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 2012

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Enhancing Road Scholar Cuba Programs through Group Leader Training, Desiree N. Shrode

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Training Parent Volunteers As Effective Allies In Youth Empowerment Programs, Ria Shroff

Global Italia: An Online Intercultural Communication Orientation for the University of Washington, Elizabeth S. Singh

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West Coast Antiwar Nonprofit Collaboration, Rosalind Sipe

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Assessing the Unassessed: Incorporating Evaluation into the North Carolina State University Curriculum Integration Program, Jamie B. Snow

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Incentivized HIV Testing--Is It Needed and Effective? Developing an Evaluation Tool, Dawn Spellman

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Branding Lazos de Amor: Importance and Challenges of Branding Small Non-Profits, The Journey Towards a Better Brand., Sugey Terrero

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New Culture: Personal and Cultural Transformation, April G. Thomas

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A Mission-Driven Organization Case Study: The Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation, Laura R. Thomas

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How is the Most Segregated City in the Country Addressing Disproportionate Minority Contact with a Juvenile Burglary Restorative Justice Program and What Implications Exist for Community Based Restorative Circles? : Conflict Analysis and Recommendations, Lauren Thrift

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Designing A Complete Community Center: Responsive Design in a Rural Setting, Sheryl Tubbs

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Motivating Factors for Young Adults in the Brattleboro Area to Start in Organic Agriculture for Their Career, Tomokazu Utsugi

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LinkedIn to Facebook and Twitter: The role of social media in developing community for non-profits, Elizabeth Weaver

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Road Scholar Service-Learning Corps: Reflection and Reciprocity in Rajasthan, India, Lezlie R. Weber

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Thinking Beyond Borders: Critical Pedagogy in a Neoliberal Economy, Sarah E. White

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Looking To Do More. Evaluating the Process of Researching and Proposing a Location Change to a Local Food Pantry, Allison Wilde

Submissions from 2011

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Transforming Lives and Communities: A case study on building partnerships in the Philippines through Appreciative Inquiry, Rizalina L. Ababa

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An Analysis of Women’s Participation In Peace Negotiations; 1992 - 2010, Tuohy Ahern

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Jordanian Teachers of Arabic as a Second Language: Effective techniques and problems encountered across cultures, Jumana Al-Mahamid

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Arabic Diglossia And Arabic As A Foregn Language: The Perception Of Students In World Learning Oman Center, Hilal Al-Mamari

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Sustainable Development Projects For Refugees Case Study: Measuring The Scope Of Sustainability Of Sustainable Development Projects And Microcredit In Eritrean Refugee Camps In Eastern Sudan, Khalid Alssardiyah

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Short-Term Medical Exchange: A Proposal For Via In Stanford, California, Amy Loise Casey Azuma

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Shooting The Moon: Social Justice and The Logic of Capitalism, Jonathan G. Barnes

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Mind the Conflict: Mindfulness and the (Israeli-Jewish) Conflict Mindset. Dis-Covering Psychological Barriers to Peace, Shiri Barr

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Paradise Lost, Found Or Created? Expectations Between Teachers And Vulnerable Children: Case Study On Peace House Secondary School, Northern Tanzania, Kelli Bee

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Girls Club: The Gender Imbalance of Youth Programs, a Case Study, Shayne Bell

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Summer Bridge Program at the University of San Francisco for Conditionally Admitted Chinese Students, Adrienne M. Bergenfeld

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Toward A Praxis Of Revolutionary Solidarity, James Patrick Byrne

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Intercultural Competency Training For Semester At Sea, Leah Charbonneau

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Three Sisters Exchange: Building Alliances and Promoting Justice from The United States to Ecuador, Ariel Climer

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A Framework for Monitoring Local and Regional Food Systems, Heather Victoria Davis

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Building Community Food Security: An Evaluation Of A Market Basket Csa, Joshua Davis

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Energy Management and Governance in Vermont: A Case Study, Nicole Davis

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Analysis Of The Causes Of Migration From Gorno-Badakhshan To Moscow, Sharaf Davlatov

Racial Minorities in the Nonprofit Field: A Reflection on the Field and Personal Experience, Victoria Der

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Ethnic Minorities and Food Security in Northern Thailand, Monalisa Diamond

