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Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff

Meet Our Faculty

classroomSIT Graduate Institute faculty practice what they teach.

With expertise in conflict transformation, international development, English and foreign language learning, international education, social justice, management, and human rights, faculty at SIT Graduate Institute come together at an institution that bridges practice and theory.

SIT faculty have worked across the world as consultants, trainers, and developers in the business, nonprofit, education, and public sectors. They are the founders and directors of NGOs and have consulted on projects for the US State Department, NGOs, and other public- and private-sector organizations and agencies. Many SIT faculty are returned Peace Corps volunteers. They have published research on a diversity of topics ranging from sustainable industrial development to brain-friendly learning and the role of technology in language teaching.

SIT faculty, affiliated faculty, and practitioners-in-residence from across the World Learning network provide valuable resources and professional connections for SIT students in the areas of language teaching, international education, international exchange, and development.

Donald Steinberg
Donald Steinberg

President and CEO

Donald K. Steinberg became the president and CEO of World Learning on July 1, 2013. He has brought to World Learning more than 30 years of experience with government and nongovernmental organizations and expertise in the fields of international relations and development. Prior to World Learning, he served as deputy administrator at the US Agency for International Development where he focused on areas including the Middle East and Africa, organizational reforms, and enhancing dialogue with development partners.

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John Lucas
John Lucas

Senior Vice President for Academic Programs and Chief Academic Officer

John Lucas brings nearly two decades of international education experience to his position as senior vice president for academic programs at World Learning. An alumnus of SIT Graduate Institute, Lucas serves as the chief academic officer for World Learning's graduate programs, SIT Study Abroad, and The Experiment in International Living, overseeing programs in more than 50 countries.

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Preeti Shroff-Mehta
Preeti Shroff-Mehta

Dean, SIT Graduate Institute, Washington, DC Center

Dr. Shroff-Mehta has over 25 years’ leadership, management, and teaching experience in the field of democratic governance, civil society strengthening, and institutional capacity development. She has taught graduate courses in citizen leadership, policy advocacy, and good governance at World Learning’s SIT Graduate Institute  and at the School for International and Advanced Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins.

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Daniel Yalowitz
Daniel Yalowitz

Dean, SIT Graduate Institute, Vermont Campus

Dr. Daniel Cantor Yalowitz has been a community builder and activist locally and professionally for nearly three decades. He has served as a faculty member and administrator in both baccalaureate and graduate institutions in New England. 

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Amy Jersild
Amy Jersild

Faculty
Sustainable Development: International Policy and Management

Amy Jersild has over 15 years of professional experience in the field of international development as a manager, technical advisor, and evaluator specializing in migration issues, capacity building, and institutional capacity development, advocacy, and M&E

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Tatsushi Arai
Tatsushi Arai

Associate Professor
Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation

Dr. Tatsushi (Tats) Arai is a scholar-practitioner of conflict resolution, sustainable development, and cross-cultural communication with seventeen years of international experience. Currently, he is an associate professor of peacebuilding and conflict transformation at SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont and a fellow of the Center for Peacemaking Practice, the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University in Virginia.

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Kanthie Athukorala
Kanthie Athukorala

Assistant Professor
Sustainable Development

Kanthie Athukorala holds a doctorate in international education. A member of SIT Graduate Institute's faculty since 2000, she teaches courses in research methods, theory and practice of sustainable development, and assessment and evaluation. 

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Susan Barduhn
Susan Barduhn

Professor and Chair
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (On Campus)
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Low Residency)

Susan Barduhn holds a doctorate in English language teaching. In 2003, she joined SIT Graduate Institute, where she has directed the summer MA in TESOL program and now directs the low-residency MA in TESOL program, teaches in the MA in TESOL program, and supervises student teachers all over the world. 

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Karen Stromgren Blanchard
Karen Stromgren Blanchard

Associate Professor and Chair
Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

A member of SIT Graduate Institute's faculty since 1988, Karen Blanchard developed and taught the Institute’s first course in conflict transformation. She also has directed a training program for Southeast Asian development professionals in the US and in Southeast Asia, and has been an academic director in Nepal. 

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Charles Curry-Smithson
Charles Curry-Smithson

Professor
Sustainable Development

Charles Curry-Smithson holds a doctorate in human and organizational systems as well as four master's degrees in organizational development, sociology, religious education, and theology. A member of SIT Graduate Institute's faculty since 1989, Charlie teaches courses in social change, policy advocacy, leadership and organizations, program planning and project design, and monitoring and evaluation.

