Master of Arts in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management (Self-Designed)

Alumni Profile

"I couldn’t have asked for anything more from my internship. It superseded anything intellectual... it was about the human side, and a personal understanding of conflict."

-- Greg Eckart
AmeriCorps Paralegal/Advocate, Legal Aid;
Volunteer, Mediation Center of the Pacific, and Facilitator, Soliya


My internship in the Dheisheh Refugee Camp in the West Bank was an unexpected and moving journey. I was apprehensive at first about my personal safety, the challenges of living in a foreign community, and other related issues. However, it turned out to be more than three months of remarkable opportunity.

My knowledge and understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict deepened significantly, but more important was my exposure to the human side of the conflict. I developed personal connections and relationships with Palestinian refugees and many others, which were the highest point and the real highlight of my entire internship.

Presently, I am utilizing my conflict transformation and mediation training from SIT in several capacities: as a volunteer community mediator and as a facilitator in the Soliya Connect program (a program that empowers young adults to bridge the divide between the “West” and the “Arab and Muslim World”). In addition, I hold a full-time position as an AmeriCorps paralegal for the Legal Aid nonprofit law firm in Honolulu, serving and advocating for the legal needs of low-income community members.

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