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 2015

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The International Humanity Foundation Co-Director Training Program, Indonesia: Supporting International Volunteers, Christina Darling

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MIND THE GAP: UNDERSTANDING THE LACK OF SOCIAL INTEGRATION BETWEEN U.S. NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS, Danika Delano

Learning How to Support Diversity in Study Abroad: Building Interdepartmental Relationships at the University of San Diego to Effectively Support Students of Diversity through the Study Abroad Experience, Alison E. Droster

The Cradle of Humanity: A Program Proposal for Where There Be Dragons, Emmanuel Dukundane

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National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce: Creating Market Disruption within the LGBT Advocacy Arena, Jhay Edwards

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The Ripple Effects of Digital Storytelling: Transforming Collective Consciousness, Amanda Esons

Bridging the Gap: An Examination of Environmental Factors and their Effects on the HBCU Student’s Decision to Study Abroad, Kelcie Evenson

Asbestos Management and Non-profit Action in Macedonia, Spencer Fain

Expanding Global Education at Trinity School: An Environmentally Focused Service-Learning Pilot Program in New Orleans, Kaitlin Fisher

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Understanding how Culture Impacts the Potential for Urban Gardens to Increase Access to Healthy Food A Qualitative Study of Food Access in North Milwaukee, Kristen Fledderjohn

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YOUTH EMPOWERMENT AS DEMONSTRATED BY THE JÓVENES EN ACCIÓN PROGRAM, Kirstin French

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Is Soil Quality Linked to PSNP Graduation in East and West Hararghe, Ethiopia?, Elizabeth Gladding

Monitoring and Evaluation System for Capacity Building for Inclusive Education in El Salvador, Flor Gomez Byers

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Engagement and Global Learning through Philanthropy: A Youth Philanthropy Council for International Baccalaureate Students, Erin Gorman

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Liberia and Dual Citizenship: The Issues Arising from Un-Visioned Realities, Esau A. Greene Sr.

A Comprehensive Framework for Monitoring and Evaluating Corporate Social Responsibility Programs, Yazmin Gutierrez

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ENGAGING MEN IN WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMMING: AN APPROACH TO MONITORING AND EVALUATION, Todd Hadley

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Women's Entrepreneurship Development In Ethiopia A Case Study Of Women in Self Employment (WISE), Melat Tekletsadik Haile Ms

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Designing U.S. Policy To Achieve Inclusive Agricultural Development And Food Systems, Marissa L. Henderson

Cross-Cultural Facilitation Skills in a Curriculum Design Project: Collaborative Learning for Social Change in the Republic of Macedonia, Lurdes Hernandez Hernandez

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Climate Change and Sustainable Agricultural Practices Program in Northern Vietnam: An Approach to Evaluation, Phuong Vu Quynh Hoang

University Abroad Pathway Program Orientation: A Targeted Design for Chinese Students, Caitlin S. Hoffmann

From Leader to Experiential Educator: Professionalizing Facilitation of International Service-Learning Programs through Effective Leader Training, Brittany Hurst

Internationalizing Housing The internationalization plan for housing international students within the ten residential colleges at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Mirabai Hutton

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Cal Poly Study Abroad Program Design for Facilitation of Intercultural Competency, Erica Jorgenson

ENTREPRENEURIAL VALUE CREATION: TRANSFORMING A COLLECTIVE OF INFLUENTIAL DIGITAL NATIVES INTO A SOCIAL VENTURE OPPORTUNITY, Mariel M. Kanene

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Reframing Inclusion: Cross-cultural interventions for families with Deaf children in Swaziland, Pamela Keilig

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Beyond NAFSA: An Assessment of Professional Development Needs of Secondary-Level International Education Professionals, Emily A. Keizer

Youth Work and Burnout: Perspectives on stress and burnout from the education and human service profession, Stacy King

Significance of a New Student Orientation Within International Education Agencies Offering Higher Education Online: Development of Communication, Computer, and Team-Building Skills at Haitian Connection Network (HCN), Nicole L. Kirchner

The Future of INGOs: A Qualitative Case Study of Save the Children, Cristina M. Kowarick

