CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS

WEBINAR SERIES WITH SIT

School for International Training (SIT) programs are developed around a framework of the most Critical Global Issues of our time—challenges that transcend borders and touch every human on the planet. We have developed this framework so that the next generation of leaders has the expertise and intercultural understanding to engage all identities, perspectives, and cultures with respectful, enduring, and meaningful responses.

We are excited to announce the Spring 2021 SIT Critical Conversations Webinar Series, which builds on the series inaugurated this past fall and brings SIT’s global community back together in conversation on these important challenges. The semester-long series will once again feature our popular Perspectives from the Global South faculty lectures, as well as a variety of virtual events that will enable participants to immerse themselves in the SIT experience and hear directly from field experts and alumni. Whether you are a prospective student, an academic advisor, or a curious global citizen, we invite you to engage with our faculty, guest speakers, and alumni around the world as we confront our own assumptions and move these conversations forward.

WEBINAR SERIES AGENDA & REGISTRATION BELOW!

FEATURED SPEAKERS

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Victoria Dokken
Foreign Service Trainee, USDA
SIT Graduate Institute Alumna, 2019
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Cassidy Madden
Senior Researcher, Food Neighborhoods (INMIP Secretariat/ Asociación ANDES)
SIT Graduate Institute Alumna, 2019
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Anil Chitrakar
Senior Faculty Lecturer, SIT Nepal; Leading Social Entrepreneur

WEBINAR SERIES AGENDA & REGISTRATION

 

Get to know SIT's global alumni network! These sessions will highlight our diverse alumni from SIT Study Abroad, the International Honors Program (IHP), and SIT Graduate Institute. Bring your questions to career panel discussions, learn more about the field-based research opportunities available through SIT, and join us as our distinguished alumni share the impact of their SIT experiences and where those experiences have taken them.


 

Alumni Perspectives on the SIT Study Abroad Experience

Wednesday, 2/24 | 4-5pm EST | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)

 

Discover what life is like on SIT Study Abroad programs from those who know best—our alumni. Recent SIT alumni who studied in Switzerland, Tanzania, and Mongolia, and with the comparative IHP: Food Systems program, will share their experiences with culture shock, coursework, budgeting, homestays, and more. They will also share how their unique backgrounds and identities shaped their experiences abroad. Bring your questions! This is an open discussion that can take any direction.

 

Presenters: SIT Study Abroad Alumni | Moderator: Sarah Wiggins

 

The SIT Ripple Effect: An Advocate's Journey from Liberia to the World Bank

Wednesday, 3/10 | 3-4pm EST | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)

 

Join World Learning CEO Carol Jenkins and SIT Graduate Institute alumna and current World Learning Board Member Aicha Cooper as they discuss Cooper’s path from living through the Liberian civil war to working in international development with the World Bank, where she draws on her experience as a refugee to advocate for marginalized people worldwide. Cooper believes sharing her own story of resilience can help raise awareness of the global refugee crisis, particularly the impact of civil conflict on women and children. Cooper, who received a master’s degree in Sustainable Development, International Policy, and Management from SIT, will also discuss the impact studying with SIT had on her career and why she returned to join the organization’s Board of Trustees.

 

Presenters: Aicha Cooper, Carol Jenkins | Moderator: Nara de Sá Guimarães

 

Alumni Perspectives on the SIT Study Abroad Experience

Thursday, 3/11 | 1-2pm EST | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)

 

Discover what life is like on SIT Study Abroad programs from those who know best—our alumni. Recent SIT alumni who studied in Peru, Argentina, and the Netherlands will share their experiences with culture shock, coursework, budgeting, homestays, and more. They will also share how their unique backgrounds and identities shaped their experiences abroad. Bring your questions! This is an open discussion that can take any direction.

 

Presenters: SIT Study Abroad Alumni | Moderator: Ian Hefele

 

SIT Graduate Institute Alumni Panel – Part-Time, Hybrid Master’s Programs

Tuesday, 3/16 | 5-6pm EDT | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)

 

Are you interested in earning your master’s degree while staying in your job? This session will feature recent alumni who completed SIT Graduate Institute’s part-time, hybrid master’s degree programs. These part-time, hybrid programs are designed for working professionals who want to earn an MA and advance their careers without taking time from their job or leaving their community. Join us to get a glimpse into our alumni’s experiences, learn how they balanced their graduate studies while working, hear how it’s impacted their career trajectory, and start building your own global network.

