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 2022

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Aid for Ed: An Analysis of Rwanda’s 12-Year Basic Education System and its Relationship with Government-channeled aid, Gabriel K. Anzeze, Lake Forest College

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The Future of Multinational Accountability within the Environmental Policy Nexus, Lauren Beasley, Whittier College

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The Battle for the Sea: Tourism Development and Public Ocean Access in Jambiani, Zanzibar, Sophie Beauchesne, Salve Regina University

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The role of women and their significance to the future development of Morocco, John Bethe, University of Colorado Boulder

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Healing from Genocidal Rape: An Exploration of the Trauma Healing Process among SEVOTA Members, Delaney Bluhm, Gustavus Adolphus College

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“Somos un Pueblo Fumigado”: un análisis de la lucha contra la fumigación y sistema de agronegocios en la provincia de Buenos Aires, Samuel Brooks, Williams College

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Restoring Dignity in the Gardens of eKhenana, Jordan Buser, University of Puget Sound

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The Relationship Between Humans and Nature in The Himalayas: A Collection of Poems, Floyd Cornett, University of Virginia

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Water: The Gift and the Curse: A Climate Change Preparedness Study on an Increased rainfall Scenarios In the Yunguilla Cloud Forest, Ecuador, Emilia Dick Fiora del Fabro, Tufts University

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The Ethics of Medical Voluntourism: the Conceptualization and Management of ‘Doing Harm’ Within the Business, Katelyn Dohler, Vanderbilt University

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Héroes anónimos: La relación entre la gente y las plantas nativas en Río Grande, Argentina, Rachel Elliott, University of Vermont

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Good Cop/Bad Cop: A comparative analysis of affiliative and aggressive behaviors by adult female and male olive baboons with infants at Randilen Wildlife Management Area, Tanzania, Jesse Elop, University of Oregon

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Tejer una red de apoyo: Tejemujeres: Una Cooperativa de artesanas en Gualaceo, Ecuador, Emma Floyd, Oberlin College

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Energy Literacy in Portugal: A System Map and Framework to Increase Energy Literacy Through the Renewable Energy Transition, Molly S. Fox, University of Colorado Boulder

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Duelos incompletos: La situación actual del acceso a servicios de salud mental para los sobrevivientes del conflicto armado en Ayacucho, Olivia Frison De Angelis, The College of Wooster

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Worrying in Cato Manor: A Case Study Analysis on the Influence of Context, Samantha Garbus, University of Vermont

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Drivers and Barriers of the Transition To Regenerative Agriculture Within the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy Reform: Comparative Analysis with the US Farm Bill, Samantha Gish, Colorado University Boulder

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The Correlation Between Vaccine Hesitancy and Privilege: Exploring the degree to which education and income foster resistance to vaccination efforts, Sophie Goldenberg, Vanderbilt University

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Evaluating the validity of restrictions on blood donation eligibility for men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United States, France, and Switzerland, Swathi Gorantla, Vanderbilt University

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Analyzing Alternative Spaces: Queer Social Networks and Notions of Belonging in Morocco, Adam Griffin, University of Notre Dame

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Murals & Mother Nature: Urban environmental art in Lisbon reveals great concern and appreciation for the environment, Ana Gunther, Bowdoin College

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From River to Ridge: The Influence of Elevation and Habitat on Herpetofauna Species Abundance and Diversity in the Llanganates-Sangay Ecological Corridor, Ecuador, Elle Hankin, Colby College

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Gen-Z, Gender, & Governmental Grievances: A post-transition political philosophy for the newest generation of women in a ‘failed’ state., Olivia Harvey, Denison University

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Microplastics, The Environment, and Reproductive Health: How is The Accumulation of Microplastics in our Environment and Bodies Impacting Reproductive Health?, Katherine Hayward, University of Connecticut

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Beacons of Peace and Tolerance: The Politics of Memory in Judeo-Moroccan Cultural and Historical Institutions, Audrey Ming An Hirsch, Wellesley College

