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 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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The Commodification and Exoticization of Morocco: Tourism’s Impact on the Weaving and Argan Oil Industries, Isabella Mancini, University of San Francisco

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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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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

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The Female Worker: An Analysis of Women Residing along the Moroccan-European and U.S.- American Borderlands, Marlen G. Renderos, Wellesley College

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La Visa de Responsabilidad Democrática: un (imperfecto) faro de esperanza para migrantes venezolanos, Madison Rivers, Georgetown University

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Refuge in a Place Without Refugees, Jane Roarty, Macalester College

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Foreign Direct Investment in Kigali’s Special Economic Zone and its Impact on Rwanda’s Economic Reconstruction, Sabrina Roberts, Middlebury College

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The Middle Ground: A Comparative Study on Mexico and Morocco as Transit and Forthcoming Host Nations, Christina Sarai Roca, Providence College

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La ciudad versus el campo: la calidad de vida de los adultos mayores aymara entre Arica y Putre, Clare Rogowski, Williams College

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“Uno Logra Olvidar la Tortura”: Impactos de las Dictaduras Militares y Conversaciones sobre las Secuelas de la Tortura en el Instituto de Terapia e Investigación, Em Rosner, Barnard College

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Climate-Smart Agriculture: Building Resilience for Women Farmers in Kalchebeshi, Nepal, Annika Ruben, University of Vermont

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Eating some invasive species could help to mitigate the impacts of climate change-related invasions, and may increase future food security, Jesse Bull Saffeir, Bates College

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Luchando por el derecho a la educación. Un estudio sobre las relaciones existentes entre la educación popular y la efectivización del derecho a la educación desde la perspectiva de docentes y trabajadores de bachilleratos populares., Madeline Samson, Wofford College

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Z4, A Slow Puncture: An Autoethnographic Exploration of Language, Embodiment, and Meaning-Making, Charlotte Rose Samuels, Smith College

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Socio-Cultural Norms and Perceptions of Menstruation: An Intergenerational Analysis of Rural Jamkhed, Maharashtra, Addison Scales, The University of Texas at Austin

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Fictions of Sexuality, Emelyn Schaeffer, Davidson College

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La adherencia a las recomendaciones de sueño seguro por parte de las enfermeras en Unidades de Cuidado Intensiva Neonatal (UCIN) de hospitales públicos y privados en el Gran Buenos Aires / The adherence to safe sleep recommendations by nurses in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) of public and private hospitals in Grand Buenos Aires, Joelle M. Schauer, Villanova University

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Newsworthy Migrants: Sentiment and Text Analysis of Dutch Newspapers, Nicholas J. Schmitz, University of Notre Dame

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El último acuerdo con el FMI durante el gobierno de Mauricio Macri: El impacto de la deuda externa en la soberanía según los actores políticos y sociales de la Argentina / The Latest Agreement with the IMF under the Government of Mauricio Macri: The Impact of Foreign Debt on the Sovereignty of Argentina According to Social and Political Actors, Sarah Schubert, Denison University

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The Guthi System of Nepal, Tucker Scott, Vanderbilt University

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El poder del sonido: La radio comunitaria en la resistencia contra los proyectos extractivistas en la Patagonia / The power of sound: Community radio in resistance against extractivist projects in Patagonia, Dora Segall, Kenyon College

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Pasantía en Programa de Integración Escolar (PIE): Apoyando estudiantes con discapacidades en la escuela secundaria, Emily Sen, University of Oregon

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My Body, Their Choice: Childbearing Attitudes and Practices in Jamkhed, Maharashtra, Sienna Sewell, Washington University in St. Louis

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Empowering Women Through Land: An Analysis of the Barriers in Accessing Land Rights within Kisumu County, Kenya, Madison Shaffer, University of Vermont

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Local Democracy and Education Policy in Newly Federal Nepal, Jack Shangraw, William & Mary

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Understanding Civil Rights in a Democratic South Africa: A Case Study of Students at UKZN, Ella Shlonsky, Washington University in St. Louis

