Master of Arts in Sustainable Development:
Advocacy, Leadership, and Social Change, Brattleboro, VT

Other SIT Faculty who teach Sustainable Development courses

  • Tatsushi Arai

    Tatsushi Arai PhD, George Mason University
    MA, Monterey Institute of International Studies
    BA, Waseda University, Japan

    Associate Professor, Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation
    Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

    Dr. Tatsushi (Tats) Arai is a scholar-practitioner of conflict resolution, sustainable development, and cross-cultural communication with seventeen years of international experience. Currently, he is an associate professor of peacebuilding and conflict transformation at SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont and a fellow of the Center for Peacemaking Practice, the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University in Virginia. Previously, Dr. Arai taught international relations at the National University of Rwanda in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide. As a trainer, mediator, and dialogue facilitator, he has designed and facilitated a number of dialogues and workshops on peace and conflict-related issues for political leaders, diplomats, military and peacekeeping professionals, civil society and religious leaders, and representatives of international organizations. Dr. Arai has worked extensively in the United States, the Middle East, the African Great Lakes, South Asia, East Asia, and Southeast Asia, and has conducted field research in Europe.

    Dr. Arai’s scholarship explores the link between theory and practice. His recent publications include “Rebuilding Pakistan in the Aftermath of the Floods: Disaster Relief as Conflict Prevention” in Journal of Peacebuilding and Development (2012), “Development Sensitivity for Reconciliation: Lessons Learned from Rwanda” in Conflict Trends (2012), and “Activating Peace Potential in Youth-Led Civil Society Dialogues Across the Taiwan Strait” in New Paradigms of Peace Research: The Asia-Pacific Context (2013). His book Creativity and Conflict Resolution: Alternative Pathways to Peace (2009, Routledge) examines patterns of group-based creativity based on a comparative analysis of seventeen cases. His most recent publication, Clash of National Identities: China, Japan, and the East China Sea Territorial Dispute (2013, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars), with S. Goto and Z. Wang as co-editors, provides a multi-angled analysis of the security crisis and offers concrete policy proposals.

    Dr. Arai’s current research and applied practice focus on (1) the transformation of existential conflict, (2) the link between sustainable development and conflict transformation, (3) the role of Asian religions, especially Buddhism, in peacemaking, and (4) alternative methods of experiential learning. 

    Dr. Arai is a Japanese citizen and lives in Western Massachusetts with his tri-national family.

    View Dr. Arai's publications and activities for public outreach.

  • Paula Green

    Paula Green EdD, Boston University
    MA, New York University
    BA, Kean College of New Jersey

    Professor, Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation
    Program Director

    Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

    Paula Green is a professor of conflict transformation at SIT Graduate Institute, and the founder-director of Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT), a graduate certificate program of the SIT Summer Peacebuilding Institute held annually for peacemakers from around the world. CONTACT takes place each year in June on SIT’s Vermont campus and in South Asia in December. Paula joined SIT in 1995 and began the CONTACT program in 1997.

    Paula is also the founder of Karuna Center for Peacebuilding, an NGO based in Amherst, Massachusetts, that focuses on international conflict transformation, inter-communal dialogue, and reconciliation. She has decades of experience as a psychologist, educator, and consultant in peacebuilding in many regions of Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, and in the US. Paula is a winner of the Unsung Heroes of Compassion award, which was presented to her by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in April 2009.

  • Syed Aqeel Tirmizi

    Syed Aqeel Tirmizi PhD, State University of New York, Binghamton
    MIA, School for International Training
    BComm, University of Punjab, Pakistan

    Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

    Dr. Aqeel Tirmizi’s professional portfolio includes more than 20 years of international experience in teaching, research, management and capacity building. The major focus of his work extensively deals with managing and leading in global and multicultural environments as well as working with themes of social justice and social innovation. He teaches in the areas of organizational behavior, leadership and change, theory and practice of mission-driven organizations, human resource management, and social entrepreneurship.

    Dr. Tirmizi's research focuses on leadership, social entrepreneurship, multicultural teams, decision-making, human resource management with attention to issues of culture and social responsibility.  He has presented his work at several leading international conferences in Asia, Europe and the U.S., including the Academy of Management Conference, the European Academy of Management Conference, and the Global HRM Conference.  He is a member of The Academy of Management, International Leadership Association and Leadership Learning Community.

    He has extensive experience in executive and customized training, facilitation and capacity building programs for clients in multiple sectors. Dr. Tirmizi has facilitated programs focusing on leadership development, strategic planning, team development, and organizational capacity building for a variety of national and international organizations. This work has included a four-year long program with Ford Foundation’s International Fellowship Program, where he Co-Directed their Leadership for Social Justice Institute for about one thousand young leaders from twenty different countries.

  • Ryland White

    Ryland White MIA, School for International Training
    BA, Converse College

    Associate Professor
    Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

    Associate professor Ryland White has been a member of SIT Graduate Institute faculty since 1993. She teaches courses in training design for experiential learning, training for social action, dismantling disability, and ethics and intercultural training design. Her professional experience includes cross-cultural training for refugee resettlement, training Peace Corps volunteers and staff, worldwide cross-cultural “training of trainers,” and social justice. She has also served as a consultant to organizations that include Oxfam America, CARE America, EarthRights International, BRAC Bangladesh, the United Nations, and Heifer International. Her professional interests include experientially based education, training of trainers, intercultural communication, and social action work.

  • Kenneth Williams

    Kenneth Williams Ed.D., Columbia University
    M.Ed., Columbia University
    M.A., Columbia University
    MSc., London School of Economics, UK
    BA, University of the West Indies, Jamaica

    Associate Professor
    Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

    Kenneth Williams completed his doctorate in organization and leadership at Columbia University, and his master's degree at the London School of Economics.  He teaches courses in Organizational Behavior and Team Development; Organizational Behavior and Leadership; Social Identity; Research, Decision-making and Analysis; Qualitative Research Methodology; Quantitative Research Methodology using SPSS and Excel; Leadership, Community and Coalition-Building.  His interests include leadership development, multicultural organizational development, change management, educational administration and reform, developing learning organizations in NGO and for profit management.   

    Williams has worked, studied and/or lived in the U.K., Bermuda, Bangladesh, Thailand, Jamaica, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Oman, Trinidad & Tobago and the United States, as well as in Barbados, where he founded a number of small- and medium-sized enterprises.  A consultant to NGOs in Bermuda, Thailand, Tanzania, the United States, and Barbados, Professor Williams is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the American Educational Research Association, and the Academy of Human Resource Development.

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