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


  • Karen Stromgren Blanchard

    Karen Stromgren Blanchard PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies
    MIA, School for International Training
    BA, University of Connecticut

    Associate Professor

    Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

    A member of SIT Graduate Institute faculty since 1988, Karen Blanchard developed and taught the Institute’s first course in conflict transformation. She also has directed a training program for Southeast Asian development professionals in the US and in Southeast Asia, and has been an academic director in Nepal. Karen was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia, and a Peace Corps trainer in Thailand. She also has managed programs for the Peace Corps and for the Intergovernmental Organization for Migration in Switzerland and Eastern Europe, has consulted on a project in Bosnia for the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding, and is currently working on an educational project in Asella, Ethiopia.

    Karen teaches the Journeys of Forgiveness course at SIT Graduate Institute, is the faculty advisor for the on-campus spirituality exploration group, and teaches courses in intercultural communication, both on campus and abroad. She has language skills in Spanish, French, Amharic, Thai, and Nepalese. She has lived in Switzerland and “feels at home” in several Asian countries. Karen is engaged in the local community by serving on two boards, one focused on arts activism and the other on environmental education.

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  • 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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