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Enhancing the Faculty-Led Study Abroad Proposal Process to Facilitate the Creation of Academically Enriched Programs, Tanya Kramer

Structuring a Comparative Assessment: Lessons on Advocacy Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning, Daniel G. Landeros

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Foreign Language Education Through an International Education Lens, Bridget Landry

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Assessing Organizational Data Culture to Create an Ideal Data Ecosystem, Lauren M. Leary

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Strategic Study Abroad: A Program Proposal for Continued Faith Development of Chi Alpha Students Studying Abroad, Erin Leonard

JEST, Mary Ann Lockard

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Reinventing the Role of Children and Youth in Post-Conflict Peacebuilding, Amirah M. Alias

STEP RIGHT UP! : Using Circus Arts in Youth Peacebuilding Programs, Rachel Marr

The Effect of Service-Learning on Social Identity Development: The Impact Scholars Program, Kylie McCreesh

Educating and Empowering Rhode Island's Youth in Becoming the Next Generation of Leaders for Social Change and Justice., Lily McKay

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Travel Tales: the role of storytelling in abroad experience and healing, Colleen N. McMurray

Maturity Models for Development: Institutionalizing an ICT4D Approach, Miguel Martin V. Menez

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Ensuring Social Success: Assessing the Factors that Affect the Social Experiences of International Students at a Large, Urban Community College in Texas, Sharon A. Miller

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Somali Remittances Campaign, Ammar Mohammed

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Mitigating Constraints in Resource Access: The Design and Delivery of a Sustainable Livelihood and Human Rights Project in Big Babanki, Cameroon, Robert V. Muluh

From MDGs to SDGs: Women and Girls' Voices On The Global Development Agenda, Cleopatra Ndlovu

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Policy Recommendations for Alleviating Homelessness in Chittenden County, Vermont, Brittany E. Nevins

Mandated Literacy Curricula: Teachers’ Perceptions of Fundations in the K-3 Classroom, Maresa E. Nielson

TOWARDS A COHESIVE CIVIL RESISTANCE-ORIENTED PROGRAMS IN PALESTINE, Ayman A M Nijim Mr.

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Measuring Equity in Transit-Oriented Development: Application to Affordable Housing, Beryl Oranga

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Finding and Funding a Future for Aguadulce: RUEDA Recycling Social Venture in Panama, Maria Raquel Ortiz

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Intercultural Competence Abroad: Creating an ICC Track at the Umbra Institute, Maria Papapietro

Regulation to Promote Children’s Environmental Health in North Carolina: A Case Study of the Toxic Free Kids Act, Preston Peck

CIEE Local Coordinator Training: Supporting U.S. Department of State High School Exchange Students, Kathryn (Katie) Pfohl

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Why is the Color of One’s Skin so Significant in Southern Mexico?, Savalda Jacqueline Platt

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Development in Alaska/British Columbia Transboundary Watersheds: A Campaign for International Joint Commission Involvement, Elizabeth Purdy

Moving to Amend: How One Social Movement Aims to Restore Democracy and Abolish Corporate Personhood, Mae Quilty

Policy Recommendations for Michigan Promise Zones, Shantel E. Reynolds

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CHALLENGES IN IMPLEMENTING RESTORATIVE JUSTICE PRACTICES IN THE UNITED STATES, Erin Roaza

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Spoken Language to be Embraced and Avoided Around Disability: Words That Impact Identity and Sense of Achievement, Jessica M. Rodrigues

"No Write Way": Plagiarism Policy, Implementation, and Intercultural Competence at NYU Shanghai, Rebecca Rozek

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The Gender Imbalance in U.S. Outbound Study Abroad: A Case Study of Semester at Sea, Jessica L. Ryan

Cultural and Environmental Preservation in a Multifaceted Nation: A Short-Term Study Abroad Program Design in South Africa for The Experiment in International Living, Katelin Ryan

KAKA TOURIST VILLAGE PROJECT: A TALE OF PROSPERITY, Maarof A. Sanad

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The Hidden Epidemic: Mental Health Epidemiology in Post-Conflict Populations and Implications for Conflict Transformation Practices, Jennifer Sato