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English As A Foreign Language Professional Development Practicum: Placing Skilled Teachers Where They Can Grow A Program Proposal For The Schools Of Cañadilla, S.A. Santiago, Chile, Ellen Marie Dizzia

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Latino/A Students In Study Abroad: Reasons For And Against Participation, Amy Dooley Bello

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‘It’s Not Justice, It’s Economic’: The United States, Aid And The Neoliberalization Of The Occupation, Jora Ehrlich

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Discovering The Potential Of Service Learning In Perugia, Italy: An Evaluation Of The Umbra Institute’s La Famiglia Italiana Project, Julie Falk

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Emerging Youth Leaders: A Redesign Of A Two-Way Youth Exchange Between The US And Senegal, Aspen L. Felt

Organizing for Food Justice: Launching Oxfam America’s GROW Campaign, Will Fenton

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Policy Analysis In Practice: Lessons From Researching And Writing A “Statenote” For Education Commission Of The States, Dinah J. Frey

Emigration’s Impact On Gender Roles And Citizen Participation In Rural Guatemala: Women Who Wait, María Alejandra García

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Experiences With Peace Corps’ Third Goal: Perspectives Of Peace Corps Mali Volunteers, Elizabeth N. Gardiner

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The Charter School Commercial: NYC’s Fight Against Public School Privatization, Keedra Gustava Gibba

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“The Warm Heart Of Africa” Program Proposal For S.T.E.P Into The World, Adam Goldberg

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Funding the Fundamentals: A Peace First Teacher’s Recommendations for Increased Quality Sixth Grade Curriculum to Effectively Engage and Educate an Increasing Quantity of Students., Pamela Gonzales

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Perceptions of Access to Education: Inclusion and Exclusion for Non-Karen Refugees in Mae La Camp, Matthew Gross

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Sustainability Series: Creating Student Sustainable Practices Within SFS and Beyond, Staci Hagen

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Indigenous Perspectives: The Struggle For Land, Culture And Education In Rivas, Nicaragua, Jeremy Harrison-Smith

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Creating Change Within Resistant Systems Through a Multi-Dimensional Training Approach: Exploring a Change in Thinking Around Images of Victims, and Re-framing How Culture Thinks about Criminals to Effectively Reduce Recidivism Rates, Rachel-Storm Heasley

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Building a Global Village: Intercultural Communication for the International House at The College of New Jersey, Stephanie Holleran

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Digital Storytelling: Enriching Reflection And Reentry For Princeton In Africa Fellowship Participants, Stephanie C. Hooper

Farmworkers In D_ County, California Define Their Labor Rights, Amanda Jordan

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Knowledge vs. Understanding: An Assessment of Teachers’ Perceptions on Tracking in One School District in Southern California, Matthew Killian

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Reciprocity and Reflection: Creating an Evaluation Plan for ProWorld Belize, Kelly Kocher

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Positive Discomfort: Structured Student Reflection in International Service-Based Programs: A Social Justice Curriculum, Stephanie K. Kraemer

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Safe Power Vermont: A Look Into The Campaign To Retire The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station., Dylan M. Kreis

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Building A Bridge: Customized Programs And First-Year Undergraduate Students, Deborah Lake

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Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program: Toward a Critical Framework of Community Peacebuilding; Individual and Community Transformation Through Service and Discourse, Benjamin Valentine Leiker

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Forgotten Foods: The Impact Of Western Development On Eating Habits Among Women In Dehradun, India, Stephanie L. Leite

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HMGT 610: French Hospitality January-Term Abroad, Bradi Lenentine

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Social Media In International Exchange Programs: Investigation Into The New Programs And Practices At World Learning, Pamela Lowenstein

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Peace Corps Paraguay’s Diversity Day: A Reflection On Diversity In The Context Of Peace Corps Service, Laara Manler

Exploring The Concept Of Sustainability In A Fragile State’s Health System: The Case Study Of Liberia, Seema Manohar

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REWRITING THE UPSIDE DOWN WORLD: A Reflective Curriculum to Provoke Perspective Transformation And Personal Development among EcuaExplora Participants, Katerine A. McConnell

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention: In Search Of The Best Program Model, Melissa McCrory

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Strategic Planning In A Nonprofit Organization: The Process And Its Perceived Impact On Effectiveness, Welansa Akalu Mekonnen

