The ISP, or Independent Study Project, is written by students from the undergraduate programs of SIT Study Abroad and relates to a program theme. Using primary sources students choose topics with a manageable focus that can be carried out in a variety of settings, such as schools, nongovernmental organizations or field research stations. During the independent study period students work closely with a project advisor and other key contacts in the field. The ISP is typically a 20- to 40-page paper presented to student colleagues, the academic director and, often, the advisor and other interested host-country individuals.

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Submissions from 2019

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The Last Yak Song: A Recount of the Decline of Pastoral Herding in Lower Mustang, Rachel Hellman, Washington University in St. Louis

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The influence of location, positioning, and seasonality on feeding behavior of the Sydney Oyster (Saccostrea glomerata) in New South Wales, Australia, Nathaniel Hess, University of Puget Sound

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Understanding Residential Segregation: Community Relations and Marginalization for Migrants from South of the Sahara in Rabat, Morocco, Ben Hickman, Whitman College

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Couvrant les Yeux, les Oreilles et la Bouche: How the Musée Royale de Batoufam Preserves Tradition and Culture for Multiple Audiences and Perspectives, Julia Hirsch, Macalester College

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Queer Otherwise: Embodying a Queer Identity in Cape Town, Teak Emanuel Hodge, Georgetown University

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“Oh Lord, Save Us from Such Monsters:” Maternal Impression and Monstrous Births in the Eighteenth-Century Netherlands, Sara Hollar, Smith College

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Las Buenas Vibras y el Buen Vivir el ‘Desarrollo’ Turístico por la Ruta Del Sol, Devon Hornberger, The George Washington University

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36 years after the species' mass-mortality: Diadema antillarum test sizes, population densities, and substrate preferences in three Guna Yala reefs near Wichub Wala Island, Bimini Horstmann, Davidson College

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Subsistence in Samoa: influences of the capitalist global economy on conceptions of wealth and well-being, Tess Hosman, Mount Holyoke College

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El rol de los agentes sanitarios para mejorar el acceso a la salud sexual y reproductiva para mujeres en San Carlos, Mendoza. / The role of agentes sanitarios in improving access to sexual and reproductive health for women in San Carlos, Mendoza., Laura Hult, University of Iowa

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The House of the Fish: Collaborative Coral Reef Awareness Project on Nosy Be, Meghan Hurley, Colby College

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Lived Experiences of Temporary Permanence: The Syrian Perspective on Humanitarian Response and ‘Guest Status’ in Jordan, Leila A. Ismaio, Colgate University

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Primates of the Padangtegal Monkey Forest: Aggressive, Submissive and Affiliative: Interactions between the Balinese Long-Tailed Macaques and Tourists, Marleigh Jenkins-Morse, Macalester College

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Supplying Slaves: The Disguise of Greener Pastures: An Exploratory Study of Human Trafficking in Uganda, Kyla Johnson, Skidmore College

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Logistic and Structural Considerations for the Use of Psychological First Aid in Humanitarian Emergencies, Taylor Johnson, Johns Hopkins University

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A comparative study on Mental Health Knowledge Based on Socioeconomic Status in Kisumu Kenya 2019, Mashoud Kaba, Washington University in St. Louis

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Reimagining future sustainable, climate-resilient urban design for Apia, Samoa: Developing Plans for a Developing Nation, Alyssa Kaewwilai, Gettysburg College

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"It Is Our Own Thing": The Expression of and Limits to Enculturation at St. Joseph's Anglophone Parish, Kayleigh Kaminski, Macalester College

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The Future is Non-Binary: Investigating the Genesis of the Non-Binary Movement in Amsterdam and Beyond, Sky Karp, Smith College

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From traps to snapshots: Examining the ecology of feral predators and native small mammals in southeastern Australia through case studies of two faunal sampling methods, Katherine Karson, Oberlin College

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¡Reparación Ahora!: La lucha del Colegio de Profesores de Chile y los profesores jubilados para reparar la “deuda histórica” y el legado de la dictadura militar en la profesión docente chilena., Olivia Keane, Vassar College

