May 2019 Capstone Seminar

Announcement Date: May 3, 2019

Brattleboro, Vt.

Contact: Kate Casa  |  kate.casa@sit.edu

SIT welcomes 44 master's students to the May 2019 Capstone Seminar, taking place on the Brattleboro campus at 1 Kipling Road Tuesday, May 7 through Thursday, May 9.  The capstone presentation and paper is the culmination of every SIT degree program, a demonstration of students’ integration of theory and practice in their degree fields.

Students will present on topics including refugee resettlement for youth with elderly parents; a history of identity-based conflicts in Liberia; and music as a cultural gateway.

Faculty facilitators for the seminar include Udi Butler, Assistant Professor and Chair of the Sustainable Development master's degree program; Bruce W. Dayton, Associate Professor and Chair of the Peace and Justice Leadership master’s degree program; Sora Friedman, Professor and Chair of the International Education master’s program; Linda Gobbo, Professor in the International Education program; and Alla Korzh, Assistant Professor in the International Education program.  

Capstone Seminar events are free and open to the public.


Tuesday, May 7, 1-2:30 PM

NAME TITLE FACILITATOR ROOM
Toyoda, Kelsey Internationalization through Study Abroad atMiami University: A Look at Access, Inclusion and Quality

Sora Friedman Rotch 205
Kanyamanza, Bahati What Challenges Do Congolese Refugee Youth Resettled in the U.S with Sickly or Elderly Parents Face?


Udi Butler Rotch 208
Brzezinski, Nick Learning Freedom: A Journey in Training

Alla Korzh Rotch 209
Thabet, Fadia Challenging Extremist’ Recruitment Narratives Through Youth-To-Youth Oral Storytelling In Iraq


Bruce Dayton SGC 405
Kaltenbough, Scott The If Men Project – The Design and Implementation of a Healthy Masculinity Program for Young Men




Linda Gobbo IC 101

Tuesday, May 7, 3-4:30 PM

NAME TITLE FACILITATOR ROOM
Abulteaf, Tamam



An Experiential, Interfaith Peacebuilding and Reconciliation Curriculum Design for Israelis and Palestinians
Sora Friedman

Rotch 205



Manion, Sean Pathologizing the Other: Disease Rhetoric in Dangerous Speech


Udi Butler Rotch 208
Pierattini, Catherine Music as a Cultural Gateway: A Short-Term Folk Music Program in Albania


Alla Korzh Rotch 209
Ayala, Fabio Circles: A Tool for Understanding How Teen Boys View and Engage with Their Masculinity


Bruce Dayton SGC 405
Gaddy, Lisa Accent Modification Program: A Program for Foreign- Born Employees at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital




Linda Gobbo IC 101

Wednesday, May 8, 8:30–10 AM

Passauer, Leah Language Matters: What are the Primary School Teachers' Perspectives and Lived Experiences of Burundi's Language Policy?

Sora Friedman Rotch 205
Ferrick, Jordan My Photo, My Voice: Reducing Self-Stigma of Felons & Drug Addicts through the use of Storytelling and Photographs


Udi Butler Rotch 208
Grandison, Kristia The Short-term French Youth Exchange Program


Alla Korzh Rotch 209
Chevalier, Brian Puzzling together: Avenues for applying motivational interviewing to the transformation of intractable, intergroup conflict (U.S. context)


Bruce Dayton SGC 405
Wooldridge, Kathryn What is Accountability? Understandings and Challenges of Accountability in White Anti-Racism Organizing




Linda Gobbo IC 101

Wednesday, May 8, 10:30 AM-12 PM

NAME TITLE FACILITATOR ROOM
Woodward, Stacy Intercultural Communication in International Student Advisor-Advisee Relationships

Sora Friedman Rotch 205
Edris, Abdou A case study on the conduct of a nonviolence national campaign for political & social change in Sudan in 2020


Udi Butler Rotch 208
Gehen, Courtney Radical Empathy and Community Empowerment in Practice: International Student Retention at SUNY Plattsburgh


Alla Korzh Rotch 209
Mowrer, Katherine Organization-Based Disability Access: A YMCA Childcare Center Case Study


Bruce Dayton SGC 405
Nguyen, Thuy Peace Building and Communicty Development, a civic engagement program for Vietnamese undergraduate students in Cambodia