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Sora Friedman
Sora Friedman

Associate Professor and Chair
International Education

Sora Friedman has worked in the field of international education since 1980, focusing on the administration of adult exchanges in public diplomacy, international training programs, high school exchanges, and international policy advocacy. She joined SIT Graduate Institute's faculty in 2005 and was an adjunct faculty member for three years before that. Sora holds a doctorate in cultural studies as well as a master’s degree in international administration and a certificate in distance education.

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Linda Drake Gobbo
Linda Drake Gobbo

Professor
International Education

A former dean of SIT Graduate Institute and member of the faculty since 1984, Linda Drake Gobbo teaches courses and advises students in international education and management in both the online and face-to-face programs. She has travelled as faculty with SIT Graduate Institute programs, and has also provided administrative support from the home campus to various SIT Study Abroad programs in such areas as crisis management, health, student development, and professional staff support.

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Paula Green
Paula Green

Professor
Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation
Program Director, CONTACT

Paula Green is a professor of conflict transformation at SIT Graduate Institute, and the founder-director of Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT), a graduate certificate program of the SIT Summer Peacebuilding Institute held annually for peacemakers from around the world.

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Teresa Healy
Teresa Healy

Associate Professor
Sustainable Development

Teresa Healy earned her doctorate in political science from Carleton University in Ottawa. Her work focuses on social movements’ struggles for equity and community-based sustainability in times of economic crisis.

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Steven Iams
Steven Iams

Assistant Professor
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Steve Iams is originally from Columbus, Ohio, and has spent the past several years at Ohio State University as a PhD student in foreign, second, and multi­lingual language education. 

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Nikoi Kote-Nikoi
Nikoi Kote-Nikoi

Professor
Sustainable Development

Nikoi Kote-Nikoi, who holds a doctorate in economics, has been a member of SIT Graduate Institute's faculty since 1989. He also has served as a policy analyst and director of research at the Institute of Economic Affairs in his native Ghana, and as a visiting professor at the University of Copenhagen, Marlboro College, and the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration.

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Richard Rodman
Richard Rodman

Professor
International Education

Richard Rodman, who holds a doctorate in comparative international education, teaches graduate courses in international education, program planning and project design, social change, and intercultural communication. Richard has a special interest in theory-to-practice modeling in international and experiential education, non-formal education, and intercultural communication.

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David Shallenberger
David Shallenberger

Professor
International Education

David Shallenberger joined SIT Graduate Institute’s international education program in 2006, after four years serving as director of European and Middle Eastern studies for SIT Study Abroad. He also served for one year as dean of SIT Graduate Institute. 

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Alex Silverman
Alex Silverman

Associate Professor and Chair
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Alex Silverman holds master’s degrees in Slavic and French linguistics. A faculty member of SIT Graduate Institute since 1974, he serves as a supervisor and teaches in the areas of general linguistics, methodology, culture, sociolinguistics, and English language and linguistics. 

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Elizabeth Tannenbaum
Elizabeth Tannenbaum

Associate Professor
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

A member of SIT Graduate Institute's faculty since 1987, Elizabeth Tannenbaum teaches courses in methodology and applied linguistics, with a special interest in teaching large classes with limited resources, self-directed language learning, and adult literacy.

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Janet Y. Thomas
Janet Y. Thomas

Associate Professor
International Education

Janet Y. Thomas received her PhD in educational policy studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also has an EdM in educational psychology from Widener University and a BA in the sociology of education from Norfolk State University.

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Syed Aqeel Tirmizi
Syed Aqeel Tirmizi

Professor
Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

Dr. Aqeel Tirmizi’s professional portfolio includes more than 20 years of international experience in teaching, research, management, and capacity building. The major focus of his work deals extensively with managing and leading in global and multicultural environments as well as working with themes of social justice and social innovation. 

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Elka Todeva
Elka Todeva

Professor
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Elka Todeva holds a doctorate in English applied linguistics and a master’s degree in British and American literature, English linguistics, and simultaneous interpretation. At SIT Graduate Institute since 1993, she teaches and does research in the areas of second language acquisition, English applied linguistics, critical pedagogy, language analysis, multilingualism, teacher cognition, and ecological approaches to teaching.

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Leslie Turpin
Leslie Turpin

Associate Professor
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

After teacher-training in refugee camps in Thailand, Leslie began teaching in SIT’s MA in teaching programs in 1989. Her interests include refugee adjustment, cultural identity and memory, cultural and linguistic revitalization, reflective practice, classroom inquiry, teaching practice, literacy non-formal education, and teaching supervision.