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“Las mamás no son putas”: percepciones y experiencias de embarazo y maternidad en trabajadoras sexuales en Buenos Aires / Mothers are not prostitutes: perceptions and experiences of pregnancy and motherhood among sex workers in Buenos Aires, Fiona Kennedy, Tulane University

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Is Technology the key to prevention of falls among the elderly in rapidly aging societies? A case study of Kunming, China, Phoebe Kiburi, Duke University

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Football and National Identity: A Triangle of Spain’s Regional Attitudes, Jaelin Kinney, Claremont McKenna College

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Laguna de los Datos: Usos y Percepciones de RNU Laguna de Los Patos, Río Grande, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, Rosa Kirk-Davidoff, Williams College

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Church of the Scattered: Navigating Cultural Identity in the Protestant Churches of Senegal, Joy Kirkland, Spelman College

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Like Mother, Like Daughter: The Intergenerational Link Between Mother Activists and their Daughters in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, Shana Kleiner, Skidmore College

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The Role of Local Communities in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) in Jordan, Anna Fraher Klingensmith, Duke University

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Effectiveness of Different Agricultural Management Styles as Insect Biological Corridors: A comparison of insect populations in fragmented Chocó cloud forest, Ecuador, Tara M. Krantz, Northwestern University

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Women in Conservation: A Study of Effective Community-Based Conservation and the Empowerment of Women in Tanzania, Ruby Krietzman, University of Puget Sound

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Barriers and Opportunities to Electric Vehicle Development in Nepal, Allyson Krupa, Denison University

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An Assessment of Coral Bleaching near Misali Island, Tanzania, Danielle Kulick, Tulane University

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La sostenibilidad de la reconstrucción 2014-2019 tras el Gran incendio en Valparaíso: una mirada desde la habitabilidad, resiliencia y preparación en la gestión de desastres, Dana Kulma, Amherst College

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Gambaru-ando: Las Familias de los Desaparecidos de la Colectividad Japonesa (FDCJ) y su lucha por la memoria, verdad, justicia, y visibilidad / Embodying gambaru: Nikkei Families of the Desaparecidos and their Fight for Visibility in the Movement for Memory, Truth, and Justice, Mieko Kuramoto, Smith College

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Not-So-Decriminalized: Consequences of Intersectional Identity for Migrant Sex Workers in Switzerland, Teagan Langseth-DePaolis, Occidental College

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Multicultural Narratives: Language as a Site of Struggle for Amazigh Rights Activism in Morocco, Joyce Lee, Hamilton College

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The Process of Conducting Socioeconomic Research in Vietnam: An Internship with the Development and Policies Research Center (DEPOCEN), Kira Le, The George Washington University

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Characterizing systems of reporting and mitigating Anthrax outbreaks near Mto wa Mbu, Monduli District, Tanzania, Megan Levy, University of Maryland

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Araneae Biodiversity in the Amazonian Foothills: An analysis of family and guild presence across habitat types, Rae Lewark, Hawaii Pacific University

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A Delicate Balance: The Effects of Habitat Type on Frog Communities: A three-pronged study examining the effects of differing habitat characteristics on anuran diversity at el Centro de Investigación Sumak Kawsay in situ, Ecuador, Zane Libke, Davidson College

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La situación actual del lenguaje inclusivo de género en Valparaíso, Chile, Madison Liistro, Bates College

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Social Support and Discrimination: The Experiences of Recovering Heroin Addicts in Kunming, China, Phoebe Li, Washington University in St. Louis

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Political Object or Individual Subject?: Dominant Dutch Narratives Vs. Migrant Identities, Ashley Little, Franklin and Marshall College

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The Effect of Tribalism on Political Parties, Cyrus Lloyd, Vanderbilt University

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Como la mejora de la educación especial depende de la sociedad, Peyton Locke, Denison University

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Examining the Culture of Poverty Argument in Morocco: How Development, Criminalization, Education, and the Makhzen Craft Perceptions, Raegan Loheide, Cornell University

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Los Microcosmos de la Interculturalidad? Una mirada al cómo los trabajadores de la salud biomédica de orígen indígena relacionan con los modelos de salud tradicional y occidental, Taylor Lord, Washington University in St. Louis

