Faculty for the Master of Arts in Sustainable Development International Policy and Management program are experienced development professionals. They include leaders in the fields of international policy and management based in Washington, DC, and on SIT’s campus in Vermont. The MA in Sustainable Development program in DC draws upon the resources of the professional development staff in World Learning’s International Development and Education Division and other Washington, DC–based organizations; these individuals serve as speakers, guest lecturers, mentors, project supervisors, and other learning resources for SIT students.

Core Faculty

Davina P. Durgana
Davina P. Durgana

Assistant Professor
Sustainable Development: International Policy and Management

Degrees

PhD, American University, Washington, DC
MA, Sorbonne
MA, American University of Paris
BA, George Washington University

Dr. Davina P. Durgana is an assistant professor at SIT Graduate Institute in Washington, D.C. where she served as the faculty lead for the Inclusive Security Certificate Program. She was named the 2016 Statistical Advocate of the Year by the American Statistical Association and as a Forbes Top 30 Under 30 in Science for 2017 for her work on statistical modeling, human security theory, and modern slavery.

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Amy Jersild
Amy Jersild

Assistant Professor and Chair
Sustainable Development: International Policy and Management

Degrees

MA, SIT Graduate Institute

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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Deborah Robinson
Deborah Robinson

Academic Director, Washington, DC Center
Interim Chief Diversity Officer

Degrees

PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
MBA, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
BA, Williams College, Williamstown, MA

Dr. Robinson is a senior program manager with more than 20 years’ experience working with organizations in numerous countries. She has lived, worked, and traveled in 70 countries to date and has been involved in a variety of issues, including human rights, environmental justice, racism, sustainable development, emergency management, and violence against women. The thread that ties this work together is that it was all conducted from a social justice perspective and focused on issues of inclusion and marginalization.

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Ryland White
Ryland White

Professor
Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

Degrees

MIA, School for International Training
BA, Converse College

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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Adjunct Faculty and Guests

Jennifer Collins-Foley
Jennifer Collins-Foley

Adjunct Faculty
Sustainable Development

Degrees

JD, Albany Law School of Union University
BA, St. Michael’s College

Jennifer Collins-Foley, JD, is a democracy, governance, and gender specialist with 25 years of experience in the US and around the world. She serves as senior advisor for inclusive development with World Learning’s International Development and Exchange Programs to effectively promote the full inclusion of traditionally marginalized people into the political, social, and economic life of their countries.

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Chris Foley
Chris Foley

Adjunct Faculty
Sustainable Development

Degrees

MA, California State University, Fullerton
BA, St. Michael’s College

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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Venkatesh Raghavendra
Venkatesh Raghavendra

Adjunct Faculty
Sustainable Development, International Policy and Management

Degrees

MA in Social Jusitice, SIT Graduate Institute

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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Sarah Roma
Sarah Roma

Adjunct Faculty
Sustainable Development

Degrees

MPA, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
BA, Carleton College

Sarah Roma is an independent consultant with 20 years of experience working globally and domestically on programs and policy change for women and girls. Sarah has expertise in policy advocacy, leadership development, gender analysis and integration, capacity building, curriculum development, training and facilitation, program and policy design and implementation, strategic planning, and organizational change.

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Syed Aqeel Tirmizi
Syed Aqeel Tirmizi

Adjunct Faculty
Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

Degrees

PhD, State University of New York, Binghamton
MIA, School for International Training
BComm, University of Punjab, Pakistan

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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