 

Presenters: Meghan McMillan

 

Mobilizing Technology for Social Change and Community-Building: A Conversation with SIT Alumna and Tech Executive Jennifer Dulski

Wednesday, 4/7 | 1-2pm EDT | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)

 

Join us for a lively conversation with Jennifer Dulski, a technology executive and social changemaker who has held positions at Facebook, Google, Yahoo!, and Change.org. As the former President and COO of Change.org, the world's largest platform for social change, Jennifer has helped millions achieve their goal of using technology as a way of advancing their causes and making a difference in their communities. She is currently CEO and founder of Rising Team, a company that provides tools, training and community to transform managers into all-star coaches that build happier and more successful teams. Jennifer is an alumna of an SIT Study Abroad program in Brazil which explored ecology and environmental conservation.

 

Presenters: Jennifer Dulski | Moderator: Joel Colony

 

Alumni Perspectives on the SIT Study Abroad Experience

Tuesday, 4/13 | 4-5pm EDT | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)

 

Discover what life is like on SIT Study Abroad programs from those who know best—our alumni. Recent SIT alumni who studied in Peru, Tanzania, and Tunisia, and with the comparative IHP: Cities in the 21st Century program, will share their experiences with culture shock, coursework, budgeting, homestays, and more. They will also share how their unique backgrounds and identities shaped their experiences abroad. Bring your questions! This is an open discussion that can take any direction.

 

Presenters: Vanessa Doyle

 

SIT Student Research Showcase

Thursday, 4/15 | 2-3pm EDT | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)

 

This session will feature research presentations from four recent SIT alumni—two alumni from SIT Study Abroad, and two from SIT Graduate Institute. SIT undergraduate and graduate programs both feature the opportunity for independent, field-based research. Students on SIT’s immersive, undergraduate Study Abroad programs may complete a month-long research project known as the Independent Study Project and SIT Graduate Institute students complete an in-depth capstone as part of their degree. Join us to help celebrate their achievements and learn more about the different research opportunities available through SIT.

 

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SIT Graduate Institute Alumni Panel – Partner Pathways

Wednesday, 4/21 | 5-6pm EDT | Click Here to Register

 

This session will feature the experiences of recent SIT Graduate Institute alumni who attended SIT after participating in a service year or volunteer experience with one of SIT’s partner organizations, like AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps. If you are an alum or member of our partner organizations, you may be eligible to receive automatic scholarships for our master’s degree programs. Join us to get a glimpse into how our featured alumni used their service year or volunteer experience to propel their graduate studies at SIT Graduate Institute, and start building your own global network.

 

Presenters: Meghan McMillan

 

Storytelling & Social Change: An Interview with Maria Agui Carter, Award-Winning Filmmaker, Writer & Activist

Thursday, 5/6 | 1-2pm EDT | Click Here to Register

 

Join us for an interview with International Honors program alumna (1985-86) Maria Agui Carter, who is the founder of Iguana Films and a professor of Media Arts at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. The conversation will reflect on Carter’s journey growing up as an undocumented immigrant who became an influential filmmaker, writer, and professor, and will delve into her creative work and goals for storytelling that impacts social change. Carter’s recent work includes REBEL, winner of a 2014 Erik Barnouw award for best historical films in America, and the PBS series SCIGIRLS, which was nominated for a 2019 daytime Emmy. She is now shooting ALLEGED, a documentary project about Patricia Esparza, a woman who was imprisoned for the murder of her rapist by her boyfriend. In development, is her magical realist feature script SECRET LIFE OF LA MARIPOSA, a fable on immigration and climate change based on her experiences growing up.

 

Presenters: Maria Agui Carter | Moderator: Katy de la Garza

 

From adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic, to grappling with the legacies of colonization, privilege, and power within study abroad—the field of international education is ever-evolving. Broaden your knowledge of contemporary issues in international education and join us for sessions that will explore skill-building for social justice, methods for decolonizing study abroad, and the latest approaches to student health, safety, and well-being.


 

International Careers in Social Justice

Tuesday, 4/6 | 12pm-1pm EDT | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)

 

Do you dream of using your career to advance a more equitable, just world? Learn how your master’s degree can give you the foundation to be the change you want to see. In this session, three SIT Graduate Institute professors will share various disciplinary approaches to working for change and justice. Whether your interests lie with race, socio-economics, immigration, community organizing, peacebuilding, training, mediation, education, or another area of work, you will become familiar with the social-change skills and knowledge that you can develop through graduate studies with SIT.