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John Ungerleider
John Ungerleider

Professor and Chair
Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation

John Ungerleider has been teaching about conflict transformation at SIT for more than 20 years — a time span he finds hard to grasp. He has authored articles that address youth, peacebuilding, dialogue, and empowerment programs, and music in peace culture. He has also edited a book on child labor.

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Jeff Unsicker
Jeff Unsicker

Professor and Chair
Sustainable Development

Jeff Unsicker completed graduate studies in international development, education, policy analysis, and administration. His research focused on the political economy of foreign aid for adult education, rural development, and Ujamaa socialism in Tanzania. A member of SIT's faculty since 1990, Jeff has also served as academic dean and interim president of SIT Graduate Institute.

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Ryland White
Ryland White

Associate Professor
Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

Ryland White, associate professor, has been a member of SIT Graduate Institute faculty since 1993. She teaches courses in training design for experiential learning, training for social action, dismantling disability, and ethics and intercultural training design.

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Kenneth Williams
Kenneth Williams

Associate Professor
Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

Kenneth Williams completed his doctorate in organization and leadership at Columbia University and his master's degree at the London School of Economics. He teaches the courses Organizational Behavior and Team Development; Organizational Behavior and Leadership; Social Identity; Research, Decision-Making, and Analysis; Qualitative Research Methodology; Quantitative Research Methodology using SPSS and Excel; Leadership, Community and Coalition-Building.

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Ray Young
Ray Young

Assistant Professor
International Education

Ray received his doctorate in teacher education and curriculum studies and his master’s degree in international education from UMass Amherst.

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Chris Foley
Chris Foley

Senior Practitioner Faculty
Sustainable Development

Christopher T. Foley has worked for the National Democratic Institute (NDI)’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) team as the deputy regional director since 2004 and has managed field operations and program implementation throughout the region. He has developed expertise in local governance and administrative processes as well as election-day related policies and processes.

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John W. Garrison
John W. Garrison

Senior Practitioner
Sustainable Development

Mr. John Garrison is a senior civil society specialist in the Civil Society Team at the World Bank, where he has worked since 1996. 

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Alvino Fantini
Alvino Fantini

Professor Emeritus
Language Teacher Education

Alvino E. Fantini holds degrees in Latin American studies, anthropology, and applied linguistics. A senior faculty member since 1964, Alvino helped turn the Sandanona estate into the present SIT Graduate Institute.

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Beatriz Fantini
Beatriz Fantini

Associate Professor Emeritus
Director, Language and Culture Department
Language Teacher Education

Beatriz Fantini, director of the Language and Culture Department at SIT Graduate Institute, has worked at World Learning since 1966. She has served in various capacities, including as a Spanish teacher, a teacher trainer, and a supervisor for both the Graduate Institute and Study Abroad. She also ran the summer language programs in Mexico.

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Claire B. Halverson
Claire B. Halverson

Professor Emeritus

Claire Halverson holds a doctorate in education. A member of SIT Graduate Institute's faculty since 1986, she teaches the courses Organizational Behavior, Multicultural Organization Development, and Social Identity.

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Patrick Moran
Patrick Moran

Professor Emeritus
Language Teacher Education

Patrick Moran holds a doctorate in educational studies. A member of SIT Graduate Institute's faculty since 1977, he has a special interest in courses related to French and to the interface of intercultural communication and second language education, a topic he explores in Teaching Culture: Perspectives in Practice (Heinle & Heinle).

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Marti Anderson
Marti Anderson

Faculty
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Marti Anderson has taught, trained, and supported teachers in both formal and nonformal contexts for 25 years.  She has worked with teachers of English and French as well as those who teach non-language subjects and trainers who work in the trades and other technical environments.

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Suzanne Belleci
Suzanne Belleci

Faculty
CONTACT Graduate Certificate Program

Suzanne Belleci, MA, has taught peace and conflict studies at the Arab American University of Jenin, Palestine, and master's degree courses on intercultural communications, organizational behavior, and peacebuilding at SIT Graduate Institute. 

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J. Flynn Bucy
J. Flynn Bucy

Adjunct Faculty
Sustainable Development: International Policy and Management

J. Flynn Bucy is a senior sustainability instructor and consultant with over 30 years of experience as a high-performance consultant, executive, and teacher helping companies, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations respond to changing expectations for social, environmental, and financial sustainability.

