Training conflict workers

Meet SIT alumna Charlotte Levine DiBartolomeo

My degree from SIT enabled me to accomplish a number of firsts.

Charlotte Levine DiBartolomeoI was a mediator and crisis interventionist in public education for eight years before returning to school. I chose SIT to earn my degree because of its unique approach to education and the opportunity to study with people from all around the world.

SIT Graduate Institute deepened my perspective on social conflict and violence and the role identity plays in conflict at both the individual and community levels. My experiences on campus and in Bosnia studying post-war interventions and the responsibility of government, civil society, and a free media provided a theoretical lens for transforming social structures and building sustainable communities.

My degree from SIT enabled me to accomplish a number of firsts. I developed the first online graduate certificate in peace education at Arcadia University’s International Peace & Conflict Resolution department. I also developed and teach the first trauma-informed-care course offered at Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions. The course takes a multicultural view on healing trauma and incorporates lessons I learned at SIT regarding collective trauma and community healing.

In 2008, I co-founded Red Kite Project, a consulting company that works with organizations whose staff are in high-pressure jobs and are often first responders to crisis and conflict. We teach crisis and conflict de-escalation and conflict transformation skills to frontline transit workers, emergency medical professionals and their management, and veterans of war. Our training and consulting is evidenced-based and has resulted in a 49% reduction in absenteeism and a 66% reduction in assaults on workers. Our trauma-informed approach to building a more resilient workforce and a more sustainable work culture is seeded in my professional experience and my education at SIT Graduate Institute.

Professional Practicums at SIT

Worked at Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, National Headquarters- Philadelphia as a researcher, lobbyist and community organizer

Worked at Veterans Multi-Services Center in Philadelphia with veterans experiencing homelessness

(I worked at WILF in the morning and the VMC in the afternoon. It gave me a unique perspective on the war machine.)

SIT Capstone Paper and Seminar

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom: The Obstacles to Building a Larger, More Racially and Economically Diverse Membership