 

 

To Go or Not to Go: Study Abroad During the COVID-19 Era

Friday, 4/9 | 12pm-1pm EDT | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)

 

What does it take to run a study abroad program amid the COVID-19 pandemic? Join SIT for an invigorating discussion on the many factors that go into facilitating study abroad today, and get an exclusive peek at the tools SIT staff use when deciding whether to run a program. SIT leadership will draw from the organization’s experience this past year to explore the go-no-go decision making process; how they ensure students, staff, and local communities stay safe when running programs; what’s needed to adhere to country-specific curfews and navigate limited group mobility; and the implications of quarantines and mask mandates. The session will also reflect on opportunities for reciprocity and giving back to host communities in these challenging times.

 

Presenters: Michael Zoll, Ian O'Brien | Moderator: Craig McDonald

 

Identity, Privilege, and Power: Activities for Decolonizing Study Abroad

Monday, 4/26 | 2-3:30pm EDT | Registration at capacity - click here to sign up for waitlist

 

Join the SIT Custom Programs team for this interactive, 90-minute skill-building session focused on identity, privilege, and power. Together we will investigate the practical activities that can be integrated into short-term and faculty-led programming to help students—and ourselves—think critically about issues of positionality while studying abroad. You will walk away with experience using activities that can help your students move towards achieving a decolonial mindset. Participation will be capped at 16 participants to ensure intentional engagement, with priority given to study abroad professionals and faculty who work on faculty-led programming.

 

 

Sample the global SIT experience from the comfort of your home! Take a salsa dancing class with SIT in Panama or learn how to cook a traditional meal with an SIT homestay family in Jordan. Try out an introductory language course in Quechua or Arabic and meet our Academic Directors and faculty on-site in Nepal, Cameroon, South Africa, the Netherlands, Iceland, and Ghana.


 

SIT Virtual Open House | Nepal: Geoscience in the Himalaya

Tuesday, 2/23 | 12-1pm EDT | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)

 

Please join Academic Director Beth Pratt-Sitaula, PhD as she provides an overview of the Nepal: Geoscience in the Himalaya immersive summer program. The session will conclude with an open Q&A session—bring your questions!

 

Presenters: Beth Pratt-Sitaula | Moderator: Shun Yanagishita

 

Cook "Upside Down" with SIT Jordan

Thursday, 2/25 | 1-2:30pm EDT | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)

 

Immerse yourself in Jordanian culture by cooking the traditional, family dish Maqlobeh (literally, “upside down”) with the help of SIT Jordan Academic Director Raed Al-Tabini, PhD and a local SIT homestay mother. Learn more about the ingredients and cooking utensils needed to cook the dish together virtually.

 

Presenters: Raed Al-Tabini | Moderator: Amanda Staton

 

SIT Virtual Open House – Cameroon: Development and Social Change

Tuesday, 3/9 | 1-2pm EDT | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)

 

Please join Academic Director Christiane Magnido, MA as she provides an overview of the Cameroon: Development and Social Change immersive semester program and the learning center in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Christiane will also briefly describe the Cameroon: Virtual Internship in Women’s Rights & Resilience in Conflict Situations program. The session will conclude with an open Q&A session—bring your questions!

 

Presenters: Christiane Magnido | Moderator: Shun Yanagishita

 

SIT Language Sampler – Arabic: The Language of the Middle East & North Africa

Wednesday, 3/17 | 2-3pm EDT | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)

 

Salamo Alaykom! Join SIT's accomplished Arabic language teacher in Amman, Jordan for an interactive, online Arabic class. There’s no previous experience needed for this beginner-level session, which is designed to showcase the tools SIT uses to deliver high-quality language education around the world. With more than 422 million speakers across 26 countries, Arabic is the most widely spoken language in North Africa and the Middle East. Importantly, as the liturgical language of the worldwide Islamic faith and the sixth most widely-spoken language on Earth, Arabic has also made a linguistic impact on other languages across Africa and Europe, especially on several Romance languages. This session is ideal for anyone with an interest in Islamic culture and identity, Arabic studies, and the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern region.