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Earth stories: a narrative understanding of farmlife in Pokhara, Nepal, Grace Holmes, Skidmore College

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Seeking Independence a Second Time: FDI in Uganda’s Development, Halle Jones, Vassar College

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Can Joy be Racialized? Analyzing how Ghanaians Conceptualize Joy, Zakiyyah (Zaza) Jones, Swarthmore College

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(Witch) Crafting Identity: An Autoethnographic Analysis of the Dutch National Identity Through Women in Haunted History, Hallie Kamosky, Brandeis University

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Loving You in the Desert: Short Stories, Sam Kass, Vassar College

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Los impactos del cambio climático en las comunidades Aymaras en Putre, el valle de Azapa y Arica, Lindsey Kaufman, Washington University in St. Louis

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“La Ultra Periferia de un País Periférico”: La Política Estratégica Litífera en Jujuy: Los Objetivos, Los Instrumentos, y los Desafíos / The Ultra Periphery of a Periphery Country: The Strategic Policy Towards Lithium in Jujuy: The Objectives, the Instruments, and the Challenges, Max Kaye, Georgetown University

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The Power of the Middle Class in the United States and China, Sarah Kent, University of Michigan

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Irregular Migration in Morocco: A Case for Constructionism, Mourad Khalil, Davidson College

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Desert Power: Exploring How Jordan Can Democratize Through Tribalism, Shahab A. Khan, The University of Iowa

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From City State to Medina: The Timeless Wisdom of Aristotle’s Polis, Spencer Koehl, University of Notre Dame

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Domesticated: Migrant Domestic Workers in Jordan and Their Place in Jordan’s Law and Homes, Jeromel Dela Rosa Lara, Harvard University

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La crisis carcelaria en el Ecuador: las causas, manifestaciones y algunas recomendaciones, Ava Lausch, Oberlin College

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Defensa y Oposición al Aborto Legal: una exploración de las estrategias y las agendas dentro de los movimientos a favor y en contra de los derechos reproductivos en Buenos Aires, Argentina / Defense and Opposition of Legal Abortion: an exploration of the strategies and agendas within pro- and anti- reproductive rights movements in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Hannah Levenstein, University of Redlands

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“Yo también Puedo” - Una investigación de pensamientos y opiniones sobre redes de apoyo y historia de violencia intrafamiliar contra mujeres mapuches rurales, Shira A. Lyss-Loren, Washington University in St. Louis

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The Current Status of Women in Morocco and How it Can be Improved, Amanda Maia, Smith College

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A comparative analysis of migrant health policies and practices in the US and Switzerland, Rebecca Mak, Rice University

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The Maps of Us: Generational Trauma, Community Building, and Creative Resistance in Amman, Jordan, Neha Malik, Georgetown University

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Investigating White Hegemonic Masculinity Among SADF Veterans in Durban, James Marculitis, Occidental College

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Improving the Longevity of Dairy Cattle: An Important Initiative for the Swiss Dairy Industry, Frances McMillan, Denison University

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Sacred Scavengers: Vulture Conservation in Nepal, Hans Nedde, St. Lawrence University

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Step by step: Understanding perceptions of time and space in Nepal, Lillian Norton-Brainerd, Hamilton College

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Unofficial Torturers and Helpless Victims: Applying the Convention Against Torture to Organized Criminal Groups, Emmanuel Orozco Castellanos, University of Michigan

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Jabaaru Immigré ak Goor Jaarin: Migration, Marriage, and Emigrants’ Wives in Senegal, Sophia Patterson, Trinity University

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How Ultra Firms in Former Soviet and Yugoslav States Became Political Actors, Alex Pelletier, Davidson College

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La Cultura Familiar: Una exploración de herencia y memoria a través de comida, Alexandria Pizzino, Bowdoin College

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La Capital Marica de Chile: Un mapa queer/kuir/marica de Valparaíso y una investigación sobre la construcción publica de una comunidad visible en Valparaíso, Steven Powell, Duke University

