SIT Graduate Institute

Brattleboro, VT | Washington, DC


Open House June 9

Date: June 9, 2017

Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Location: Vermont Campus

Learn why SIT Graduate Institute is a pioneer in experiential education, with master’s degrees in International Education, TESOL, Conflict Transformation, Sustainable Development, and more. At our June 9, 2017 open house you can join small-group sessions with faculty members; chat with Admissions and Financial Aid staff, and with current students and alumni; and hear a presentation by Professor Tatsushi (Tats) Arai. Reserve your space, or contact Maira Tungatarova.

Open House Schedule – Friday, June 9, 2017




9:00 – 9:15


Rotch 205
(coffee, tea & snacks available)

9:15 – 9:30

Welcome and Introductions
Laura Andrews, Assistant Dean of Admissions

Rotch 205

9:30 – 10:10

About SIT, Degrees, and Certificates
SIT Admissions Team

Rotch 205

10:10 – 10:30

Career Services Overview
Squeak Stone, Career and Practicum Services

Rotch 205

10:30 – 10:40



10:45 – 12:15

Attend a Class
International Education/ Sustainable Development/ Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation/SLM

Classrooms around campus

12:15 – 1:15

with faculty & current students

International Center
Room 101

1:15– 2:30

Campus Tour
Led by Admissions staff & current students

Meet in International Center Lobby

2:30– 3:00

Student Affairs Overview
Steve Sweet, Assistant Dean of Students for Campus Life

Rotch 205

3:00– 3:30

Alumni Panel

Rotch 205

3:30– 4:00

with current faculty, staff, & students

El Café
(coffee, tea & snacks available)


Dialogue for Change
Tatsushi Arai, Professor, Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation

El Café


Optional tour

Downtown Brattleboro

Dr. Tatsushi (Tats) Arai is a scholar-practitioner of conflict resolution, peacebuilding, and multi-track diplomacy with 20 years of international experience. He is a professor of peacebuilding and conflict transformation at SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont and a Fellow with the Center for Peacemaking Practice at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution in Virginia. Previously, Dr. Arai taught international relations at the National University of Rwanda and worked for a Japanese development NGO in Rwanda in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide.

As a mediator, dialogue facilitator, trainer, and advisor, he has worked extensively with political leaders, diplomats, military and peacekeeping professionals, civil society and religious leaders, humanitarian support professionals, and youth leaders. During the past decade, Dr. Arai’s work has focused on Syria, Lebanon, Israel/Palestine, Nigeria, Rwanda, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Myanmar, Nepal, the Taiwan Strait, China-Japan relations, and Switzerland. International organizations to which he recently provided consultancy include UNESCO, the International Organization for Migration, and the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interreligious and International Dialogue. He also advises and partners with such civil society organizations as the Ubuntu Center for Peace in Rwanda, Afghan Peace Initiatives, Peaceful Myanmar Initiative, and Strait Talk (peacemaking across the Taiwan Strait).

Dr. Arai’s scholarship explores the links between theory, practice, and public policy. He is the author of Creativity and Conflict Resolution: Alternative Pathways to Peace (2012, London, Routledge) and co-editor and contributor to Contested Memories and Reconciliation Challenges: Japan and the Asia Pacific on the 70th Anniversary of the End of World War II (2015, Washington, DC, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars) and Clash of National Identities: China, Japan, and the East China Sea Territorial Dispute (2013, Wilson Center). Many of Dr. Arai’s other publications focus on conflict-sensitive development, intercommunal coexistence, reconciliation, post-conflict reconstruction, peace education, and the roles of culture, religion, and identity in conflict and peacemaking. For these and other contributions to peacebuilding, in 2015 he received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, where he earned his doctorate in 2005.

Dr. Arai is a Japanese citizen and currently lives in Massachusetts with his tri-national family.