 

Presenters: Riham Al-Naimat | Moderator: Craig McDonald

 

The IHP Comparative Lens: Academics, Community & Experience

Thursday, 3/18 | 1-2pm EDT | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)

 

Beyond SIT’s traditional Study Abroad programs, the SIT portfolio also features the International Honors Program (IHP), which offers students the opportunity to compare and contrast a critical issue in multiple countries. Please join us for an in-depth look at these unique, comparative programs.

This session will pay special attention to academic rigor, the learning community, and on-site comparative study, and participants will hear directly from SIT’s IHP Program Directors and Country Coordinators.

 

 

SIT Virtual Internship in South Africa- a conversation with the internship coordinator, host, and alumni

Wednesday, 3/24 | 12-1pm EDT | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)

 

Please join us to learn more about SIT’s virtual internships. We’ll provide an overview of how our virtual internships work and will be highlighting our South Africa: Virtual Internship in Diplomacy, Conflict Resolution, International Relations program. The session will feature a conversation with our SIT internship coordinator, internship host supervisor, and an alum from the fall 2020 South Africa program.

 

Presenters: Nonceba Lushaba, Internship Supervisor, Alumna | Moderator: Katy de la Garza

 

Come Dance with Us – Salsa Lesson with SIT Panama

Thursday, 3/25 | 8-9pm EDT | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021) | View mini lecture on culture of Salsa and Panama

 

Step into the world of salsa dancing with a brief overview from Aly Dagang, Program Director of SIT Panama and Program Chair of SIT Master of Arts in Sustainable Development, which will contextualize the role of salsa within Latin American culture. Then, be ready to dance with us as we receive live instruction on different Salsa dancing techniques.

 

Presenters: Alyson Dagang | Moderator: Amanda Staton

 

SIT Virtual Open House – Netherlands: International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender

Tuesday, 3/30 | 12-1pm EDT | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)

 

Please join Academic Director Jana Byars, PhD as she provides an overview of the Netherlands: International Perspective on Sexuality and Gender immersive semester program and the learning center in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Jana will also briefly describe the Netherlands: Virtual Internship in Sexuality, Gender & Nongovernment-Organizations program. The session will conclude with an open Q&A session—bring your questions!

 

Presenters: Jana Byars | Moderator: Shun Yanagishita

 

The Healthy Body, Mind, and Spirit – Practice Yoga with SIT India

Tuesday, 4/6 | 11am-12pm EDT | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)

 

This session explores the history and holistic health and well-being benefits of yoga practice, a 5,000-year-old tradition of healing, mindfulness, and inner balance. SIT India: Public Health, Gender, and Community Action and SIT India: Traditional Medicine and Healthcare Practices faculty members Dr. Azim Khan and Dr. Ashutosh Guleri will share their expertise on yoga as a health and well-being practice and then guide participants through a 30-minute yoga session. Come with your mind, body, and spirit ready to move!

 

Presenters: Azim Khan, Ashutosh Guleri | Moderator: Julie Falk

 

SIT Virtual Open House – Iceland: Climate Change and the Arctic

Tuesday, 4/20 | 12-1pm EDT | Click Here to Register

 

Please join Academic Director Daniel Govoni, PhD as he provides an overview of the Iceland: Climate Change and the Arctic immersive semester program and the learning center in Ísafjörður, Iceland. Current students will also share their experiences in Iceland. The session will conclude with an open Q&A session—bring your questions!

 

Presenters: Daniel Govoni | Moderator: Julie Falk

 

SIT Virtual Open House – Global Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Relations

Tuesday, 5/4 | 12-1pm EDT | Click Here to Register

 

Please join Program Chair Bruce Dayton, PhD and Associate Chair Imraan Buccus, PhD as they provide an overview of the full-time, global SIT Graduate Institute Global Master of Arts in Diplomacy & International Relations program. Current students will also share their experiences from South Africa. The session will conclude with an open Q&A session—bring your questions!

 

Presenters: Bruce Dayton, Imraan Buccus | Moderator: Julie Falk

 

SIT Language Sampler: Learn QUECHUA - The Language of the Andes

Wednesday, 5/5 | 1-2pm EDT | Click Here to Register

 

Imaynallam kasanki! Join SIT's accomplished Quechua language teacher in Cuzco, Peru for an interactive, online Quechua class. There’s no previous experience needed for this beginner-level session, which is designed to showcase the tools SIT uses to deliver high-quality language education around the world. Native to the Andes mountain region of South America, Quechua is the most widely-spoken indigenous language in the Americas with more than 13 million speakers across Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, northwest Argentina, and southern Colombia, along with Quechua-speaking immigrant communities in the United States. Students of Quechua not only learn a practical communication skill, they also gain insight into the unique native Andean world view. This session is ideal for anyone with an interest in Latin America, the Andes, and indigenous American culture and identity.