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The New Geopolitical Space in the Information Era: A Neuroscientific Approach to National Security, Naomi Silverstein, University of Michigan

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It's Essential: The Ylang-Ylang Trade on Nosy Be, James Sleigh, The University of Vermont

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Which Factors Influence the Usage and Perceptions of Medicinal Plants in Kizanda Village (Lushoto District) and Ushongo Village (Tanga District)?, Callie Smith, Gettysburg College

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Vulnerability and Adaptability of Mangrove Forests on Misali Island, Zanzibar, Tanzania, Samantha A. Smith, Skidmore College

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La Comunicación Intercultural entre Pacientes Bolivianos y Trabajadores de Salud en Buenos Aires, Argentina / Intercultural Communication between Bolivian Patients and Health-Care Workers in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Lilly Snellman, Rice University

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La Comunidad Nikkei en Perú: Su Historia, sus Influencias y sus Relaciones con la Comunidad Indígena en Madre de Dios, Olivia Snyder, Miami University

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Reintegration of Women Perpetrators in Post-Genocide Rwanda, Terrie Soule, Pace University

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There She Blows: Public Perceptions of Mt. Merapi and Mt. Agung, Trey Atticus Spadone, Colgate University

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Transnational Sharing Economies & Neoliberal Urbanism: Airbnb in the City-Region of Tangier, Jack Spector-Bishop, Oberlin College

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Adicción como un hecho político económico: un análisis de servicios de atención de abuso de drogas y alcohol en Arica, Chile, Jack Steffy, Washington University in St. Louis

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The Inclusion of Displaced Women in the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda, Ava Strasser, Western Michigan University

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Spun Truths: Outcomes of Mongolia’s Cashmere Program in Domestic Processing Facilities and Supply Chain, Daniel Strodel, Bowdoin College

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Radical Moves: Negotiating Community and Transformation with (some of) SIT/South Africa’s Students of Color, Kavita Sundaram, Brandeis University

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La Preservación y Evolución de la música tradicional andina y una modernización de la identidad indígena, Evan Tannenbaum, Gettysburg College

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¿Historia y Cultura al Viento? Los efectos de la construcción del aeropuerto internacional de Chinchero en el patrimonio arqueológico circundante, Becca Teachey, University of Colorado Boulder

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Archiving Heterosexism: An Investigation of Gender and Sexuality Politics in Spain's Transitional Justice Movement, Taylor Thompson, Barnard College

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Movement for a Gasfield Free Northern Rivers and its Applicability to Other Movements, Mariah Thomson, University of Puget Sound

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Checking a Box or Creating Change? Examining the Overall State of Gender Mainstreaming in Humanitarian Action, Jenna Thoretz, Gettysburg College

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Local Perceptions of Cannabis and Cannabis Laws in Morocco: Unpacking Past Laws, Moroccans' Perceptions, and Exploring Organizational Efforts, Shadae Tingman, Hamilton College

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Law versus Action: How Five Cape Town Organizations Are Combating High Rates of Sexual Assault and the Failure of Progressive Sexual Offences Legislation, Anna Tinker, Hamilton College

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A Secret in the Words Tales of Literature and Dissent in Communist Czechoslovakia, Thea Toocheck, Gettysburg College

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Home and Healing in the In-Between: Migrant and Refugee Mental Health in Tunisia, Donia Torabian, Brown University

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La Radio es Más Fuerte que la Espada : La percepción de la eficacia de la radio comunitaria de Familiares y Amigos de Luciano Arruga en la visibilización del problema de la violencia institucional. / The Radio is Mightier than the Sword: The perception of efficiency of the community radio of Familiares y Amigos de Luciano Arruga in making visible the problem of institutional violence., Isabel Torres, Washington University in St. Louis

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La Pertinencia Cultural de los Proyectos Relacionados a la Planificación Familiar de las ONGs en el Distrito de Acomayo, Sadie Traylor, Elon University

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Ethnobotany and Dai Medicine: Herbal Roots, Jasper Tsai, Pitzer College

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Integrative Pharmacotherapeutic Approaches to Treating Depression, Charlotte Tse, Williams College