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 2013

Aloha Kakou: A Socially-Responsible Student Travel Program Based in Hawaii, Jacob G. Dunlap

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Corporate-Community Engagement in Madagascar: Using Traditional Dialogue Methods to Improve Community Engagement Between Private Firms and Local Communities, Sarah Gaylord - Ratsimbazafy

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Community Internationalization: Developing the Host Family Program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Alicia Haley

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Learner-Centered: A Case Study Analysis of the Participatory Approach in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Kei E. Ida

A New Direction for Fair Trade USA: A Contextual Analysis of Latin American Coffee Farmers, Stephanie Johnson

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Gaging the Education Abroad Perception: A Survey of Personnel at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Jennifer R. Krahn

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The Remittance Intentions of Second-Generation Ghanaian-Americans, Kirstie Kwarteng

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After the Sugarcane: A Case Study of Community Development in Rural Dominican Republic, Heidi Larr

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Advocacy for Reproductive Justice in Miami-Dade County Schools: Planning a Campaign to Influence Sex Education Policies, Lisi Lau

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A New Model: Improving Adult Experiences in The Holy Land With Effective Pre-Departure Information, Resources and Procedures, Sarah A. Loan

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Agriculture and the Food System: A Short History and Country Case Study in Mongolia, Marissa L. Markowitz

Learning to Learn: How International NGOs Can Become Learning Organizations, Erin Martin

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Reexamining Cultural Orientation Provided to Newly Arrived Refugees, Sara E. Matchulat

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Agroforestry and Smallholder Farmers: Climate Change Adaptation through Sustainable Land Use, Colin McCabe

Women and movements: A feminist reconceptualization of the role of women in the post-colonial nationalist movement in Algeria and the revolution in Syria, Drew McCormick

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Strengths and Limitations of the Design of Helen Keller International’s ChildSight® Program Based on Lessons Learned Through the Implementation in Vietnam, 2011-2013, Bradley J. Owen

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Developing a Pre-Departure and Re-Entry Orientation for Study Abroad Students at The Univerisidad Católica De La Santísima Concepción, Jennifer Ramos

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Study Abroad and Identity: The African American Experience, Alicia Ranney

Case Studies from the Ground Up: Transforming Conflict through Accompaniment, Engagement, and Empowerment, Courtney L. Renken

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Challenges of Containing New HIV Infections in Ethiopia: Unacknowledged Transmission Route, Dessu Sam

Global Air Protection on Climate Change: The U.S. and Indonesia Air Quality Governance, Metrini Geopani Simatupang

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Engaging Young Professionals in Credit Unions: Reviving a Movement through Online Social Networking, Meet-ups, and Events, Rebecca Spachek

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Burma: Worlds's Longest Ongoing Civil War-An Exploration of NGO Free Burma Rangers Philosophy and Collective Identity and its Effect on the Ethnic Burmese in Promoting Peace, Larry D. Stratton

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Exploring the History and Challenges of Monitoring and Evaluation in International Nongovernmental Organizations: Complemented by Intern Experience at Save the Children USA, Scott Toscano

Science Without Borders: Science Diplomacy and the Politics of Power, Alice L. Urban

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A Tale of Two Trusts: A Case Study of the Consolidation of Two Community Land Trust Affordable Housing Organizations in Vermont, Isaac I. Wagner

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Second Lines, Story Circles, and Freedom Songs: A Call and Response, Ann-Meredith Wootton

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Access Abroad: A Design in Equitable Access to Education Abroad, Matthew Zielsdorf

Submissions from 2012

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Regenerative Entrepreneurship, Matthew Abrams

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Knowledge and Financial Management in Households: An Examination of Married Women’s Perspectives in Chadbourn, North Carolina, Hmoud Fanash Al Surikhi

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An Introduction to Life at a U.S. University: A Pre-departure orientation for Thai students going to the U.S. to Study, Alexandra B. Ashley

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Thirsting For Justice: A Campaign to Educate and Mobolize Palestinian Youth to Advocate For Water Rights, Ashraf Ashqar