 

Presenters: Jossie Coacalla Juares | Moderator: Craig McDonald

 

SIT Virtual Open House – Ghana: Globalization, Cultural Legacies & the Afro-Chic

Tuesday, 5/18 | 12-1pm EDT | Click Here to Register

 

Please join Academic Director Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang, PhD as he provides an overview of the Ghana: Globalization, Cultural Legacies & the Afro-Chic immersive semester program and the learning center in Accra, Ghana. The session will conclude with an open Q&A session—bring your questions!

 

Presenters: Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang | Moderator: Julie Falk

 

Join SIT faculty and partners as they investigate the limits of Western modernity and reimagine the global matrix of power. Centering expertise from the Global South, the faculty lectures featured this spring will examine the current crisis of democracy and the pervasiveness of coloniality; celebrate the impact of Global South women scientists within environmental management and conservation; analyze the critical interaction between water and geopolitics; explore indigenous constructions of power and social organization; outline alternative approaches to health and education, and parse apart the entangled relationship of spirituality and ecological awareness.


 

Decoloniality and the Future of Democracy

Wednesday, 2/17 | 12-1:30pm EDT | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)

 

PDF icon Coloniality and globalization: a decolonial take
PDF icon The Logic of the In-Visible: Decolonial Reflections on the Change of Epoch

 

In this conversation, the critical scholar Dr. Taieb Belghazi of SIT and the leading decolonial theorist Dr. Walter Mignolo of Duke University will engage with postcolonialism and decolonial thought and provide a critical reading of major decolonial concepts such as Modernity/Coloniality, the Colonial Matrix of Power, Delinking, Gnoseology, and Aesthesis. From these introductory philosophical reflections, they will then revisit the concept of globalization and offer a decolonial reading of current events, namely, COVID-19, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the crisis of democracy.

 

Presenters: Taeib Belghazi, Walter Mignolo | Moderator: Said Graiouid

 

Gender Politics and Global South Women's Engagement in Science

Monday, 3/8 | 12-1:30pm EST | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)

 

This panel celebrates women’s engagement in science with a strong focus on the presence and impact of women scientists in Antarctica, Tanzania, and Portugal. Panelists will discuss the challenges and barriers of patriarchy in the production of knowledge, revisit advances in gender and labor rights in the discipline, and investigate the unique perspectives brought by women in science, in particular in the fields of biology, environmental science, wildlife management, and conservation.

 

 

The Geopolitics of Water as Lived in the Global South

Monday, 3/22 | 12-1:30pm EDT | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)

 

This session dives into one of the most important issues of the 21st century: the geopolitics of water. Panelists will discuss the role water, “the next oil,” and hydro-diplomacy play in shaping the current international order, while investigating how engineering, environmental design, and government intervention affect the lives, sustainability, and economic futures of the Global South with a strong focus on the Middle East and Africa.

 

 

Rethinking the Good Life: A Global South Perspective on Health and Well-being

Wednesday, 4/7 | 11am-12pm EDT | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)

 

This panel engages with the symptomatic treatment of diseases from the perspective of a 5000-year tradition of health and healing: AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy). Panelists will explore the ways these Eastern medical traditions can, through a more holistic understanding of the human being and a less materialistic conception of the good life, help create the conditions to promote good health and longevity in tandem with modern medical traditions.

 

Presenters: Azim Khan, Tayla Moore | Moderator: Lindsay Parise

 

New Frontiers of Higher Education: From Gender Leadership to Digital Humanities

Monday, 4/19 | 11am-12pm EDT | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)

 

This session engages with new frontiers in higher education, with a focus on the digital transformation of international education and gender parity within its leadership. The panelists will explore the potential of digital technologies to transform lives, social organization, and educational structures, as well as the degree to which women professionals within the field of international education have achieved senior positions and their experiences along the way. The panel will also explore how the transforming field of international education offers hope for rising professionals who have been oft-marginalized within other areas of responsibility and leadership in the U.S.