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Health on the Move: Health-seeking behavior of Changpa nomads in Ladakh, India, Maya Lubeck-Schricker, Tufts University

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Vaccine Hesitancy in the United States and Switzerland, Anna E. Lunderberg, Hope College

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The Impacts of Warming Coffee: The Climate Change-Coffee-Migration Nexus in the Northern Triangle of Central America, Connor Lynch, University of Dayton

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Conditionality, Rationale, and Implications of EU Aid for Migration: The Case of Morocco, Miranda Macaulay Miller, Tufts University

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Impacts of Agricultural Practices on Soil Quality and the Resulting Soil Conservation Implication in Kizanda Village, Lushoto Region, Tanzania, Sarah MacCormick, Bates College

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The Effect of Stray Dogs on Urban Arusha Residents and Existing Preventative Measures, Brooke MagliaBatista, Beloit College

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Divorce Experiences: What The 2004 Moudawana Does and Does Not Do for Women In Morocco, Beatrice March, Vanderbilt University

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Approaching Contemporary Terrorism, Jonathan Marcus, University of Michigan

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#Bolivia: Trascendiendo las fronteras de la participación social y política a través de los hashtags, Azella Markgraf, Davidson College

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Mind over (what doesn’t) Matter: De-stigmatizing mental health from Senegalese women’s perspectives, Jenna Marks, Barnard College

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The Practice of Dhikr Among Senegalese Taalibe Baay Women: Individual Devotion, Communal Well-Being, Natalie Marsh, Carleton College

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Un musical sobre las campesinas de Valle de Tambo y su resistencia socioambiental en el conflicto de Tia Maria, Gretta Lucia Marston-Lari, Macalester College

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Improving Thorium-230 Determination in Marine Sediment, Katherine Mateos, Carleton College

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Entre el júbilo y el horror: un análisis de la prensa nacionalista creada por la última dictadura de Argentina durante la Copa Mundial de 1978 y las micro resistencias en el Buenos Aires Herald / Between jubilation and horror: An Analysis of the Nationalistic Press Created by the Last Dictatorship in Argentina During the 1978 World Cup and the Micro Resistances in the Buenos Aires Herald, Catherine Mathias, Colgate University

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Sex and Senesce: A Exploration of Aging Women’s Sexual Selves, Cordray McCann, Wesleyan University

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A survey of beetle diversity (order Coleoptera) on Lizard Island, John McCormack, University of Virginia

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Coastal Stream Salinity and Its Impacts on Pemba Agriculture, Sara McCormack, University of Denver

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E-Waste Shouldn’t Be Waste: A Study on the Practices, Perceptions, and Policies on E-Waste in Urban Arusha, Tanzania, Melanie McKenzie, Davidson College

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“Existen tantos géneros como personas hay en el mundo”: un estudio de las visiones de la inclusión de géneros diversos en una escuela alternativa de Santiago, Chile, Sarah Mele, Yale University

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Subversión del Binario de Género: Descubriendo Las Violencias Ejercidas Sobre las Personas Trans en Valparaíso, Marie Mendoza, Northwestern University

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The 25th Anniversary of South African Democracy: Exploring Perspectives of 10 Stellenbosch Residents on Patriotism and National Pride, John Mitchell, Skidmore College

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A Study of Stambeli in Digital Media, Nneka Mogbo, Wofford College

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Strategic Implications for the United States of the Belt and Road Initiative in Africa, Alec Monnie, College of Wooster

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What About the Environment?: Exploring the Neglected Third Dimension of Antimicrobial Resistance, Paige E. Montfort, Tulane University

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Finding a Common Ground between Theology and Women’s Reproductive Rights: Assessing the societal levels of influence of religion on the sexual and reproductive health of women, Natalie Montufar, Brown University

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Regenerative Grazing and the Benefits of Livestock on Soils in Northern New South Wales, Raymond Mooney, University of Colorado Boulder

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La comida, la identidad y la migración: Un caso de estudio de inmigrantes femeninas y su relación con la comida, Susanna Morales, Macalester College

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Los vacíos y las ausencias: Una mirada sobre la presencia de los afrodescendientes en las clases de historia nacional en Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sasha Mothershead, Carleton College