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Counternarratives of Color: Race in Queer Archiving, Sanjula Rajat, Rollins College

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A quantitative study of orchids and their proximate environments over an elevational gradient on the Northern slope of Montagne d’Ambre, Hazel Schrader, Hamilton College

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Shinetagantsi: Un caso de la alimentación materna e infantil y medicina intercultural durante lactancia en la comunidad nativa de Palotoa Teparo, Layne Scopano, University of South Carolina

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El impacto de la pandemia en la formación de los hábitos de alimentación en niñes pequeñes en la Villa 21-24 en Barracas, Buenos Aires / The impact of the pandemic in the creation of nutritional habits in young children in Villa 21-24 in Barracas, Buenos Aires, Hannah Seewald, Temple University

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Impacto de la urbanización en dos cursos de agua de Ushuaia, Argentina: Aplicación del Índice de Calidad de Agua Fueguina (ICAF) en el Río Pipo y Arroyo Buena Esperanza, Mary Shawaker, Kenyon College

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Millonarios y Bosteros: La rivalidad entre River y Boca desde una perspectiva de desigualdad social en la ciudad de Buenos Aires contemporánea, Noah Siderhurst, Vassar College

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La Ciencia Deshumanizada: La relación humano-ambiental entre el CADIC-CONICET y la Antártida, Ariel Silverman, Harvard University

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La política cultural del aborto: Las percepciones y el manejo del aborto en Arica, Chile, Eva Strelitz-Block, The University of Texas at Austin

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Assessing the Threat of Coral Decline on Fish Diversity in Response to Temperature, Ryland Talmadge, College of Charleston

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Aquatic diversity in a changing tropical Andean glacierized catchment: Macroinvertebrates reveal possible important consequences to the Chimborazo region as glaciers recede and the climate continues to change, Tanner Thomas, Bowdoin College

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Perceptions of the Efficacy and Trustworthiness of Faith-Based Organizations and Secular NGOs in Mgwashi, Bumbuli District, Tanzania, Naomi Tomlin, Vassar College

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A Displaced People: Documenting the History and Displacement of the Batwa Tribe in Bundibugyo District, Uganda., Marcos S. Turk, The George Washington University

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Factors Driving Changing Community Acceptance of Gays and Lesbians in Cato Manor, KwaZulu-Natal, Isabella van der Weide, Muhlenberg College

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Políticas Visuales y Acción Colectiva: Un investigación sobre las articulaciones estético-políticas en manifestaciones de arte público en Ushuaia y El Bolsón / Visual Politics and Collective Action: An investigation of aesthetic-political articulations in manifestations of public art in Ushuaia and El Bolsón, Laura Woodhouse, University of Puget Sound

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Using Sport as a Tool for Sustainable Development: International Organizations and Sustainability, Hank Young, University of Arkansas

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Conservation and Variation in Agricultural Landscapes: A survey of insect populations across naranjilla cultivation methods in the eastern Andean cloud forest, Ian Zakelj, Macalester College

Submissions from 2021

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An evaluation of the organic carbon content found in Fucus vesiculosus and Ascophyllum nodosum from Skutulsfjörður and Eyjafjörður, Iceland, Sylvie Alexander, Scripps College

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Discontinuity Between Religion, Law, and Society through Animal Treatment in Morocco, Michael Altman, Hamilton College

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Constructed Memories: A Study of how the Arts and the National Museum Operate Within Power Structures and State Interests in Postcolonial Morocco, Evan Antonakes, Bates College

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Through the Eyes of Lawyers and Advocates: Navigating the Court System for Women Impacted by Domestic Violence in Morocco, Emily Atieh, Brandeis University

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An Analysis of the Role of Gender in Political News Media Coverage, Clare Atkinson, University of Virginia

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Narrativas de la autoconstrucción: posicionalidades e identidades en migrantes venezolanos en Quito, Ecuador, Vicente Bickel, Hope College

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Islam and Equality Through Symbolism, Nellie Bowers, Sewanee

