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.

The full-text of papers written before July 2011 is limited to World Learning/SIT faculty, staff, students, and alumni. If you are not affiliated with World Learning and want access to these papers contact your local library and ask about requesting the hard copy on interlibrary loan. Papers written after July 2011 are all available full-text online with no restrictions

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Submissions from 1999

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After the storm : Peace Corps training following a natural disaster, Rebecca Ignatoff

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Empowerment as development : a case study of the Louden tribe of Koyukon Athabascan Indians in Alaska's bush interior, Jennifer B. Jean

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Internationalization of the campus at the School for International Training (SIT) : assimilation vs. intercultural learning, Reiko Kato

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Countering economic inequality : problems and prospects in Uttarakhand, India, Rob Kellogg

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Handloom's survival and alternative approach to empower weavers at Grameen Uddog, Myung Jae Kim

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Relocation program : the first experiential learning for expatriates and spouses, Taeko Kondo

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Rethinking progressive education : the praxis-centered classroom, Patricia Mercedes Krueger

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An assessment of Youth Exchange marketing materials for students of color and implications for printed marketing materials, Jennifer Late

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Khat consumption in Assanodugderera, Ethiopia : perceptions and its effects on income, Kedir Ligbicho

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Overcoming obstacles to diversifying graduate admissions, Michael F. Lyons

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Building institutional capacity through external consultants : an analysis of knowledge management practices, Kathryn Hodge Matchett

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A long way from home : improving pre-departure orientation seminars for female overseas Filipino workers, Lisa A. McCarthy

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Intercultural sensitivity and cross-cultural effectiveness development in study abroad, James E. McCoy

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What a family : gender and power within non-governmental development organizations in Peru, Rosa Mendoza

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The impact of Bangladesh flood of 1998 on BRAC's micro-credit borrowers, Siraj Uddin Mondal

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Don Quixote's noble vision lives! : Spain's NGOs can transform unbelieving Sancho Panzas, Sylvia Mari´a Montero

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Working Capital : meeting microcredit consumer needs for the 21st century, taking group variables into consideration, Karin-Aisha Munson

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The Impact of different cognative styles on participation in small groups at the School for International Training : a comparison of Japanese and US group participation, Hisako Murakami

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Information and communication technologies in support of sustainable human development, El-Tayeb Amna Musa

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Zambia's structural adjustment program : a tool for survival or just another economic experiment?, Kaemba Mwale

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Japanese study abroad agents : realities and recommendations for the international student recruiter, Anthony C. Ogden

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Welfare to work : the time it takes to find a job, Michelle Olson

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Experiences of single people working internationally: focus on crisis and trauma, Mari Ostendorf

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A study of international models for working with street children, Nicole R. Otte

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"The exotic other" : racist stereotyping in world history teaching, Jenny Otting

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Conflict resolution and intervention : positive approaches to school conflict, Kathryn Otting

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Peace Corps' - New England office - recruiter recruitment practices, John Patrone

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An assessment of the role of BRAC training centres during the Bangledesh flood of 1998, Habibur Rahman

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Communications and disaster response, John T. Rasmussen

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Beyond the tiger's stripes: examining the role of resources in breaking down stereotypes about the Hispanic business community, Elizabeth Rosenberg

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Communicating across cultures and cyberspace : electronic mail and admission of international students of English in the U.S. higher education context, Laura E. Rumbley

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Women's spiritual lives and acadamia : creation and sustainability of alternate worldviews in the scholarly realm, Jeannine Ryser

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Managing international development activities : a comparative analysis of projects in international development and training (PIDT) and the Mitchell Group Inc., Fadima B. Savadogo

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Concrescence for sustainability : the collaboration of civil society and the Earth Charter campaign toward a new development, Tobin Scipione

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Challenges facing supportive employment programs, Wendy S. Senft

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An evaluation of the Fall 1996 New International Student Orientation at Michigan State University : student's perceptions, Rebecca L. Shelp

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Exploring the connection between reproductive health trainings and empowerment for internally displaced women in Azerbaijan, Marjorie Singer

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White ally as a further stage of white racial identity development, Brooke Smith

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The acculturation of social auditing in Aotearoa : some preliminary findings, John M. Stansfield

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Valuing the expatriate assignment as a means to achieving global corporate culture : an organizational analysis of international human resources, Sharon L. Stebbins

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The quest for change : Arab and Jewish young women as the leaders of tomorrow, Marla Elizabeth Stein

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Considerations for design of cross-cultural training programs for single expatriates, Joan M. Stewart

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An ally in admissions : an investigation of the attitudes, awarenesses, and skills needed for diversity recruitment, Amy Stone

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WA : creating a harmony between Eastern spirituality and traditional American management values for enhanced employee motivation and effective leadership in the 21st century, Ai Tanaka

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A diversity working group: initial signs of efficacy, Tanya Naomi Cruz Teller

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The AFS-USA/service learning link, Robin A. Weber

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Challenge education : a strategy for responding to fear brought up by issues of social justice, Kimberly L. Weeter

Submissions from 1998

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Women and Transformation: Personal Narratives of Four Women, Debra Annibella

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A Critical Analysis of the Impact of Overseas Volunteers on Their Host Communities, Kristina Bailey

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Improving Diversity and Representation in AmeriCorps Programs, Rick Barry

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How do poor people in Bangladesh organize and manage village organizations (VOS) at the grassroots, Kedar P. Bhattarai

