Final SIT Capstone Seminar of 2023 is Dec. 11-13

Announcement Date: December 5, 2023   |   Research, SIT Graduate Institute

Students completing master's degree programs at SIT Graduate Institute will present their final capstone projects Dec. 11-13, 2023. Times listed below are Eastern U.S. time. Members of the public are invited to attend these virtual presentations. Please email [email protected] to receive a link.

Monday, Dec. 11, 2:30 PM

Brittany Lavallee, Global Masters in Humanitarian Assistance and Crisis Management

Community Resilience and Creating Capacities for Risk Reduction in First Nations Communities, Case Study in Minegoziibe Anishinabe (Pine Creek First Nation)d Sustainability 

The community of Minegoziibe Anishinabe (Pine Creek First Nation) in Manitoba, Canada, has recently confronted life-threatening wildfires and floods. Like many First Nations, they have also faced the harmful social effects resulting from the legacy of Indian Residential Schools and the epidemic of drug and alcohol use. The community is creating capacities for risk reduction through taking care of their mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Traditional roles and responsibilities of the Chief and Council, Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and community members have helped guide mechanisms for emergency response and recovery. The analysis uses a holistic approach to understand community resilience through decolonized frameworks for disaster risk reduction

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 11 AM

Fyne-Lilian Pie Lebari, MA in Sustainable Development

UNEP Assessment of Ogoniland: HYPREP and its challenges to the implementation of the cleanup recommendations; Lessons from the field

According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) assessment of Ogoniland, oil contamination is widespread and severely impacting many components of the environment. To mitigate this, the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) was formed in 2012 by the federal government of Nigeria and tasked with the implementation of the cleanup recommendation of Ogoniland by UNEP. Since HYPREP’s official launch to commence the cleanup in 2016, it has experienced various challenges in the implementation of the cleanup. This paper identifies the challenges faced by HYPREP in the implementation of the Ogoni cleanup recommendations and the need for a uniform understanding of the term implementation by HYPREP in the context of the Ogoni cleanup and its implementing community.

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 1 PM

Ryan Monahan, Global Masters International Education

Roger Williams University Internationalization Plan Analysis and Recommendations

Roger Williams University, a small liberal arts school in Bristol, Rhode Island, is the focus of this report. The researcher first explores and defines internationalization as it applies to higher education, then analyzes the current internationalization efforts in place. Interviews were conducted with ten staff members from various departments across campus to gain a deeper understanding of RWU’s current internationalization policy.

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 11 AM

Ghassan Alkhateeb, Global Masters in Humanitarian Assistance and Crisis Management

Hygiene Behavior Changes of Syrian Early Adolescent Students in Jordan in the Context of COVID-19 Considering Parents' and Teachers' Perceptions 

This study delves into the hygiene behavior change among Syrian adolescent students in the context of COVID-19, examining the perspectives of parents and teachers. Displacement experiences and vulnerability impact hygiene behaviors, with overcrowded living conditions and economic struggles hindering optimal practices. While displacement itself may have a limited impact on hygiene habits, poverty emerges as a significant determinant. The study aligns with research emphasizing the socioeconomic factors influencing health practices in displaced populations.

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 1 PM

Kristal Mitra, Global Masters in Humanitarian Assistance and Crisis Management  

The Role of Education in Post-Conflict Kosovo: A proposal for an analysis of how experts understand the role that education has played in peacebuilding

This study seeks to answer the following research question: What is the relationship between Kosovo's education system and the conflict between Kosovo and Serbia? The researcher interviewed five individuals: one Bosnian, one Serbian, two Albanian Kosovars, and one Romani Kosovar. The results showed that education played many roles before, during and after the conflict between Kosovo and Serbia. Kosovo’s education system has historically been used as a tool to promote the political agendas of competing governments, whether that be the Albanian Kosovars, the Serbs, or that of the United Nations. The combination of the existing research and the data collected through the interviews created a strong foundation in understanding the role of education in the conflict between Kosovo and Serbia.