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Ray Clark
Ray Clark

Adjunct Faculty
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Ray Clark has been involved in the world of language teaching and learning since 1963 when he was immersed in TEFL training at the University of California, Los Angeles as a Peace Corps Volunteer for Nigeria. 

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Kevin Clements
Kevin Clements

Faculty
CONTACT Graduate Certificate Program

Kevin Clements, PhD, is currently the director of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Dr. Clements comes to Otago from the University of Queensland, where he was a professor of peace and conflict studies and the director of the Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies.

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Sean Conley
Sean Conley

Adjunct Faculty
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Sean Conley holds a BA cum laude in English literature and an MA in teaching from SIT. He also holds a TESOL certificate, and earned a postgraduate certificate in conflict transformation from SIT’s Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management program, in which he also taught. In 2010, Sean was appointed associate dean of the Marlboro College Graduate School.

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Lynée Connelly
Lynée Connelly

Adjunct Faculty
International Education

Lynée Connelly holds a BA in linguistics and Italian and an MA in international education. She is currently a PhD student at the California Institute for Integral Studies. Her dissertation focuses on the influence and impact of international education during the five-year post-reentry period.

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Davina P. Durgana
Davina P. Durgana

Adjunct Faculty
Sustainable Development: International Policy and Management

Davina P. Durgana is a human trafficking expert and particularly focuses on applying analytical models to understanding vulnerability, risk, and prevalence. Her dissertation work focuses on creating a domestic human trafficking statistical forecasting model and profiling minor vulnerability in the United States.

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Katie Gilbertson
Katie Gilbertson

Adjunct Faculty
International Education

Katie Gilbertson is the director of International Student Services at Johnson & Wales University (JWU) which has 2,000 students on four campuses (Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, and Providence). She has a master’s degree from SIT Graduate Institute (founded as the School for International Training), and over 18 years of experience in the field of international education.

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Jen Heeg
Jen Heeg

Adjunct Faculty
Sustainable Development: International Policy and Management

Dr. Jen Heeg is a 2012–2014 AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at USAID, where she sits in the Monitoring & Evaluation Team within the Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning (Office of Learning, Evaluation, and Research). Previously, Jen supported and evaluated programs aimed at Countering Violent Extremism in USAID’s Bureau for Africa. Prior to accepting the AAAS Fellowship at USAID, Jen was visiting assistant professor of political science at Texas A&M University at Qatar. 

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William Hoffa
William Hoffa

Adjunct Faculty
International Education

Bill Hoffa holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin. He spent his early academic years as a professor of English and American Studies at Vanderbilt University and Hamilton College and was founding director of the American Studies program at Hamilton.

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Derek Jentzsch
Derek Jentzsch

Adjunct Faculty
Sustainable Development: International Policy and Management

Founding partner of BroderickHaight Consulting, Derek has attained over 20 years of experience in the international and business development sectors, designing and implementing strategic initiatives for international and domestic organizations while building strategic individual and institutional relationships that leverage years of expertise in business development, project design, and fundraising.

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Diane Larsen-Freeman
Diane Larsen-Freeman

Adjunct Faculty
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Diane Larsen-Freeman holds a doctorate in linguistics and has been associated with the SIT Graduate Institute faculty since 1978. She has authored articles and books on discourse analysis, English grammar, language teaching methodology, and second language acquisition research, and is series director for Grammar Dimensions, a four-level grammar series for ESL/EFL students.

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Baht Latumbo
Baht Latumbo

Faculty
CONTACT Graduate Certificate Program

Baht is a widely experienced trainer/facilitator and consultant in the field of nonviolence, conflict transformation, and peacebuilding. He has served as a course tutor with Responding to Conflict, UK, leads workshops throughout Asia and beyond, and was the Deputy Director of AKKAPKA Foundation, a social change organization espousing active nonviolence in the Philippines, for more than 5 years. 

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Paul LeVasseur
Paul LeVasseur

Adjunct Professor
Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Paul LeVasseur has been a member of SIT Graduate Institute faculty since 1990. He teaches Intercultural Communication, Social Change, Organizational Behavior, Literacy in the ESL Classroom, Teaching the Four Skills, Curriculum Design and Assessment, Way of Council, and Leadership, Community, and Coalition Building.

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Bonnie Mennell
Bonnie Mennell

Adjunct Faculty
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Low Residency)

Bonnie Mennell’s work as an educator for the last 39 years has centered on creating inviting, vital, collaborative “containers” for self-directed experiential learning in community—whether that community is a language classroom, a department meeting, a language teacher training session, or a weekend training in The Way of Council.

