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 2011

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International Student Orientation: Designing an On-Going Program for Soka University, Diana Ueda

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Long-Term Food Security In Kenya: Opportunities And Challenges To Implementing The U.S. Feed The Future Program, Faustine Wabwire

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Dream Big: An Intercultural Program for Underpriviledged Indian Girls, Jennifer Wahlquist

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“From China to the US: Bridging the Gap between University of Indianapolis and Ningbo Institute of Technology”, Sarah Wann

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The Global Citizen Revisited: Building Critical Conciousness In Youth Volunteering Abroad, Anna Welton

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The Role of Youth in Post-Conflict Reconstruction (The Case of Liberia), Marit Woods

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International Service-Learning Program in Guatemala On Mayan Education, Language Maintenance & Social Activism: A Program for The City College Of New York, CUNY, Kenneth Yanes

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The Unheard Messages Of HIV&AIDS: A Look At Knowledge, Communication, and Programming Efforts in Ntcheu, Malawi, Lisa M. Yankowski

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Managing Muliticultural and Diverse Teams Within an International Organization, Ahmed Ibrahim Yansaneh Mr

Submissions from 2010

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Building Food Secure Communities In The Southeastern United States: A Case Study Of “Local Food For Local Power”, Christopher Adams

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The Forest Protection Fund: An Innovative Business Approach to Reconcile Conservation and Community Based Livelihoods: A Case Study and Interim Assessment of the Lebialem –Mone Forest Landscape Integrated Conservation and Development Project (ICDP)., Stella Ajabji

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Women as Change Agents and the Influence of Education on Their Approach to Social Change: Illustration of Four Female SIT Graduates, Yetunde Oluyemisi Ajao

Board Effectiveness in Small Nonprofits: A Case Study of a Nonprofit with Three-Person Board, Modupe Kate Ajayi

Can Polio Promote Peace?: How the Eradication of Polio in the Internally Displaced People of Colombia Can Promote Positive Social Change, Rebecca Altneu

Empowering a Shift in Self-Awareness: An Inquiry into How Buddhism Benefits Westerners at Work, Kerry Leigh Ambrose

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Japanese Visual Culture In Context: A Summer Faculty-Led Program At The University Of Nebraska-Lincoln, Megan Anderson

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Fine Tuning the Faculty-Led Consortium Program Model: An Administrative Proposal for Creating Stability and Sustainability for the New York State Independent College Consortium for Study in India (NYSICCSI) Program, Jonathan Andrew

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Defining Diversity: Exploring the Role of “Diversity” in Major Organizations, Julianne Appleton

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Constructing Confidence: Discovering the Benefits of Girls’ Empowerment Programming, Deborah L. Attewell

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In Their Own Words: Perceptions of Unemployed Young Men in Mankassa About Crime in Their Community, Clint Ryan George Audette

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Bridging the Gap: Strategic Framing and Budget Advocacy in Tanzania, Anthony Garett Baker

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Increasing Intercultural Competence in Fort Wayne Communities: My Experience as a Change Agent, Mastora Bakhiet

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Helping Do Gooders Do Better: An Exploration into the Compassion Fatigue, Vicarious Traumatization, and Burnout that Direct Service Providers Experience in the Fields of Domestic & Sexual Violence Advocacy, Becky S. Bangs

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Assessing Students’ Learning: Have they learned what we had hoped?, CyBelle R. Barthelmess

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A Re-Entry Orientation for Youth for Understanding: Understanding Reverse Culture Shock, Courtney Beach

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An Examination Of How Refugee Resettlement Affects The Experiences Of Karen Female Refugees That Remain On The Thai/Burma Border, Abigail Behrends

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CIEE Alumni Programming: Creating A Mutually Beneficial Design, Lauren Beilin

A Description of Strategic Performance Measurement in a Citizen Service Organization, Robert Quentin Benedict

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“My Heart Hurts,” She Said: Domestic Violence In Peru, William Blaschko

Change Management In Environmental Nonprofits, Olesya Boreyko

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The Intersection of Immigration, Education and National Identity in Contemporary Italian Society, Dana E. Bumpus

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A Logical Framework For Partnership For The Advancement And Immersion Of Refugees (P.A.I.R), Maria Burke

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Human-Centered Organizational Design: How commitment can change our planet, Christopher Burley

