Immerse yourself in a global experience with the Fall 2021 SIT Critical Conversations Webinar Series. Through these free virtual events, prospective students, academic advisors, faculty members, and curious global citizens can hear from SIT faculty, guest speakers, alumni and other experts around the world as we come together to confront our own assumptions and address the most critical global issues of our time.
School for International Training (SIT) developed our Critical Global Issues framework as the basis for all of our programming. Through this framework, we seek to develop the next generation of leaders with the expertise and intercultural understanding to engage all identities, perspectives, and cultures through respectful, enduring, and meaningful interaction.
The "Intangible Baggage": Gen Z and DEI in Education Abroad
Tuesday, 9/14 | 2–3 PM ET | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)
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Gen Z is the most diverse generation in American history, and they come to study abroad experiences with "intangible baggage" - their own perceptions, needs, and expectations around diversity, equity, and inclusion. This presentation will raise a few related questions and food for thought on these issues for students, professionals, and educators interested or working in study abroad.
Centering Indigenous Voices: The Promise of DEI and the Limits of Coloniality
Wednesday, 9/15 | 11 AM–12:30 PM ET | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)
Research in a Vietnamese Indigenous Context: Challenges and Perspectives for a More Inclusive and Equitable Framework
This presentation provides critical insights into the contextual challenges of conducting research in an indigenous setting in Vietnam. Drawing on studies of indigenous and minority communities in the Mekong Delta, Central Highlands, and Northern Uplands of Vietnam, the author engages in self and methodological reflections to explain the challenges of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion values when doing research that involves indigenous populations.
Decolonial Pedagogy and Epistemological Detachment: The Case for an Educative Autonomy for the Mapuche People
In this presentation, the author defines and advocates for the necessity of an educative autonomy of the Mapuche ("people of the land") through a decolonial critique of the state-sponsored violence against the Mapuche people that is materialized by epistemicide, deterritorialization, and ethnocide and is legitimized by a strong misrepresentation of Mapuche history.
Celebrate International Day of Peace with SIT's MA in Peace and Justice Leadership
Tuesday, 9/21 | 12–1 PM ET | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)
Bruce Dayton will facilitate a short discussion with alumni and current students about peace in the global context. This webinar will also include information about the two-year master's degree in peace and justice leadership, how to apply, and how to pay for it.
SIT Virtual Open House—Samoa: Social and Environmental Change in Oceania
Thursday, 9/23 | 2-3 PM ET | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)
Join Academic Director Fetaomi Tapu-Qiliho as she provides an overview of the Samoa: Social and Environmental Change in Oceania immersive semester program and the learning center in Apia, Samoa. The session will conclude with an open Q&A session. Bring your questions!
Find Your Funding for SIT Study Abroad, SIT Graduate Institute, and Beyond
Tuesday, 9/28 | 3–4 PM ET | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)
Studying on an SIT Study Abroad or SIT Graduate Institute program is an experience of a lifetime, but costs can sometimes seem overwhelming at first glance. Start your financial planning early and join us as we discuss SIT and external funding and scholarship opportunities. We will also cover post-graduate awards for continued research and fellowships, such as the Fulbright Program, SIT's Alice Rowan Swanson Fellowship, and more.
Coloniality, Indigenous Knowledge, and Healthcare Delivery in the Global South: Chile and Madagascar as Case Studies
Thursday, 9/30 | 12–1 PM ET | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)
This presentation aims to provide a critical perspective on diversity, equity, and inclusion as they pertain to processes that have shaped health and health policies for marginalized populations, with a special focus on indigenous peoples in Chile and Madagascar.
Identity and Navigating Study Abroad
Wednesday, 10/6 | 3–4 PM ET | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)
The facets of your identity-such as race, gender, class, sexuality, and more—inform how you view the world. These facets will also come into play during your time abroad. During this session, presenters will discuss important considerations and questions regarding identity and study abroad. This session will be a collaboration between Vanessa Doyle and Ian Hefele in SIT Admissions and Kory Saunders, assistant director for strategic marketing, diversity, and inclusion at North Carolina State University.
SIT Virtual Open House—India: Sustainable Development and Social Change
Thursday, 10/7 | 12–1 PM ET | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)
Join Academic Director Trilochan Pandey as he provides an overview of the India: Sustainable Development and Social Change immersive semester program. Trilochan will also briefly describe the India: Virtual Internship in Environment, Development, and Sustainability and Virtual Hindi Language programs. The session will conclude with an open Q&A session. Bring your questions!
SIT Virtual Open House—IHP Food Systems: Agriculture, Sustainability, and Justice
Tuesday, 10/12 | 12–1 PM ET | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)
Join Program Director and Program Chair Joseph Lanning as he provides an overview of the IHP Food Systems: Agriculture, Sustainability, and Justice immersive semester program. Joe will also briefly describe the Global Master of Arts in Development Practice program. The session will conclude with an open Q&A session. Bring your questions!
Cook "Musakhan" with SIT Jordan
Thursday, 10/14 | 1–2:30 PM ET | A recording of this session is not available.
