Core Faculty

Tatsushi Arai
Tatsushi Arai

Professor
Peace and Justice Leadership

Dr. Tatsushi (Tats) Arai is a faculty member of Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT), SIT’s summer peacebuilding institute. He is a United Nations senior mediation adviser (part-time appointment from January 2018 to January 2019) and a fellow of the Center for Peacemaking Practice at George Mason University's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) in Virginia.

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Bruce W. Dayton
Bruce W. Dayton

Executive Director, CONTACT
Associate Professor
Peace and Justice Leadership

Bruce W. Dayton (PhD, Syracuse University, 1999) has been active in peacebuilding and conflict transformation work for over twenty years as a practitioner, a researcher, and an educator. His work focuses on the intersection of social identity and intractable conflicts and the role that intermediaries can play in transforming them.

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Adjunct Faculty and Guests

Suzanne Belleci
Suzanne Belleci

Adjunct Faculty
Peace and Justice Leadership
CONTACT

Suzanne Belleci has been teaching conflict transformation, social justice, cross-cultural communication, and management courses at SIT for 17 years. She served as SIT’s first ombudsperson, bringing groups together, facilitating dialog circles for conflict resolution, and mediating one-on-one disputes. 

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Tosca Bruno-van Vi Vijfeijken
Tosca Bruno-van Vi Vijfeijken
Faculty

Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken has worked on international development and civil society issues for over 25 years, both in practice as well as in academia. She was the co-director of the Transnational NGO Initiative (TNGO Initiative) at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University since 2003, and in 2015 became its director. 

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Otto de Jong
Otto de Jong

Guest Faculty
CONTACT

Otto de Jong is a choir and orchestra conductor who specializes in working with large groups of children. Since 1999, he has been working for Musicians without Borders, training others to work with children.

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Miriam Dror
Miriam Dror

Guest Faculty
CONTACT

Miriam Dror has been working in the fields of education and healing for more than forty years. She is a licensed psychotherapist and a certified core energetic therapist.

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Laura Hassler
Laura Hassler

Guest Faculty
CONTACT

Laura Hassler was born and raised in New York. From an early age, she was active in US civil rights and peace movements.

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Sherwin Kirindongo
Sherwin Kirindongo

Guest Faculty
CONTACT

Sherwin Kirindongo is an internationally touring percussionist and workshop leader who specializes in Latin, African, and Brazilian percussion.

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Alla Korzh
Alla Korzh

Assistant Professor
International Education (low residency)

Dr. Alla Korzh is an educator, researcher, and practitioner in the field of international education with a regional focus on Eastern Europe. She holds a doctorate in international educational development from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Joseph Sebarenzi
Joseph Sebarenzi

Guest Faculty
CONTACT

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, US).

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Michael Shank
Michael Shank
Faculty

Michael Shank is head of communications for the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) in New York City, where he handles communications for Professor Jeffrey Sachs and SDSN’s work on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Michael’s recent positions include director of media strategy at Climate Nexus, associate director for legislative affairs at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, and US Congressman Michael Honda’s senior policy advisor and communications director. 

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Christa Tinari
Christa Tinari

Guest Faculty
CONTACT

Christa Tinari is a speaker, author, trainer, and peace and justice activist. As founder of PeacePraxis, she teaches skills such as empathy, diversity appreciation, nonviolent communication, mindfulness, and reconciliation to people from all walks of life.

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Ryland White
Ryland White

Professor
Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

Ryland White, 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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