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Certified Professional Midwives as a Solution to America's Maternal Mortality Crisis: A Case Study of the Big Push for Midwives Campaign, Kimberly R. Calkins

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Some Best Advocacy Practices In The Fight Against Hiv/Aids In Mali, West Africa, Fode Sory Camara

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Beyond The Job Training: A New Approach To Training Third-Party Provider Representatives, Eliza Camire-Akey

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Perspectives and Issues of Youth Activism, Anna Gail L. Caunca

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Study Abroad: A Vision for Hawai‘i Community College, Holly T.K. Chang

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The Scourge of Human Trafficking: Responses by NGOs & Government Agencies – With Special Focus on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking In the United States, Brandon William Christopher Coberly

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International Volunteerism: Host Communities' Awareness of Peace Corps Volunteers’ Benefits in Uganda, Bina Zaitsu Contreras

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Corporate Social Responsibility in Hotels: How CSR Programs are Developed and Implemented, Matthew Courtland

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Bridge Across The Atlantic: A Senegal / U.S. Two-Way Youth Exchange Program For Intercultural Skills, Leadership And Peacebuilding, Joseph Debiec

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How Does Knowledge Management Impact Sustainability, Benjamin Dewberry

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Reversing the Brain Drain, Hamady Dia

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Assessing Intercultural Competence in Children, Gina Marie Difino

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The Many Faces Of Multiculturalism: Teacher Perspectives — An Elementary School Case Study, Carrie Doggett

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Communio Abroad: A Study Abroad Program Proposal for St. Norbert College – Anglo-American University and Cultural Experiences Abroad in Prague, Czech Republic, Jeremy Doughty

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Cambodia: From Phnom Penh to Siem Reap: A remarkable adventure in Southeast Asia - A short-term faculty-led service-learning program designed for Northfield Mount Hermon School, Jonathon S. Dunn

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Exploring Wanderlust: A quantitative analysis of the travel impulse as a psychological syndrome, Sara Ede

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BUILDING CAPACITIES TO INCREASE SUSTAINABILITY: A project management analysis of ONE MOLDOVA - ONE WORLD 2, Erin Elizabeth Erickson

Maturing Advocacy: One INGO’s Experience in Developing Advocacy Across the Organization and Into the Programs, Annita L. Espinoza

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Investigation And Analysis Of Non-Traditional Nato Roles In Kosovo: Building Bridges Between Military & Humanitarian Actors, John D. Etchemendy

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Extremists for Love: Social Action in Church Ministries – An Evaluation of the Diocese Of Kansas’ College Missions to Kenya, Kiera Leigh Evans

A Strategic Plan for a Community Based Organization, The Vollintine Evergreen Community Association, Marcus George Falion

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A Case Study of Child Trends: Research as the Backbone of Policy, Megan Fletcher

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Theory and Practice of International Service-Learning: A Case Study of Community Perspective in Senegal, Victoria Fletcher

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Institutional Food Buyers in A Local Food System: The Perceived Barriers and Opportunities of Expanding Windham County’s Local Food System, Katherine Gillespie

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Building a Cohesive Residential Community at EF International Language Schools – Los Angeles: A Restructured Residence and Resident Advisor Manual, Yosefa Gilon

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Strategic-Management Of Service-Learning In Higher Education: Trends Of Private Four-Year Institutions, Audra Grady

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An Analysis of Community-Based Mediation in San Francisco: Obstacles and Potential Solutions, Maria Elizabete Grasis

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Meeting the expectations of host communities: An examination of the cause of attitudinal change in host communities of study abroad programs, Philip (Yaw) Adu Gyamfi

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Short-term and long-term impact of invitation program for Japanese teachers to Korea, Anna Hagiwara

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Clowns Without Borders in the Classroom: Teaching Children About Global Crisis, Dianna Beth Hahn

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How ready are Armenians to forgive Turkey?, Marina Hajinyan

Cultural Learning of Canadian Students Participating in the “Teaching Across Borders – National Volunteer Center Program”, Clayton Harrington

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Everybody’s Challenge While We Are Waiting: Exploring Committed Partnerships in Order to Deliver Quality Education in a Safe Learning Environment for Congolese Refugee Students in Rwanda, Daydon B.M. Harvey