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Strengthening the government-NGO relationship in Bangladesh, Mominul Haque Bhuyan

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A College Semester Abroad Study Program in Tanzania: Evaluation and Grading of Intercultural Competencies, Charlotte KirKirkegaard Blessing

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A Study of Cross-Cultural Awareness in a Transnational Corporation’s Technical Training Course, Patricia A. Bonney

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Serving in culture C : the experience of Peace Corps volunteers in ethnically-mixed communities in Macedonia, Matthew E. Brown

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Impact Assessment of the Red Cross International Development Synposium for Youth, George Chandler

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UNHCR Croatia Efforts on Local Capacity Building, Panadda Changmanee

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Grassroots Empowerment and Change Implementation: The Challenges of a Grassroots Group to Become Manager of its Own Association, Ana Paula P. Chaves

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Economic Mechanisms to Encourage the Transfer of Low-Emission Technologies: An Evaluation of the Joint Implementation Concept, Jill Chopyak

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The Role of Literacy In the Process of Empowerment, Pamela C. Civins

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Between Two Worlds: A Bi-class Identity Development Model for Professionals From Working Class Backgrounds, Debra Ann Clark

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Community-based conservation : an overview of the Conkouati Faunal reserve in Congo-Brazzerville, Peter Clay

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Nepali Women's Adaptability to New Community Development Strategies, Sonja Darai

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Factors Affecting Internet Use in the Recruitment of International Students in U.S. Higher Education, Phillip A. Dowgiert

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The concept of accountability in public education : the roles, responsabilities, restraints of various stakeholders in Zimbabwe’s schools, Tomson Dube

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Racism and HIV/AIDS among African Americans : dismantling one addresses the other, H. Timothy Ewing

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Festivals and Festivities: A Cultural Event Planning Guide, David S. Finck

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Franchising as a Choice of Organizational Structure: The FINCA Case, Laura I. Frederick

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Cross-cultural Adjustments of Single Women: A Shared Experience, Michelle Gavin

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Becoming a Multicultural Organization A Plan for The Council of Canadians, M. Victoria Gibb-Carsley

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International Educators and Multicultural Educators: Potential Collaborators in the Future?, Lisa Giragosian

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Bringing about change in gender relations in BRAC, Sheepa Hafiza

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The Impact of the Challenge Day Progra: m A Transformational Youth Program held in the Vacaville Unified School District, Peter Hill

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Microfinance programs : a cross-cultural analysis of the Republican potential of the Grameen Bank Peer Lending Model and the FINCA Village Banking Model in the Ukraine, Ruth A, Hoffman

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Youth Development Outcomes: Defining Our Future, Caroline H. Hopkins

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The Effectiveness of Strategic Planning Support for Building Up the Capacity of the Small NGOs in Bangladesh, Mohammad Fazlul Hoque

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Reentry: A Case Study of the Central College International Education Yucatan Program 1985-1997, Kimberley Huffman

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Stages of Conciousness in Becoming Aware of One's Own Behavior: A Model for Transformational Leaders, Azhar Hussain

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Bridging the gap: understanding the cultural differences foreign teachers and Korean students bring to the EFL classroom and developing strategies to overcome them, Treva Ingrasci

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The impact of Proshika’s women’s development program on participants lives, Shahidul Islam

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The Problem of Multilateral Debt: Politics and Implications for Advocacy, Amy Jersild

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Reaching Out To Inner-City Youth: Lifelines of Risk & Opportunities, Lori Marie Johnson

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The Earth Council: Does it reflect sustainable development?, Rebeckah Johnston

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National resource mobilization : local fundraising for NGOs in Bangladesh, Zahida Fizza Kabir

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How US Americans Can Work Successfully With the Japanese in a Business Context, Isao Kanazawa

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Symptoms and treatment of refugee survivors of torture residing in the United States, Susan Lamping

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Support services for international students : a lack of commitment by U.S. colleges, Monya Lemery

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The nonprofit entrepreneurial structure : a new construct for nonprofit organizational structure, Clare Cookson Lewis

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A study of the influence of legal literacy on the process of women’s empowerment in rural Nepal, Meloney Lindberg

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Intercultural communication in context : theory and practice in the overseas classroom, John Lucas

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Rainbow connection : a non-credit cross-cultural sensitivity program for community college students, Kate Lynch

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Evaluating Advocacy Efforts Among Nongovernmental Organizations: An Examination of Approaches, Steven Malamud

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Outside-initiated community development projects : is there hope for an inside sense of ownership?, a study with refugee women on the Thai-Burmese Border, Veronika Martin

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Caught in a Malaysian culture trap : implications for women volunteering overseas, Nicole Meyer

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Exploratory Research on Barriers to Assessment and Treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), with a particular interest in boys of African American descent., Ann W. Miller

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Building Successful Working Relationships: U.S.A. - Mexico, Rossana Miranda-Johnston

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Fair trade : promoting economic development and cultural preservation, a Guatemalan model, Heather Moncrief

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Building a culture of peace in a war-torn society : examining the role and responsibility of international and local non-governmental organizations in building sustainable peace in Bosnia and Hercegovina, Angela Oliver

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A study of the Japanese nonprofit sector : implications of problem solving techniques, Masato Onozawa

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Getting to safe : definitions and strategies from the Outward Bound facilitator on creating an "emotionally safe" learning environment, Diane F. Petrakos