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Alice Nderitu
Alice Nderitu

Faculty
CONTACT Graduate Certificate Program

Alice Nderitu is currently senior advisor at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, an independent mediation organization that helps improve the global response to armed conflict, where she advises on two armed and violent conflicts: one in the Plateau State of Northern Nigeria and the other on the Sudan and Southern Sudan border. She is currently working with the peace process in Addis Ababa.

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Beth Neher
Beth Neher

Faculty
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Beth Neher has been an educator for over 35 years, working with graduate, undergraduate, and EFL/ESL students aged 16+. Her teaching has involved both direct classroom delivery and blended and fully online courses in private language schools and universities in the US and abroad.

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Ashok Panikkar
Ashok Panikkar

Faculty
CONTACT South Asia

Ashok Panikkar is the founder of Meta-Culture and has worked as consultant, mediator, facilitator, and trainer in the United States, India, and Europe. As a professional facilitator, his experience ranges from working with Fortune 500 companies to mid-sized organizations, governmental and nongovernmental groups, and educational institutions. 

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Jan Passion
Jan Passion

Faculty
CONTACT Graduate Certificate Program

Jan Passion earned his master’s in international and intercultural management at the School for International Training in 2000. Jan has been working in the field of peace and nonviolence for over 30 years. He was a founding member of the Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) working primarily in the Sri Lanka project as the deputy director, and later as human resource manager.

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Dil Bhusan Pathak
Dil Bhusan Pathak

Faculty
CONTACT South Asia

Dil Bhusan Pathak, is the founder of Interface, Nepal. He has a BA in mass communication and an MA in sociology from Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal, and has 20 years of experience in journalism and more than a decade of experience in development communication. 

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Shikha Prasai
Shikha Prasai

Faculty
CONTACT South Asia

Shikha Prasai has 17 years of experience in working in diverse sectors, including international development, in multiple capacities. She has traveled throughout Nepal and internationally to work with people from diverse communities as a dialogue facilitator and participant.

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Venkatesh Raghavendra
Venkatesh Raghavendra

Adjunct Faculty
Sustainable Development, International Policy and Management

Venkatesh (Venky) Raghavendra is a social entrepreneur with nearly three decades of philanthropy and development experience. He has successfully built global partnerships and mobilized significant resources for a number of international and national organizations.

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Mehlaqa Samdani
Mehlaqa Samdani

Faculty
CONTACT Graduate Certificate Program

Mehlaqa Samdani is the founder and director of Critical Connections, a nonprofit organization in western Massachusetts committed to improving understanding of the Muslim world and the Muslim diaspora through dialogue, analysis, and outreach.

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Joseph Sebarenzi
Joseph Sebarenzi

Faculty
CONTACT Graduate Certificate Program
Sustainable Development

Joseph Sebarenzi earned a doctorate in international human rights law from the National University of Ireland, a master’s degree in international and intercultural management from SIT Graduate Institute, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He holds an honorary doctorate in law from Marlboro College (Vermont, USA).

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Carrie Wojenski
Carrie Wojenski

Adjunct Faculty
International Education

Carrie Wojenski is the director of Global Affairs at Sacred Heart University. She is charged with oversight of study abroad programming and global initiatives. As co-chair of the university’s internationalization task force, Carrie assists senior management and the university community in defining the strategic goals associated with internationalization, as well as articulating the trends and developments in higher education related to internationalization and global engagement

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Patricia Worlock Moore
Patricia Worlock Moore

Faculty
CONTACT Graduate Certificate Program

Paddy Moore, MA, MPA, is a mediator specializing in health care, environmental and public policy issues. She has held senior leadership positions in state human service agencies in New Jersey and Massachusetts.

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Jennifer Core
Jennifer Core

Graduate Admissions Officer
802 258-3506
jennifer.core@sit.edu

Kim DeRego
Kim DeRego

Associate Dean for Enrollment Management
SIT Graduate Institute and The Experiment in International Living
802 258-3324
kim.derego@sit.edu

Abe Gates
Abe Gates

Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
802 258-3321
abe.gates@sit.edu

Joan Perreault
Joan Perreault

Graduate Admissions Officer and Marketing Specialist
802 258-3491
joan.perreault@sit.edu

Mary Kay Sigda
Mary Kay Sigda

Graduate Admissions Officer and Adjunct Faculty
802 258-3103
marykay.sigda@sit.edu

Sharon Swartz
Sharon Swartz

Graduate Admissions Assistant
802 258-3525
sharon.swartz@sit.edu

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