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Changing the Status Quo of Waste Management: Case Study of a Rural Costa Rican Town, Anna Katherine Rodenborg Baker

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Journey to the "New" West: A Course Proposal for Cultural Integration in Chinese ESL Education, Erica Balazs

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Women Empowerment and Community Development through Ecotourism, Katherine S. Barry

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Addressing the Learning Needs at Occupy DC, Andrew J. Batcher

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Making Changes and Coming Full Circle: A Look at How Women Farmers in Oregon and Washington Define Their Own Identities, Realities, and Contributions, Courtney Bauman

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Analysis of National Association of Bilingual Education, Sam J. Baumer

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It Will Be an Ugly Winter (Again) This Year: A Case Study of the Vermont Community Action Partnership's Perennial Fight for Low-Income Fuel Assistance Programs, Elizabeth H. Bennett

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Exploring Locally to Grow Globally: A Community Excursion-based Elective for Intensive English Programs, Andrea L. Bernasconi

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Social Entrepreneurship in Egypt: Turning Revolutionary Ambition into Tangible Results, Chris C. Blackwood

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Revolutionary Ideology in the Information Age: Technology of the Occupy Wall Street Movement, Jed D. Blume

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The Journey Home from Ecuador: A Reentry Guide for Tandana Foundation Volunteers, Heidi Bohn

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Weaving Culture into Context: Redesigning the Internship Program for Barcelona Study Abroad Experience, Sara Bradshaw

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Creating Effective Programming for Iraqi Adult Mentors in World Learning’s Youth Peacebuilding and Leadership Programs, Kira L. Brady

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Northern Lights: Fourth World Nations and the Geopolitical Dance in the Arctic, Heidi G. Bruce

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Addiction in Alaska: How Alcohol Abuse is Impacting Community Members in Native Villages throughout Rural Alaska, Cristina Casillo

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Homelessness in Brattleboro: An Examination if a Poor Community in Brattleboro, Vt, What Services are Available, and how the Community Could Benefit From Sustainable Development Practices., Emily Clever

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Spain & Morocco: Issues in Hospitality & Tourism, Shanathan Crayton

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The Conflict Transformation Team of the Henry Martyn Institute and their Pursuit of Transformation, Robert Danzi

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Community Perspectives- How Study Abroad with Service Learning Impacts the Locals, Sarah J. Delcambre

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"The Need for Nature: Exploring Youth Leadership Development through Outdoor Activities", Margaret A. Dudley

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Moroccan Encounter: A Cross-Cultural, Peacebuilding, and Interfaith Program for U.S. and Moroccan Youth, Kristin A. Eberman

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Decommissioning Orleans Parish Prison: A Campaign to Build a Safer New Orleans / One Local Policy Step to Dismantle the Prison Industrial Complex, Tara M. Echo

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In what ways does research-based gender-specific youth programming affect girls’ development post-program?, Alaina Ennamorati

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Stable, Practical, and High-paying: How Second Generation Indian/Pakistani Adults are Affected by Parental Pressure in Their Career Choices, Sabrina Eveland

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American Ways: A Course in Contemporary U.S. Culture for International Students, Christopher D. Fitch

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Marketing Vermont as a Multicultural Brand, Shambulia Gadsden Sams

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The First Generation Community: What Does It Mean to be a Youth Member?, Elissa M. Gallup

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A Monitoring and Evaluation Plan for the Core Competencies of Skilled Birth Attendants in Nepal, Roberta Goldstein

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A Diversity Initiative in Global Education for First-Generation Students, Jessica Greenbaum

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Learning to inform action: Most Significant Change technique as a tool to build evaluative capacity at Tostan, Sarah Harris

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Empowerment, Engagement and Efficacy: Incorporating Youth Participant Voices into Program Assessment at OneWorld Now!, Darielle Horsey

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The Role of Local Food in Increasing Access to Healthy Food in Indianapolis, Indiana, Anna Hostetter

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Suicide Rates Among Young, Married Women in Nepal, Kirra L. Hughes