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Overcoming the Drug-War Meme: A Comparative Analysis of Existing Illicit-Drug Policies and the Grassroots Advocacy Efforts to Encourage “Harm Reduction” in the Pacific Northwest, Nathan Michael Haslip

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Internationalization at Sonoma State University: Creating an International Education Strategy, Joyna Heinz

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Strategic Questioning Used As A Community Development And Coalition-Building Tool: An Inquiry Process With Peace Corps Volunteers In Ecuador, Lesley Heyl

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A Welcome Departure: A Case Study on Democratic Governance Assessments in the Eastern Caribbean, Colin Hickman

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Appropriateness of Mediation for Conflict Between Intimate Partners with a History of Domestic Violence, Jessica Hillard

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Education for Sustainable Development in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam, Phuong Vu Lan Hoang

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Parent Perspectives of Standardized Tests, Bethany Hobbs

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The Effectiveness of UNSCR 1325: A Case Study Analysis, Jaime L. Horn

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Increasing the Participation of Minorities in Vermont’s Gubernatorial Boards and Commissions, Genet Aman Hunegnaw

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Preparing For Life after Admission: An Alternative to Traditional Academic English Program Design, Rachel J.M. Ishiguro

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ESL Professionals Travel Seminar: Exploring Themes of Immigration and Education, Stephanie Jackson

An Examination of a Training and Development Program for Empowering Civil Society and Community Based Organizations toward Community Sustainability in the Gambia, Salieu Sireh Jallow

Strategies to Improve Literacy: Adult Non-Formal Education Using Mobile Phones A West African Perspective, Leigh Jaschke

Perceptions of Identity in the Face of Nation-Building A Case Study: Albanian Identities in Kosovo/Kosova, Trent Jennings

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Egypt: Urbanization and Development: Proposal for a Semester Program in Cairo, Egypt, Peggy Johnson

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Culture and Identity Expressed through Fashion: A Process Design to enhance the SIT Graduate Institute Multicultural Fashion Show, Sarah Jones

A Case Study On Intra-Organizational Cooperation: Combining Resources To Leverage Impact, Talia Aliza Levin Kaplan

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Moved by Motivation: Middle School Learners: An Analysis of Theories of Motivation and Learning Relating to the Development of Socially Responsible Curriculum, Sara Mazzucca Kattam

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Environmental Discrimination: Watershed Councils as Environmental Justice Advocates in Alaska, Jessica Kayser

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Love-Based Accountability: Lessons Learned From the Environmental Service Learning Initiative, Ei Ei Khin

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A Study of the “Cultural Exchange Community” Residence Hall, Clemson University: Factors Influencing International and Domestic Student Intercultural Sensitivity and Development, Yuki Kihara

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Depth and Impact of Study Abroad: How Contact with the Host Country Can Strengthen Cultural Understanding, Khulood Kittaneh

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Knowing Whats White: Eurocentrism In The Middle School Curriculum- Teachers' Perceptions, Anne Koplinka-Loehr

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Evaluating Willamette University Language in Motion’s goals through community collaboration, Elizabeth Kowal

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Preparing White Educators for Multicultural Classrooms: Exploring Privilege, Power, and Rearticulating White Identity, Rijelle M. A. Kraft

Breaking the Silence: On Developing a Culturally Relevant Native American Youth Sexual Violence Prevention Curriculum, Nina Kunimoto

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Intercultural Communication in Action: Creating an Online Course for SIT Graduate Institute, Jessica Lindoerfer

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Renewing Community Food Sovereignty Through Urban Agriculture in Havana, Cuba and Mexico City, Mexico, Amy Linzie

Women’s Rights at Stake: Examination of the U.S. History and Policy of Women’s Reproductive Health and Justice, Shan-Jan Sarah Liu

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When Black Is The Same Color: A Collective View of Domestic and International Black Students on Race at the SIT Graduate Institute, André Devon Marks

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France: Language, Community, and Social Change Collaboration Between SIT Study Abroad and Tulane University, Wendy Mason

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Repairing Torn Threads: A Case Study of Community Reconciliation in Brattleboro, VT, Kim Massey

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International Students' Adjustment Process Within U.S Academe At The University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign, Ruth Chamindi Mathew

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The Intercultural Updates Program: Using Facebook for World Learning Alumni Engagement and Continued Learning, Megan McBride