 

 

Himalayan Spirituality, Economics, and the Environment

Monday, 5/3 | 11am-12pm EDT | Click Here to Register

 

This panel explores the relation between spirituality, economics, and the environment within the Himalayan context, where militarized borders have helped create a culture of economic dependence that has turned people and places into "begging bowls." In particular, this session will examine the impact of the regulation of access to sacred sites on local economic activity. Today, many initiatives leverage the spiritual value of sacred Himalayan landscapes to tackle the economic challenges facing people in this region.

 

Presenters: Isabelle Onians, Anil Chitrakar | Moderator: Nat Quansah

 

Endogenous Models of Democracy: The Experience of Indigenous Peoples in Peru and Chile

Monday, 5/10 | 11am-12pm EDT | Click Here to Register

 

This panel explores how modern-day indigenous communities in Latin America have mobilized, asserted their presence, and influenced their countries' political discourse and agendas in ways that were unimaginable just a few decades ago. Using Peru and Chile as case studies, the panelists will reflect on the current socio-political conditions of disenfranchised indigenous populations and assess their roles as political actors in the region.

 

Presenters: Victor Tricot, Alex Alvarez | Moderator: Ary Wayan

 

Meet SIT’s Admissions Counselors, explore your options for studying abroad with SIT, and let our team answer any questions you have about programs and the admissions process. We have also crafted several sessions targeting the most commonly asked questions we receive, including studying abroad as a STEM student, choosing to conduct an Independent Study Project or complete an internship, available scholarships, and how student backgrounds and identities shape experiences abroad.


 

Identity & Navigating Study Abroad

Thursday, 2/18 | 3-3:45pm EDT | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)

 

The facets of your identity—such as race, gender, class, sexuality, and more—inform your lens and how you view the world, and these facets will also come into play during your semester abroad. During this session we will discuss important considerations and questions regarding identity and study abroad. The session will also include general information about the SIT application process and time for questions.

 

Presenters: Ian Hefele

 

Study STEM Abroad

Monday, 3/15 | 3-3:45pm EDT | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)

 

SIT offers a wealth of program options focused on STEM topics from ecology, biodiversity, and conservation, to engineering and global health. Learn more about program options and things to consider if you are a STEM student interested in studying abroad with SIT. The session will also include general information about the SIT application process and time for questions.

 

Presenters: Andrea Asai

 

Independent Study Project vs. Internship

Thursday, 4/8 | 2-2:45pm EDT | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)

 

In addition to traditional academic coursework, many of SIT’s immersive semester programs offer students the opportunity to either complete an Independent Study Project or an internship. Join us as we walk you through the Independent Study Project, internship option, and factors to consider. The session will also include general information about the SIT application process and time for questions.

 

Presenters: Zachary Coeman

 

Identity & Navigating Study Abroad

Wednesday, 4/28 | 1-2pm EDT | Click Here to Register

 

The facets of your identity—such as race, gender, class, sexuality, and more—inform your lens and how you view the world, and these facets will also come into play during your semester abroad. During this session we will discuss important considerations and questions regarding identity and study abroad.

 

 

Scholarships and Budgeting Study Abroad

Monday, 5/10 | 2-2:45pm EDT | Click Here to Register

 

Learn about applying for an SIT scholarship and budgeting for study abroad. The session will also include general information about the SIT application process and time for questions.

 

 

SIT Graduate Institute degrees are designed for a wide range of students who have one goal in common: to become collaborative, globally minded professionals. During these sessions, our Graduate Institute Admissions Officers will discuss SIT’s full-time, global and part-time, hybrid master’s programs, as well as our EdD and certificate options. The sessions are organized thematically, and we invite you to join as many program sessions as you like to narrow down what interests you! The sessions will also go over the application process, capstone project, scholarships and financial aid, and more—learn how an SIT degree can help you advance your career and make the most of this moment.


 

Peace & Justice - MA and Certificate Programs

Thursday, 2/18 | 12-1pm EDT | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)

 

Are you interested in exploring how changemakers manage conflict constructively, balance reconciliation and justice, and support post-conflict remembrance and healing? Learn more about SIT Graduate Institute’s part-time, hybrid MA in Peace & Justice Leadership and our Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT) Peacebuilding Workshop. Equip yourself with the skills to design and lead interventions to transform conflict and build more just systems. This event is designed for prospective students seeking in-depth information about these innovative programs.