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Culture and Cognition: The role culture plays in cognitive development in rural Tanzania, Eileen Seissen

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Faculty Knowledge of the Purposes and Processes of Short-Term Faculty Led Study Abroad, Sandra L. Short

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Unlocking a Narrative: Stories of Islam and Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation, Jeremy Sinensky

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Implementation of a Participatory Approach to Monitoring and Evaluation: Literature Review & Case Study Application, Lucas Sokol-Oxman

The Lights Turn Off, But The Future Is Bright - How the power crisis affects social livelihoods in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic., Christian R. Suero

Implementing a Strategic Planning Process into a Non-Profit Organization (PH) for Developing Long Term Goal-Oriented Approaches to Programming and Organizational Health, Hannah Taliaferro

Cupcakes con Conciencia - Empowering Vulnerable Women, Tricia Thompson

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The Role of Media in Nepal’s Peacebuilding Process, Dipak Raj Tiwari

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Experiential Language Learning: A Short-Term Study Abroad Program to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala for Canton High School, Michelle Traub

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Rebuilding Houses, Rebuilding Ukraine: Peacebuilding through Youth Service-Learning, Katherine Tremont

Case Studies in Sustainable Development Abroad with ProWorld Service Corps., Tavia L. Trulson

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Transitions: The First Year Experience of International Undergraduates at Yale College, Danielle Valles

Modifying the Virginia Regulated Investor-Owned Utility Model for the Common Good, Steven J. Williams

Communicating Across Cultures: An Intercultural Training For the University of Connecticut School of Law Staff and Faculty, Christine Xiong

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The Zen of Charity Giving in China: An Understanding of the Chinese Philanthropic Sector and Recommendations on Moving Towards Sustainability, Li Zheng

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The Global Village: Improving Intercultural Experiences at Keene State College Through Living/Learning Communities, Laura Zuelch

Submissions from 2014

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Maximizing the Benefits of Short-Term International Programs: Student Engagement and Reentry Guide for Global Routes Students and Leaders, Susanna Adams

Living-Learning Communities: Impacts on Exchange Students' Social Integration, Sara Alhakam

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On the Link between Conflict, Underdevelopment and the Pursuit of Basic Needs Satisfaction: A Survey of Haitian Construction Workers in the Dominican Republic, Joseph W. Alliance

Risk Management for Secondary School Study Abroad Programs, Marley Aloe

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Basic Human Health and Sustainable Community Development: A Case Study of a Community in Monte Plata, Dominican Republic, Rachelle H. Arnoux

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Work and Study Abroad – Students’ Perceptions of the Effects of International Internships on their Personal and Professional Development, Aleksandra Asparuhova

Class(ed)Room: Individualized Student Disciplinary Policies as Ignoring the Current Economic Order, Nicole H. Awwad

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Bridging the Food Gap: Addressing the feasibility and applicability of three key traditionally Western food preservation techniques to improving household food security and reducing malnutrition in Uganda., Eva K. Baguma

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Planning Sustainable Food Hubs: Thinking Beyond Economic Viability to Democratize Local Food Access, Ashley Bahlkow

Global IMPACT: A Service-Learning Course for Semester at Sea, Karen Bajda

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For Better or For Worse: Gender and the Congo Basin Forests, Jennifer M. Bangoura

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Designing Pre-Departure Orientation as a For-Credit Academic Seminar: Curriculum and Content, Joshua P. Barber

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Teaching the Moral Imagination: How Global Education Aids in Peacebuilding, Charlee Bianchini

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Internationalizing the Study Abroad Classroom: An Intensive English Program at the American Graduate School in Paris, Jordan A. Caley

Social Return on Investment Methodology- To Justify, Track, and Manage Socio-Economic Development Investments in Madagascar, Christopher Carazas

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Communicating Climate Change: A National Security Framework, Stacy Casey

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A Student Assessment in Value of Cooperative Education Curriculum Integrated Through Character Development: The Greenwood School, Rebecca Clarke

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Preparing Teen Girls to Enter the Workforce through a Job-Readiness Training Program in the Dominican Republic, Genevieve F. Corrin