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Analysis of Swiss Attitudes on Migration and their Impact on Policy, William McCarthy Murray, University of New Hampshire

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Criminalizing the Other: Exploring the Impact of The Netherlands' Adaptation of Prosecutorial Guidelines on Sentencing Disparities, Alia Nahra, Washington University in St. Louis

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“Not Yet a Priority:” The Intersectional Exploration of Labor Market Access for People with Disabilities, Anona Neal, Rice University

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“El dialogo es unilateral... no cambian una coma”: La participación y protección de derechos en el proyecto del Hábitat del Barrio 31 en Buenos Aires, Jacqueline Negro, The George Washington University

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Cambios en el Cronograma de Temporadas Reproductivas de Pingüinos de Magallanes (Spheniscus magellanicus): Relaciones entre Eventos Fenológicos y Variables Climáticas, Grace Neumiller, Colby College

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“In Principle” versus “In Reality”: Assessing the potential of adaptive urban governance toward urban flooding in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 7, Cindy Pham Nguyen, Colby College

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Cancer Management in Kenya - Awareness and The Struggles Patients Face to Access Treatment, Care & Support, Ashley Nmoh, Vanderbilt University

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Voices Unheard: Women and Their Children in Nepal’s Incarceration System, Aune Nuyttens and Mikayla Rose, St. Lawrence University and Tufts University

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Optimizing water quality and temperature parameters to increase survival rates of Anotheca spinosa (Anura: Hylidae) eggs at the El Valle Amphibian Conservation Center, Morgan Oestereich, Davidson College

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Queer Spaces, Future Places: Conversations with 3 Black Capetonian Femmes on Embodying Liberation, Ivana Onubogu, Williams College

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The Transformative Potential of High-level Gender Equality: The relationship between gendered laws and perceptions in Rwanda, Elena Ortiz, Georgetown University

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Trends in Nectar Production and Concentration of Hummingbird-Pollinated Flowers: An investigation of three flowers of the Ecuadorian Cloud Forest: Palicourea demissa, Mezobromelia capituligera, and Kohleria affinis, Grace Palmer, Barnard College

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Analysis in E Minor: An Autoethnographic Poetry Collection and Study of Transgender Identity in Liminal Amsterdam, Em Panetta, Muhlenberg College

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“Todos somos trigueños”: La presencia de los pueblos indígenas en el arte urbano de Perú, Aubrey Parke, Trinity University

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La Incorporación de la Dimensión Intercultural Para Pacientes Quechuas en el Centro Comunitario de Salud Mental de Calca, Caroline Parker, Occidental College

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Where Do We Go From Here?: Two Key Informants' Perspectives on How to Address Conscientious Objection in TOP Provision in South Africa, Talia Parker, Georgetown University

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Systems of Crime and Castigation: A Reevaluation of the Punishment Bureaucracy, Lia Pikus, Rice University

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Exploring Mobility Help-seeking Behavior Among People with Physical Disabilities: A case study of Jaipur Foot, Alex Podell, Tulane University

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Motorbike-Related Injuries & Safety Practices Among Motorbike Riders in Kisumu, Western Kenya in 2019, Rowan Poehler, Tulane University

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We Are All Alive: Understanding Connections between People and Coral Reefs in Samoa, Kalamakaleimahoehoe Porter, Simmons University

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Health and Education: Perspectives on the Role of Schools in Health Promotion, Miranda Powell, Tulane University

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¿Un desarrollo sostenible? Analizando el ecoturismo como un modelo de desarrollo sostenible para disminuir la pobreza y su impacto en la cultura de la Comunidad Nativa de Infierno, Emily Pugh, Claremont McKenna College

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Humanitarian Assistance in Protracted Emergencies: Rethinking the Role of Food Aid in Adjumani, Victoria Puglia, Lafayette College

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Exigimos inclusión, no tolerancia: La interseccionalidad en los movimientos estudiantiles en Argentina, Angélica Ramos, Hamilton College

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Syrian Refugee Mothers in Jordan: Perceived Social Support and Postpartum Depression, Marya Rana, Williams College