Linda Gobbo IC 101

Wednesday, May 8, 1:30–3 PM

NAME TITLE FACILITATOR ROOM
Alomari, Mamer Why Ultras riot? Understanding the Ultras perspective through social media discourse analysis



Sora Friedman Rotch 205
Thein, Sai Aung Using Principles of Inclusion and Sustainability for Designing and Facilitating Inclusive and Sustainable Development Workshops


Udi Butler Rotch 208
DeBenedictis, Julie The River is Flooded by Tributaries: Incop


Alla Korzh Rotch 209
Storrow, Ashley Breaking With Silence: Using a Music Classroom to Empower and Engage


Bruce Dayton SGC 405
Turman Corchado, Angelique Siena College Summer Institute: A program design for a short-term summer program for students from Siena's international exchange universities.




Linda Gobbo IC 101

Wednesday, May 8, 3:30-5 PM

NAME TITLE FACILITATOR ROOM
Kyaw, Thazin Nyein Social Innovation Abroad: Service-Learning Program at Magga Foundation

Sora Friedman Rotch 205
Mansare, Sekou Youth's Decent Employment in Guinea: Enabling Factors and Holistic Approach


Udi Butler Rotch 208
Toledo, Andrew The Value of Mentorship Opportunities: The International Student Mentorship Program


Alla Korzh Rotch 209
Silverberg, Cara Critical Embodied Praxis for Social Justice and Peace Educators: A Story of Personal Transformation through Examination of my Jewish and Settler Identities

Bruce Dayton SGC 405
Huse, Emma Reimagining the College as a Safe Haven: The Marlboro Community Asylum Seekers Project




Linda Gobbo IC 101

Thursday, May 9, 8:30–10 AM

NAME TITLE FACILITATOR ROOM
Wilson, Kwina . Exploring Effective Advocacy Strategies (A case study of UNICEF USA advocacy efforts)

Udi Butler Rotch 208
Haskell, John Training for Experiential Ecology: Agro-Ecology and Education in the SIT Community Garden


Alla Korzh Rotch 209
Parkins, Daniel Colonialism, Postcolonialism, and the Drive for Social Justice: A Historical Analysis of Identity Based Conflicts in the First Republic of Liberia

Bruce Dayton SGC 405
Johnson, Chelsea Beyond the Buzzwords: A Framework of Inclusive Excellence for Leader Hiring and Training at The Experiment in International Living



Linda Gobbo IC 101

Thursday, May 9, 10:30 AM-12 PM

NAME TITLE FACILITATOR ROOM
Donyina, Richmond Opoku Exploring how social networks contribute to African immigrants' ability to procure a sustainable livelihood in New York City


Udi Butler Rotch 208
Kelley, Amy Elements of Successful Education Abroad Programs for STEM and Vocational Students: Lessons form the University of Wisconsin - Stout, Polytechnic


Alla Korzh Rotch 209
Mahoney, Florence Decoupling Trauma and Criminal Behavior through Restorative Reentry Programs and COSAs


Bruce Dayton SGC 405
Raphoon, Michele You Can't Teach Global Engagement: Solving the Dilemma of How to Integrate Academic and Intercultural Learning Objectives within a Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program




Linda Gobbo IC 101

Thursday, May 9, 1:30–3 PM

NAME TITLE FACILITATOR ROOM
Reaveley, Sarah The Okanogan Highlands: A Case Study on Economic Access, Food Security, and Local Development


Udi Butler Rotch 208
Oyegbola, Folake Facilitating Social Change: A Journey of Learning and Development


Alla Korzh Rotch 209
Bouwsma, Sophia Evangelicalism and Peace and Conflict Studies: A Wheaton College Case Study

Bruce Dayton SGC 405
Naing, Cho Myint Understanding advocacy in a transitional democracy




Linda Gobbo IC 101

Thursday, May 9, 3:30-5 PM

NAME TITLE FACILITATOR ROOM
Diallo, Noumoussara The perception of climate change and the adaptation strategies developed by the small farmers in Senegal


Udi Butler Rotch 208
Agbaje, Richard Rebuilding Resilience of Rural Community Dwellers in Liberia Post-war: Case Study of Nimba County in Liberia


Bruce Dayton SGC 405
Sour, Keanuy The Impacts of First-time Homebuyer Program on Financial Stability and Quality of Life




Linda Gobbo IC 101