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The Odyssean Dilemma: Homelessness as Home and the Search for Ithaka, Francesca Casarella, University of Notre Dame

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Helmintos transmitidos por el suelo en Ecuador; la respuesta comunitaria y las percepciones a ellos en Baños y Puyo, Audrey Chesney, Gettysburg College

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A Socio-Ecological Perspective on Integrating Biodiversity Conservation and the Security-Development Nexus in Sub-Saharan Africa, Lilyon Conroy, Tulane University

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The Memory of a Nation: How Spanish Political Parties and Their Electoral Manifestos Address Historical Memory, Aidan G. Coohill, University of Colorado Boulder

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The Role of Public and Private Sectors: How to Promote National Cybersecurity Strategies and Critical Infrastructure Protection in Southeastern Europe, Larry Cruz, Bates College

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Assessing the need for and access to migrant-sensitive rehabilitative healthcare: An analysis of current Swiss and German practices, Lauren Cuppy, University of South Carolina

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RETRATO DE UNA ECONOMÍA EN MOVIMIENTO: Retos de la economía sustentable en San Francisco de Borja, Quijos, Napo, Meghan Mary Edwards, Ohio Wesleyan University

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An Eventful Past Predicting a Bizarre Future: Assessing the Influence of Ocean Circulation on Key Fish Species in Icelandic Waters. An analysis of past circulation records in order to predict the state of demersal fish stocks in future climate scenarios, Matthew Engfer, The College of Wooster

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Development-Induced Displacement in Kiryandongo District: A Case Study of the Karuma Hydroelectric Power Plant, Remington Fritz, William & Mary

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Purple Shadows in Catalonia: Josep Pla, Great Questions of Literature, and the Bid for Catalan Independence, Caya Greenspan-Layman, Muhlenberg College

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A Hidden Emergency: Transgenerational Inheritance in the Next Generation of Rwandans, Neila Gross, University of Notre Dame

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The Gap Between Policy and the People: A Case Study of the Buikwe Fishing Communities, Capri Gutiérrez, Rollins College

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A Ladder of Endemicity: A pioneering study of anuran communities along an elevational gradient in the Eastern Andean Cloud Forests, Ecuador, Ella Halbert, Oberlin College

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The Hands that Weave Stories, Elanna Hawkins, Southwestern University

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The Multi-step Approach to Covid Prevention in the Casamance Region, Saraí Hernandez Salguero, Bowdoin College

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Landmine Removal in Post-Conflict Rwanda: The Connection Between Demining, Reconstruction, and Reconciliation, Riley Hinklin, Macalester College

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Land Use as a Predictor of Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) Presence on the Entebbe Coast of Lake Victoria, Uganda, Zachary Hoffman, Gettysburg College

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Los Efectos Psicosociales que Produce el Embarazo en las Vidas de Madres Adolescentes en Quito, Ecuador, Kaylee Howell, Wake Forest University

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Investigating The Impact of Land Use on Avian Diversity and Abundance in Areas Surrounding Mabamba Swamp, Uganda, Sydney Marie Jones, Carleton College

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An Assessment of the Traditional Botanical Usage of the Indigeneous People of the Bugungu Sub-Region of Western Uganda, Elena Kilber, Portland State University

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A biological assessment of water quality in El Placer, Ecuador: The effect of agriculture on stream health and the quality of historical versus current drinking water sources, Danielle Kleinberg, Gettysburg College

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Representation and Recommendations: Participation of People Who Use Drugs in UN-Level Policy-making, Lily Knudsen, Vanderbilt University

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Bird Diversity in the Ecuadorian Chocó: A Proposal for Avitourism in Villaflora and Manduriacu Reserve, Elizabeth Kroger, Middlebury College

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Lessons learned from the HIV/AIDS pandemic and access to medicines for COVID-19 treatment, Thalia Le, Emory University

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Alienation of Labor or Alienation of Self: Perceptions of Hospitality Labor and Economic Development in Morocco, Julian Madera, Brandeis University