SIT Study Abroad this month welcomed nine faculty and study abroad officers from throughout the United States on a site visit to Nepal. Representatives came from partner schools in Vermont (St. Michael’s College), Pennsylvania (Ursinus College), Washington, D.C. (Georgetown and George Washington universities), North Carolina (Davidson College), Florida (Rollins College), Illinois (Knox College), Colorado (Colorado College), and Washington (Whitman College).
Organized by SIT Nepal Academic Directors Suman Pant and Isabelle Onians, the six-day visit introduced participants to the SIT Study Abroad program model, with a focus on our programs on Development, Gender, and Social Change in the Himalaya and Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples.
Our guests stepped into their students’ shoes, participating in thematic seminar lectures and discussions, language learning, an NGO site visit, homestay visits, meals with students, a day-long temple and village walk in Kathmandu Valley, an alumni panel discussion, and more.
They also had an introduction to the Nepal: Geoscience in the Himalaya program by Academic Director Beth Pratt-Sitaula, who joined virtually from Denver, and to the International Honors Program Human Rights Foundations, Challenges, and Advocacy by Nepal Country Coordinator Yanik Shrestha.
SIT representatives from the U.S. included President Sophia Howlett; Brian Hammer, Academic Dean for Asia and the Pacific; Mory Pagel, Executive Director of Institutional Relations and Strategic Partnerships; and Javonni McGlaurin, University Relations Manager for the Lower Atlantic Region.