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Faith In Action: A Snapshot Of Fair Trade Program Initiatives By Catholic Churches In The Brooklyn And Queens Dioceses, Yvette Mendes

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The Effects Of Training – Based Development Intervention In Makeni, Sierra Leone, Stephanie Meyer

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Examining The Relationship Between Higher Education Institutions In The United States And Commercial Recruiting Agents In Accordance With Lessons Learned From The Australian Experience, Cara Miller

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Collaboration As Social Change: The Impact Of Schools As Community Centers, Maggie Morales

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Internationalization of Higher Education in Azerbaijan: Transforming Post-Soviet Legacies Through Higher Education Development, Ramina Murshudova

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Rethinking Communications & Nonprofit Management, Christopher Nichols

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Immigrant Women Organize For Justice: A Listening Project, Sandra Catalina Nieto

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The Campaign For Bias-Free Policing In Vermont: One State’s Resistance To The Localization Of Federal Immigration Agency, Amanda L. Park

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The Water Project: A short-term study abroad program design for Alfred University, Caitlin Paul

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The Insecurity of “Secure Communities”: A Case Study of an Advocacy Campaign To Protect Immigrant Rights in Santa Barbara, CA, Tina Pia Peirano

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Is Mine Risk Education (Mre) Having A Significant Effect And Long-Lasting Impact On Attitudes Towards Uxos At The Community Level?, Phounsy Phasavaeng

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Brain Drain Out Of Hungary And Its Inhibitors, Eliza Plous

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Engaging At-Risk Youth in the Green Movement: A Study of an Interdisciplinary Environmental Education Program’s Impact on Eco-Literacy and Interest in the Green Economy, Kirstin Kweilin Powell

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Evaluation and Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes for the Presbyterian College Semester in Cuba Program, Dianne Pritchard

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Education For The Excluded: Alternative Education In Bolivia, Martha Rath

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Experiences In Coexistence and Anti-Normalization Phenomenological Case Study: Arab Alumni Of The Arava, Lauren Rauch

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A Case Study On Conflict Over Fresh Water Resources In A Development Context: Water’s Role In Interreligious Violence In Jos, Nigeria, Ericka E. Reagor

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Addressing Food Insecurity Through Community Sponsored Agriculture: Lessons from Riverhill Farm CSA, Vanessa Reed

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Male Student-Athletes: What Happens When An Entire NCAA Division III Varsity Team From A Small Private Liberal Arts Institution Participates In A Trip Abroad Together?, Jacob Renze

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A Case Study of a Project Entitled Community Skills for a Complex Situation: Managing Mining in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, Arash Shane Robinson

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Englishization Of European Higher Education: An Analysis Of The Rationale For Offering English-Medium Classes In Non-English Speaking European Universities, Sarah Rood

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Vaya Pues: A Case Study Exploring Sustainability, Intercultural Management, And Recycling In Honduras, Chad Ryerson

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As The Americans Do: The Effects Of A Semester Abroad On Students’ Academic And Career Goals Two To Six Years After Completion Of A Semester At The American University Of Rome, Maria Sandone

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Cultivating Cross-Cultural Competencies: A Curriculum Proposal For World Camp, Inc. Centered On Cultural Identities And Cross-Cultural Understandings, Ashley Sawyer

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Developing Intercultural Sensitivity In Children And Adults: A Trainer’s Experiences In The Field, Laura E. Schairbaum

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Growing Global Citizens: Shaping Perspective In An Interconnected World Through International Service Learning In A Gap Year, Nicole Sheldon-Desjardins

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Elevating the Advocacy Impact Of The Global Partnership For Environment And Disaster Risk Reduction By Understanding The Motivations And Aspirations Of Its Members, Brittany Star Weiss Smith

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Fighting Fire With Flame: Visual Storytelling As The Antidote To Negative Media Imagery, Léna Sulpovar

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Beyond Heard: Young Adults in North Kivu, Eastern Democratic Republic Of Congo, Their Resilience and Role in Peacebuilding., Cynthia Tarter

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Narrating Women's Interfaith Agency: Stories of Faith, Transformation, and Vision, Audra Teague

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Strategic Planning For A Multi-Organization Nonprofit Entity: A Case Study Of The Connecticut Boys & Girls Clubs’ 2007-2008 Strategic Planning Process, Jill Terrell-Ouazzani