Master of Arts in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation

Alumni Profile

"My studies at SIT gave me a solid foundation and understanding of cross-cultural communication, which I apply daily."

-- Brehan Doud, East Africa Program Specialistat USDA Forest Office of International Programs Mercy Corps


I am a 2011 graduate of SIT’s MA in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation program, with a concentration in development. SIT was the right choice for me as it coupled my prior international experience as an English as a Second Language teacher with my desire to transition to development work. 

The SIT faculty not only taught me the theoretical components of conflict studies; they also provided practical knowledge from their own professional experiences, which shed light on how to take the program’s coursework and apply it to our internships and future professions. The Reflective Practice Phase gave me an advantage when applying for jobs by giving me professional experience as a graduate student.   

Currently, I am a program associate at IREX, an international nongovernmental organization. I work in the education program division and assist in the design and implementation of professional development programs held in the United States for teachers from more than 50 countries. My studies at SIT gave me a solid foundation and understanding of cross-cultural communication, which I apply daily in this role.

I have been fortunate to continue with my studies of peacebuilding and conflict through professional seminars and trainings; my education from SIT has made me a confident participant in these sessions. Through SIT I established wonderful friendships and built connections in the fields in which I work. 

I look forward to applying the theories and thoughtful approach to development I gained as an SIT student in all my future professional endeavors.  

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