Author: James Heflin

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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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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Ready for Liftoff: The “launch phase” of SIT’s multi-country IHP programs

a smiling young male student sits at a table with three female students, listening to a presentation

A small group of students sat beneath the trees in Zuccotti Park, the spot where Occupy Wall Street activists set up camp in 2011 to decry economic inequality. There are food carts all around, sidewalks swarming, and the park is an island of shady tranquility amid the bustle. The 31…

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Philosophy into Action: Switzerland alumna Sarah Mosley’s professional journey begins with SIT

young woman smiling and showing her muscles in front of distant mountains in Switzerland

For SIT Switzerland alumna Sarah Mosley, a semester abroad became a chance to develop professionally in the competitive world of global economics. Sarah studied with SIT’s Banking, Finance and Social Responsibility program in spring 2017, then stayed in Geneva, where she had landed a six-month position as an analyst for…

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The 100-Year View: Nicholas Porter wants to help transform the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Father Nicholas Porter smiling on his front porch

Nicholas Porter is an Episcopal priest, but his perspective is broader than one Christian denomination, or even Christianity as a whole. His chief mission is to aid peace efforts in the region where three of the world’s major religions co-exist. Nick attended the SIT Conflict Transformation program in 2013 and…

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Cameroon alumna returns to welcoming surroundings

SIT alumna Sasha Lansky hiking in Cameroon

As an intern for the U.S. embassy in Cameroon this summer, when Sasha Lansky heard about a particularly interesting part of Yaoundé, the large capital city, she went out to see it. Embassy staff members seemed puzzled by the young intern’s boldness. But Sasha had been to Cameroon in 2012,…

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Changemakers: from Ohio to Armenia with Peace Corps recruiter Adam Housh

SIT alumnus and Peace Corps recruiter Adam Housh in black and white, displaying his tattooed forearm

For Adam Housh, the road to New England wound through Siberia and Armenia. Now his mission is to set others on a global path. Housh’s journey started in Dayton, Ohio, where he was born and raised. Attending Ohio State University, he knew that he wanted to go into international relations…

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Three Zimbabwe delegates discover a common thread: SIT

SIT alumni Todd Moss, Michelle Gavin, and Alex Noyes in rural Zimbabwe

When three foreign policy experts met up this summer on an excursion to Zimbabwe, they discovered an unusual fact. Their careers all sprang from the same place: SIT Study Abroad. Todd Moss is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, a Washington, DC, think tank that addresses global…

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How does your garden grow?

SIT went even greener this year with the installation of a solar panel array on its Vermont campus. The project was funded by $100,000 in grants from Windham Regional Commission’s renewable energy grant program enabled by Vermont’s Clean Energy Development Fund. The solar project, undertaken in partnership with Putney, Vt.-based…

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