Sahtain wa Afia! Learn to cook a traditional Palestinian dish called musakhan with the help of SIT Jordan Academic Director Raed Al-Tabini and a local SIT homestay mother, Sakhaa Batayneh. Learn more about the ingredients and cooking utensils needed to cook the dish together virtually.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Representations and Epistemologies of DEI: A Conversation with Leading Postcolonial Theorist Homi K. Bhabha
Monday, 10/18 | 12–2 PM ET | A recording of this session is not available.
Engage with one of the most influential voices of the past 100 years, Homi K. Bhabha, on conceptual imaginings of society in an era marked by "the governance of the unprepared," "the fragility of democracy," "tribal nationalism," and racism. Bhabha, a leading voice in postcolonial theory, is the Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities in the English and Comparative Literature Departments at Harvard University and the author of numerous works exploring postcolonial theory, cultural change and power, contemporary art, and cosmopolitanism.
Alumni Perspectives on the SIT Study Abroad Experience
Thursday, 10/21 | 4–5 PM ET | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)
Recent SIT alumni will talk about their experiences navigating study abroad during the pandemic, social identity, culture shock, program components, budgeting, homestays and lodging, and more. Alumni featured in this presentation studied abroad with SIT over the past year and were students on our virtual programs. This is an open discussion that can take any direction. Bring your questions!
Celebrate Global Health Equity Week with SIT's MA in Global Health
Tuesday, 10/26 | 11 AM–12 PM ET | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)
Steve Wandiga and current global health master's degree students will talk about global health equity with COVID-19 vaccines from Kisumu, Kenya, where they are completing their first semester. This webinar will also include information about the one-year global health degree, how to apply, and how to pay for it.
SIT Graduate Institute Admissions—EdD in Global Education
Monday, 11/1 | 1–2 PM ET | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)
Learn more about our part-time, hybrid EdD in Global Education program at SIT Graduate Institute. Accelerate your career by building the interdisciplinary expertise and skills to address critical issues in global education. This event is designed for prospective students to learn more in-depth details about these innovative programs.
SIT Language Sampler: Learn Tibetan—the Language of the Himalayas
Tuesday, 11/2 | 11:30 AM–12:30 PM ET | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)
Tashi delek! Join SIT's experienced teachers in Nepal for an interactive, online beginner Tibetan language class. Native to the Himalayas, Tibetan is the spiritual language of Tibetan Buddhism and is a living language spoken by more than six million people across Nepal, Bhutan, northern India, and the Tibet Autonomous Region. This sample language class is ideal for anyone with an interest in the culture and identity of the Himalayas.
Gender, DEI, and the Institutionalization of Patriarchy
Thursday, 11/4 | 10–11:30 AM ET | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)
Dehumanization, Demonization, and the Invention of Women in Indonesia
Academic Director Ni Wayan Ariati will compare the process of "mythological demonization" of the images of Durga, a Hindu goddess, to the "black propaganda" during the New Order Indonesia that led to destruction of the Indonesian women's movement known as Gerwani (Gerakan Wanita Indonesia).
COVID-19, Gender-Based Violence, and the Institutional Challenges of Gender Equity: Reflections from the Global South
Academic Director Nuria Pena will first engage with gender equity from the perspective of the definitions given by international institutions such as the United Nations before she analyzes some of the challenges Argentina faced in terms of increased numbers of extreme violence cases and the ways the new institutional architecture is attempting to address them.
Emerging Ethical Brands
Monday, 11/8 | 3–4 PM ET | Register Here
Kerlyne Jean-Baptiste, an International Honors Program alumna (2014), will explore emerging ethical brands and how conscious manufacturing, branding, and products can impact communities globally. Kerlyne is a social changemaker. She is CEO and founder of KerlyGirl (www.kerlygirl.com), a natural hair company that provides clean products to folks with coily textures. KerlyGirl aims to be the vanguard of the budding conscious space between beauty and health for folks of color. Featured in The Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal, Providence Business News, the company was one of Rhode Island Inno's 10 Startups to Watch in 2021.
Natural Soap Making with the Laguna Verde School in Chile
Tuesday, 11/9 | 12–1 PM ET | Register Here
The Laguna Verde School is a rural educative community in Laguna Verde, on the Pacific coast close to Valparaíso in central Chile. The school educates students through mural painting, Mapuche culture, and environmental issues. The students maintain a vegetable plot with a grange and a laboratory where they process natural products with herbs and plants obtained from the plot. Join Academic Director Roberto Villaseca and the Laguna Verde School to make soap virtually! Learn more about the ingredients needed to make soap here.
Utu: A Critical Tool in Gender and Queer Studies
Monday, 11/15 | 12–1:30 PM ET | Register Here
In this closing session, Besi Muhonja and Kwame Otu, two leading voices in Africana studies, rethink concepts of gender, sexuality, and queerness from the perspective of Utu, an Africa-centered understanding of ontology. Besi Muhonja is associate vice provost of scholarship, diversity, equity, and inclusion and professor of African-American and diaspora studies and women's, gender, and sexuality studies at James Madison University. Kwame Otu is assistant professor of The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia.