Jimalee Sowell portrait

SIT alumna selected by U.S. State Department

Jimalee Sowell, a 2008 graduate of SIT Graduate Institute’s MA in TESOL program, has been selected by the U.S. State Department for a two-week English Language Specialist project addressing solutions to low-motivated students in large classes in Vietnam.

Graduates of 2018 sitting at commencment

SIT commencement 2018

"SITers, Experimenters, World Learners have been going out now for almost 90 years to help others
fulfill their dreams"

MAT 38 Emily and 3rd graders looking at a globe of the world

Sandanona conference, capstones highlight SIT learning experience

The week of May 7 is busy at SIT Graduate Institute‘s Vermont campus, offering two great opportunities to learn about the social justice and experience-based learning that informs all of SIT’s programs.

SIT Graduate photo contest 2018

SIT's 2018 Photo Contest is Here!

SIT’s 2018 Photo Contest is now open to submissions!

Get the details now!

Bea Fantini

Statement from Bea Fantini

As many of you know, Alvino and I have spent most of our professional lives at SIT. Alvino was one of the creators of SIT and one of the founders of the MA in teaching (MAT) program. We both were MAT faculty from the first program on, and we’ve both taught for all SIT programs. So SIT means a lot to us in our personal and professional lives.

SIT Graduate Institute Alumni Selected by U.S. Department of State for Prestigious 2017-18 English Language Fellow Program

Five alumni from SIT Graduate Institute have been selected by the U.S. State Department for the English Language Fellow Program, a 10-month project training English teachers abroad. 

Aquila Ledbetter

Driving a Dream

SIT alumna Aquila Ledbetter finds her path in Namibia 

Kelly Wisecarver

SIT was the right place at the right time

SIT Graduate Institute alum Kelly Wisecarver speaks about how her SIT experience led to her current career success.

Chris Bailey

Hope and Clarity

SIT Graduate Institute student Christopher Bailey helps with disaster relief in Louisiana

Fabian Espinosa

SIT Launches Podcast Series

Listen to the first episodes of the On SITe podcast series, featuring SIT experts discussing issues like climate change, international education, green campus initiatives, and more.

India Field COurse

SIT Graduate Institute launches Youth Leadership M.Ed.

SIT Graduate Institute is now accepting applications for a new M.Ed. in Global Youth Development and Leadership, starting in spring 2018. This one-year program is designed for youth program staff, teachers, coaches, camp and school counselors, after-school providers, volunteer program managers, and anyone who wants to work with young people around the world.


SIT Awards Degrees To Sustainable Development Grads

The School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute held a commencement ceremony for graduates of the Master of Arts in Sustainable Development Program on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC.

Joe Sumo

Joe Preston Sumo, Sr.: Change-maker and Global Citizen

When he started his master’s degree in sustainable development at SIT Graduate Institute two years ago, Joe Sumo wasn’t thinking much about the power of religion to support sustainable societies.

Jack Haskell

It Feels Like Home

From the Experiment to Study Abroad and the Graduate Institute, Jack Haskell has found his passion at SIT 

Ken Williams

Dr. Kenneth Williams named Dean of SIT Graduate Institute

SIT President Dr. Sophia Howlett has announced the appointment of Dr. Kenneth Williams as dean of SIT Graduate Institute.

scholars and sophie

At Harvard, SIT Global Scholars share stories of challenge and hope

The strength and resilience that refugees bring to our communities and institutions came into sharp focus when five global scholars from SIT visited Harvard University’s Faculty Club on July 20 for a roundtable discussion with SIT alumni and guests led by Robin Young, host of the National Public Radio talk show Here & Now.

four signers

SIT joins effort to foster local green economy

The School for International Training (SIT) has joined with regional institutions to form an Ecovation Education and Training Consortium as part of the Brattleboro-based Ecovation Hub. Officials from the four partners in the consortium – which also includes Antioch University New England, Greenfield Community College, and Keene State College – gathered in Keene, NH, on July 20 to formally launch the initiative. The institutions plan to enhance opportunities for student training and opportunities in the green economy and sustainable development in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. 


Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to all our winners! We received great shots from current students and alumni all over the world, prompting some tough decisions. With thanks to all who sent entries, we present the winners of SIT’s 2017 Photo Contest.

Shannon Simerll

Bringing her best game – to SIT and beyond

During a junior year abroad from the University of Scranton, a new world of possibilities came into focus for Shannon Simrell. “Study abroad helped me see there was a world beyond my own that was accessible, a world where I could live, be welcomed, and create community.”

New course will focus on Bernie Sanders and the political revolution

A policy advocacy course at SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont will have an added focus this fall:  the “political revolution” ignited by the presidential primary campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and the massive grassroots organizing that has erupted following the election of Donald Trump. 

Open house group

Open house is a great way to share the SIT experience

In early June, I took students in my Hampshire College TESOL certificate program to the SIT Graduate Institute open house in Brattleboro. Our goal was to learn about different professional development and academic opportunities within the field of TESOL, but once on campus it became apparent that our trip would be about much more than that.

Lawrence Kabuthi. Photo by Kris radder

Global partnerships, global learning

Kenyan Lawrence Kabuthi and others bring their experiences to SIT’s CONTACT program

Kathryn Inskeep

Kathryn Inskeep joins SIT as associate dean

Kathryn Inskeep has joined the School for International Training (SIT) as Associate Dean of Assessment and Learning Support. 

Hakim Williams

Commencement 2017

On Saturday, May 27, graduate students from eight countries received master’s degrees during commencement ceremonies at SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont. Blue skies, green hills, and the flags of those countries provided a bright backdrop as faculty and students took their places to the sounds of African percussion.


SIT Professor promotes Syrian-Turkish coexistence

SIT Professor Tatsushi Arai led a peacebuilding workshop for 35 psychosocial and humanitarian support professionals from Syria and Turkey who gathered at the Social Sciences University of Ankara (SSUA) May 12-14. The workshop was co-sponsored by SSUA and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), a United Nations-affiliated agency.

Solar panel site

Solar panels to be installed on SIT campus

The School for International Training has received a $100,000 grant from Windham Regional Commission to install a campus-based solar energy system that will also pioneer new research, strengthen community ties, and enhance curriculum at SIT Graduate Institute.

tea party

Visitors get a taste of SIT's diversity

Open House visitors attend international tea expo.

David Boutte

A Good Read

This year, SIT Graduate Institute students David Boutte and Charlotte Herz  paired up with Brattleboro’s Winston-Prouty Early Learning Center for work study. They’ve done so as part of the federal America Reads program, which has, for 20 years, put work-study students in schools, childcare centers, museums, and other organizations to support the development of local kids.

Lewy Global Education Technology Forum

The School for International Training hosted the Lewy Global Education Technology Forum on the Vermont campus April 25-26. More than 200 people participated in the event, which explored how schools and other educational programs can use technology to improve inclusion, collaboration, administration, and learning.

SIT Faculty Connect with Staff from Foreign Embassies

In order to build new connections and share expertise, School for International Training faculty and students met with representatives of foreign embassies on April 14


Fadia Najib Thabet receives International Women of Courage Award

On March 29, School for International Training student Fadia Najib Thabet received the Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Award  from First Lady Melania Trump and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon.

Debois Jennings
A pilot study abroad re-entry program for underserved students

We talk with International Education MA candidate DuBois Jennings about his groundbreaking practicum.

SIT responds to executive order

Dr. Sophia Howlett, president of the School for International Training, today issued the following statement about the “Protection of the Nation” executive order:


Sophia Howlett named President of School for International Training

School for International Training, which includes SIT Graduate Institute and SIT Study Abroad, announces the appointment of international educator Dr. Sophia Howlett as President.



SIT stands up for diversity

SIT President Donald Steinberg is among 29 Vermont higher education, business, and political leaders who have signed a statement reiterating Vermont’s values of diversity, equity and inclusiveness.


Experiential Approaches to Peacebuilding Webinar

SIT Graduate Institute is please to share the recording of our Nov. 15 webinar, Experiential Approaches to Peacebuilding, which drew participants from around the world.


Debra Fowler

LGBTQ history 'Unerased'

Alumna Debra Fowler seeks to “reimagine equality in the classroom”



Experiential Approaches to Peacebuilding

Join three SIT Graduate Institute faculty experts for a webinar, Experiential Approaches to Peacebuilding, on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Registration is free.



Building Community Connections

Two current students at SIT’s Brattleboro campus have been chosen as community outreach coordinators for the 2016–2017 academic year as part of a community engagement program developed through the Susan Donna Lessenco Fund.


SIT professor promotes reconciliation in East Asia

SIT Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution Professor Tatsushi Arai spoke Aug. 8 at a public forum in Tokyo on China-Japan relations. The event was organized by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, a Japanese thought leader in the field. Professor Arai’s address, “On the applied practice of conflict transformation and historical reconciliation in Sino-Japan relations,” examined the sources of the two countries’ territorial dispute in the East China Sea and offered policy proposals including the need to revive negotiations in earnest for joint natural resource development in the disputed area.

DC Graduation


SIT Graduate Institute DC Graduation

Thirty-three graduates received their master’s degrees in sustainable development during an SIT Graduate Institute commencement ceremony in Washington, DC, on Aug. 14. It was the fifth graduating class in the MA in Sustainable Development program offered in Washington, DC. The program, which accepted its first class in fall 2011, combines two intensive terms of classroom work in development policy and management with a 12-week practicum.

Meet new Alumni Engagement Director Carla Lineback

Her family’s involvement in World Learning/SIT began in 1954. Now Carla Lineback hopes to foster new connections among alumni.

Diane Larsen-Freeman

Dr. Diane Larsen-Freeman will be back on campus in Vermont this summer

Internationally known language acquisition expert Dr. Diane Larsen-Freeman will be back on campus in Vermont this summer to teach the course Second Language Acquisition for SIT Graduate Institute’s MA TESOL Low-Residency Program.

Learning a language through CONTACT

As a resident of Sudan, Dr. Nawal K.N. Alamin has been close to conflict. In Khartoum, Alamin teaches soil science and watershed management at Sudan University for Science and Technology. 

The Loweys

Stephen and Nita Lowey launch scholarship fund to support SIT Graduate students

A $500,000 gift from longtime institutional supporters Stephen and Nita Lowey will make it financially possible for more students to participate in SIT Graduate Institute programs starting this fall.

Six reasons to choose SIT Graduate Institute

Stephanie Pena

A Practicum That Makes A Difference

Stephanie Pena and Lindsey Miller-Voss

Master of Arts in Sustainable Development: International Policy and Management


SIT Students Participate in Weeklong Field Course in Rwanda

In January, 15 SIT students participated in a weeklong field course on conflict transformation in Rwanda. The course gave these students the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the peacebuilding and reconciliation process in Rwanda following the 1994 genocide.

Elizabeth Tannenbaum

Inspiring Teachers Worldwide

karen blanchard

Building community. Fostering dialog.


SIT Faculty Delivers Two Major Addresses on Reconciliation Challenges in the Asia Pacific

Diverse approaches to conflict reconciliation

SIT faculty Tatsushi Arai delivers two addresses at Waseda University in Japan

Tatsushi Arai and Dr. Kevin Auruch

SIT Faculty Receives Award on Conflict Resolution

Academic, trainer, mediator, dialogue facilitator

Faculty Tatsushi Arai is recognized by George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution as an outstanding scholar-practitioner.

Jeff Unsicker teaching class

"Doing Development Differently" ... For Decades

SIT remains in the vanguard of development education.

Article by SIT sustainable development faculty Jeff Unsicker, PhD.