institutions for the developmentally disabled community in Armenia, Nicholas McVoy

A situation analysis of orphanages & residential institutions for the developmentally disabled community in Armenia, Nicholas McVoy