 

 

Development & Leadership - MA Programs

Tuesday, 3/2 | 10:30-11:30am EST | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)

 

Do you want to advance your leadership capacity and management skills to lead sustainability initiatives, drive real change, and help societies, communities, and ecosystems thrive? Learn more about SIT Graduate Institute’s part-time, hybrid MA in Sustainable Development, MA in Global Leadership & Social Innovation, and MA in Humanitarian Assistance & Crisis Management programs. This event is designed for prospective students seeking in-depth information about these innovative programs.

 

 

Education & Social Change - MA & Certificate Programs

Thursday, 3/11 | 4-5pm EST | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)

 

Unequal access to quality education inhibits the potential of millions of people worldwide. Learn more about SIT Graduate Institute’s part-time, hybrid MA in International Education and part-time, hybrid MA in TESOL, as well as our Graduate Certificate in International Education. Learn to lead education programs and develop the teaching skills and professional expertise needed to advance your career in English language education without leaving your job. This event is designed for prospective students seeking in-depth information about these innovative programs.

 

 

Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management - MA Program

Tuesday, 3/23 | 12-1pm EDT | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)

 

Learn more about SIT Graduate Institute’s part-time, hybrid MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management. Create a customized, interdisciplinary program of study to build the leadership and other professional skills needed to meet your personal career goals and amplify your impact. This event is designed for prospective students seeking in-depth information about this innovative program.

 

 

Global Health & Well-being - MA Programs

Wednesday, 3/31 | 10:30-11:30am EDT | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)

 

Healthcare science and health systems worldwide are adapting, expanding, or straining to address the complex and varying needs of vulnerable and underserved populations. Learn more about SIT Graduate Institute’s full-time, global MA in Global Health and full-time, global MA in Humanitarian Assistance & Crisis Management. Prepare yourself to address the critical global issues facing healthcare professionals and gain the skills needed to respond to humanitarian crises around the world. This event is designed for prospective students seeking in-depth information about these innovative programs.

 

 

Geopolitics & Power - MA Programs

Thursday, 4/8 | 4-5pm EDT | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)

 

Power shifts and power plays challenge outmoded geopolitical models that are failing to ensure global security and stability. Prepare for a career in international, regional, and global affairs or diplomacy and learn how to meet the challenges facing international educators as we address some of the most critical issues facing the planet. Learn more about SIT Graduate Institute’s full-time, global MA in Diplomacy & International Relations and full-time, global MA in International Education programs. This event is designed for prospective students seeking in-depth information about these innovative programs.

 

 

Development & Sustainability - MA Programs

Wednesday, 4/14 | 12-1pm EDT | View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)

 

Do you want to make a difference in sustainability, ecological conservation, and community livelihoods? Learn more about SIT Graduate Institute’s full-time, global MA in Climate Change & Global Sustainability and full-time, global MA in Development Practice programs. Gain the professional knowledge and hands-on experience needed to effectively confront climate change and learn how to integrate policy, scholarship, ethics, and participatory practice to achieve a more sustainable future. This event is designed for prospective students seeking in-depth information about these innovative programs.

 

 

SIT Graduate Institute Admissions - EdD in Global Education

Wednesday, 5/6 | 10:30-11:30am EDT | Click Here to Register

 

SIT Graduate Institute proudly offers a ground-breaking EdD in Global Education, SIT’s first doctorate and the first degree of its kind in the U.S. Learn more about our part-time, hybrid EdD and hear how you can accelerate your career by building the interdisciplinary expertise and skills to address critical issues in global education. This event is designed for prospective students seeking in-depth information about this innovative program.

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

With over 40 webinars offered this spring, it may seem difficult to choose which events to attend. While we welcome you to join any and all sessions that spark your interest, we have some recommendations to get you started.

 

Are you a current or future college student interested in learning more about SIT Study Abroad? We recommend attending our Alumni Voices webinars to hear what life is like on an SIT program and where your program experience can take you. Looking to sample the SIT experience directly? Meet our Academic Directors and get a taste of the academic and cultural activities you’ll take part in on your program through our Experience SIT sessions. Feeling inspired to apply, but not sure what’s next? Attend an SIT Study Abroad Information Session and let our admissions counselors answer your questions.


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Whether you are considering pursuing a graduate degree to study climate change or peacebuilding, global health or TESOL, we encourage you to attend our SIT Graduate Institute Information Sessions, which provide details on our graduate program offerings, unique program models, the admissions process, and more. Explore how an SIT graduate degree can advance your career through the Alumni Voices sessions, and dive even deeper with the Perspectives from the Global South faculty lectures, which showcase SIT’s academic leadership on topics from decoloniality and the future of democracy, to the geopolitics of water.