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Community Development Challegnes in Rural Guatemala, Maryam Jamali

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Project GAYA: A Study Abroad Program Design for Fundación Operación GAYA Internacional, Lauren E. Johanson

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Power of Play: Is Girls’ Empowerment through Sport Social Justice?, Victoria M. Jones

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“Around the World Project” at the Maryland Institute College of Art: Making International Education Week a Year-long Program, Rebecca L. La Creta

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Internationalization of K-12 Schools Through the Eyes of Public School Principals, Megan M. Landwehr

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Consulting Cultural Informants: A Look at the Extent to which Students Use Informants and Other Strategies to Learn from Their International Experiences, William Scott Leroy

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Mountain Movement: The Design, Implementation, & Evaluation of a Youth Yoga Program, Abigail A. Long

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Land is Life: A Policy Advocacy Case Study of the Northern Thailand Land Reform Movement, Jason Lubanski

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The Californians Against Sexual Exploitation (CASE) Act: A Case Study in Policy Advocacy, Bailey Mannisto-Ichés

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Unlocking the Roots of Stigma Towards Victims of Trafficking in Albania, Dana L. Marion

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How Do Corporate Philosophies Of Japanese Companies Influence Their Practice Of The Base Of The Economic Pyramid (BOP) Business And The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)?, Akane Matsumoto

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Freedom in Creation: Global Village Education Program, Daniel C. Maxwell

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Twin Oaks: A Case Study of an Intentional Egalitarian Community, Katharina F. McCarty

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On the Road to Internationalization: Designing an International Student Handbook for Northern New Mexico College, Sara M. McCormick

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Dialogue Between Israelis and Palestinians: Obsolete Approach or Still Viable Technique in the Middle East Conflict Transformation Toolkit?, Laurie Millman

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Identity, Entitlement and Violence: A Cross Analysis of Intimate Partner Domestic Violent with the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, Troy D. Montes

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The Transition Movement in Putney, Vermont: Building Social and Economic Resilience, With a Focus on Putney Farmers’ Market, Sombat Moontha

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VISIONS Service Adventures: China; A Comprehensive Program Design, Whitney Morgan

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Chronic Child Neglect: CYS Staff Perspectives on Repeat Clients, Erin M. Murphy

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Exploring Sydney: An Onsite Orientation Program for Students Studying in Australia, Meaghan Murphy

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How Can An Organization Use the Differences in Behavior and Perception of Its Members to Build Collaborative Relationships? - A Case Study on an Ethiopia-Japan Cross-Cultural Organization for Development -, Akie Nawa

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Learning Spanish Through Community Interaction, Leigh E. Newman-Bell

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Challenges in the land of hope: Phoenix area refugees and the recession, Valerie E. Nightingale

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Korean-American Divided Families: catalyst for changing the course of the USA policy on North Korea, Jungyoung Park

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The Meeting School: An Alternative Mode of Education, Hallel Parsons

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Planning and Designing a Sustainable Volunteer Based Organization: The Putney Food Shelf, Annik Yvette Paul

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Case Study of Voces de la Frontera and Immigration Policy in Walker's Wisconsin, Erin E. Peot

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The Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy: A Case Study Advocating for Pregnant and Parenting Teens in Massachusetts, Kassandra Petr

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Behind Bars: prison abolition and collective work toward social justice, Emily M. Pulsfus

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Effects of Leadership and Trauma on Grassroots Community Development in Post-Conflict/Genocide Societies: A Rwandan Case Study, Bryna C. Ramsey

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Homelessness: An Outcome of Structural Cruelty, Bharat Rathod

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ExplOre, Educate, Expand: The ExplOratorium’s Education Abroad Youth Program, Nina Rubin

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Food Fight: A Case Study of the Community Food Security Coalition’s Campaign for a Fair Farm Bill, Marni Salmon

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A Lone Nut in Compton:Lessons in Community Engagement with TreePeople in South Los Angeles, Jason Schlatter

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Strength in Numbers? Creating a Peacebuilding Network in Rwanda, Dan Shamblin