Year: 2018

IHP staff co-author piece on diversity and learning communities

Readers of the fall 2018 issue of Global Impact Exchange, the publication of Diversity Abroad, will find in its pages a co-authored work by several SIT International Honors Program (IHP) staff. In “Humanizing High Impact Practices: Leveraging Learning Communities,” Joseph Lanning, program Director of IHP: Rethinking Food Security; Sherrilynn Colby-Bottel,…

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SIT alumna to receive service award for her work in disability rights

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At the age of eight years old, Sefakor Komabu Pomeyie contracted polio, a disease that left her with restricted mobility. She remembers having to crawl on the ground to enter her school in Ghana because it didn’t have ramps for wheelchairs. Instead of being deterred from going to school, she knew education would make her stronger.

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New IHP dean sees academia as a way to make positive change

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“I never expected to be an academic,” says Katy de la Garza, the new associate dean for SIT’s International Honors Programs.

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Ploughshares: Pastor and SIT alum Scott Couper’s African journey

Listen to Scott Couper’s tales of his voyage from student days to career, and you feel more like you’re talking to an adventurer than to the pastor of a small-town Vermont Congregational church. Maybe it’s the lack of a suit and tie, or the upwellings of restlessness in his mostly…

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The Amandla Project: An SIT alum helps students with disabilities intern abroad

Alex Stone in his wheelchair in front of a railing on a high cliff beside the ocean in South Africa with service dog Fraser beside him

Alex Stone went abroad as a Seattle University undergrad, pursuing an internship in South Africa in 2011. It’s a common enough story, but his trip worked a little differently — he had a constant companion, a service dog named Fraser.

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SIT alumna publishes book on illegal wildlife trade

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Poached takes readers across a dozen countries, introducing them to the people who engage in illegal wildlife trade — a multi-billion-dollar contraband industry, ranked just behind drug trade, arms dealing, and human trafficking — as well as to those fighting to stop the killing and trafficking of animals.

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What migrants teach us about ourselves

The entry to Mexico of thousands of Central American migrants is being met with worrisome hate speech and xenophobia that is being heard and read in Mexico and the United States.

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Interpersonal experience is key to SIT TESOL program

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Although the face-to-face portion of the TESOL program on campus at SIT Graduate Institute is relatively brief — just about three weeks each year for two years — that time together is of outsize importance.

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Tunisia program showcases democracy in the making

A white building in Sidi Bou Said, with the ocean behind it

The SIT Tunisia center in the picturesque village of Sidi Bou Said is a bustling place.

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New book documents benefits of study abroad

Dr. Alvino E. Fantini, professor emeritus at SIT Graduate Institute, has published an important work related to educational exchange and study abroad. Intercultural Communicative Competence in Educational Exchange: A Multinational Perspective (Routledge, 2018) includes two research projects that explore the nature of intercultural communicative competence (ICC), its development during intercultural…

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