 

Whether you’re newly acquainted with our institution or you’ve worked with us for a long time, our Experience SIT sessions will help you best advise your students on the various opportunities available through SIT, and our Alumni Voices sessions will provide further insights into the SIT experience. We also invite you to join us for an invigorating discussion on study abroad during the COVID-19 era and other Contemporary Issues in International Education, and to observe SIT’s in-house expertise through the Perspectives from the Global South faculty lectures.

 

We encourage university professors, lecturers, or teachers of any grade level, to engage with our collaborative Perspectives from the Global South faculty lectures, which feature SIT professors and practitioners, as well as our institutional partners. We hope these presentations will pique your academic interests and inspire you to draw connections to your own research. We also welcome you to explore Contemporary Issues in International Education and invite you to take part in a workshop on identity, privilege, and power in study abroad.

 

We welcome all members of our alumni community to step back into your international experience through the Experience SIT sessions and Perspectives from the Global South faculty lectures. Or, explore how current events are changing study abroad today through Contemporary Issues in International Education. We hope these conversations will inspire you to reflect on the way your studies with SIT still impact you today. We also hope that you’ll stay connected with SIT into the future as a member of our global alumni network.

 

We welcome anyone from any part of the world with an interest in the work of SIT and World Learning Inc. to participate in any webinars offered during this series. We hope that these sessions will leave you feeling more informed about and connected to the Critical Global Issues we face today.

OUR SPEAKERS

Abid Siraj
Country Coordinator - India, SIT
Alex Alvarez
Academic Director & Country Coordinator - Peru, SIT
Aly Dagang
Academic Director & Program Chair - Panama, SIT
Anil Chitrakar
Senior Teaching Faculty - Nepal, SIT
Ary Wayan
Academic Director - Indonesia, SIT
Ashutosh Sharma Guleri
Faculty Lecturer - India, SIT
Azim Khan
Academic Director & Faculty - India, SIT
Beth Pratt-Sitaula
Academic Director - Nepal, SIT
Bruce Dayton
Executive Director, Associate Professor & Chair, SIT
Camille George
Associate Dean of Engineering, University of St. Thomas
Carol Jenkins
President & CEO, World Learning
Carolina Rovetta
Country Coordinator - Argentina, SIT
Cátia Magro, PhD
Faculdade de Ciencias e Tecnologia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Cheikh Thiam
Academic Dean, SIT
Christiane Magnido
Academic Director & Affiliated Faculty - Cameroon, SIT
Daniel Govoni
Academic Director - Iceland, SIT
Ian O’Brien
Director of Safety & Security, SIT
Imraan Buccus
Academic Director, Associate Chair & Assistant Professor - South Africa, SIT
Isabelle Onians
Academic Director- Nepal, SIT
Jana Byars
Academic Director - Netherlands, SIT
Joseph Lanning
Program Director, SIT
Jossie Coacalla Juares
Language Instructor - Peru, SIT
Katy de la Garza
Academic Dean, SIT
Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang
Academic Director - Ghana, SIT
María Gowland
Academic Director - Argentina, SIT
Michael Zoll
Dean of Student Health, Safety & Wellbeing, SIT
Nat Quansah
Academic Director - Madagascar, SIT
Nicholas Eppel
Country Coordinator - South Africa, SIT
Nicolas Stahelin
Program Director - IHP Climate Change, SIT
Nicole van Heerden
Country Coordinator - South Africa, SIT
Nonceba Lushaba
Academic Coordinator - South Africa, SIT
Oliver Nyakunga
Academic Director - Tanzania, SIT
Pape Ndiouga Ndiaye
Communication and Knowledge Management - Senegal, SIT
Raed al-Tabini
Academic Director - Jordan, SIT
Riham Al-Naimat
Academic Coordinator & Language Instructor - Jordan, SIT
Said Graiouid
Dean of Faculty, SIT
Sophia Howlett
President, SIT
Sora Friedman
Professor & Chair, SIT
Taieb Belghazi
Academic Director - Morocco, SIT
Tayla Moore
SIT Alum & Fulbright Scholar in India
Thanh Duong
Academic Director & Co-Chair - Vietnam, SIT
Victor Tricot
Academic Director & Co-Chair - Spain, SIT
Walter Mignolo
Professor, Duke University