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Alum Ken Bluestone advocates for the aging in the developing world

Ken Bluestone says studying anthropology made him disillusioned with being an academic. So how did he end up getting a graduate degree?

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Reciprocity takes shape in myriad ways

Komabu Pomeyie in wheelchair, holding her award, surrounded by seven people of varying genders, ethnicities, and ages

During December, we’re focusing on reciprocity — one of the core values shared by all SIT programs. Each week, we’re highlighting stories and posts from the past year about the ways students and staff give back through projects and research on their programs, and alumni who have taken reciprocity beyond their SIT experiences to make it part of their daily lives.

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From Peace Corps to diversity scholar, her path started at SIT

Like many alumni, Deniece Dortch found her way to SIT Graduate Institute via the Peace Corps. But instead of expanding her career abroad, as she had originally intended, her SIT experience convinced Deniece that she should sharpen, advance, and use her skills in the United States.

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SIT students go back and give back

Few for Change students and family members

During December, we’re focusing on reciprocity — one of the core values shared by all SIT programs. Each week, we’re highlighting stories and posts from the past year about the ways students and staff give back through projects and research on their programs, and the alumni who have taken reciprocity…

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‘The world’s in good hands’

Friends, family, faculty, and staff gathered at School for International Training on December 14 to celebrate students’ completion of their master’s degree programs in a ceremony that capped an intense week of final capstone presentations.

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Meet Fadia Thabet: Student, activist, humanitarian

This interview was originally published on Dec. 6, 2018, by the Nobel Women’s Initiative as part of their initiative16 Days of Activism 2018. The post is reprinted here with permission. Photo courtesy of Fadia Thabet. Yemeni women take a lot of bullets from men. They take on a lot of responsibilities and…

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Breaking the Pattern: A conversation with refugee scholar Kenneth Mukonyezi

Kenneth Mukonyezi

“I realized that the hardships I faced as a child were the same challenges my parents faced,” he says. “And those were the same challenges my child was likely to face unless we broke the pattern.”

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SIT alumna receives service award for her work in disability rights

Woman sitting and smiling in the foreground while 25 people applaud behind her

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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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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Interpersonal experience is key to SIT TESOL program

A family of seven pose sitting and smiling on a stone step

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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