MAY 14-16, 2020  |  BRATTLEBORO, VT

Registration opens January 2020

SIT programs are developed around a framework of the most critical global issues of our time - challenges that transcend borders to touch every human on the planet. In the first annual Critical Global Issues Symposium, we will examine Identity and Human Resilience. Join us on the SIT campus in Vermont for an examination of cutting-edge research by students and faculty. Through discussions around this work, we seek to develop a platform for meaningful dialogue that will help to advance these critical conversations.



The human condition is in change. Human rights and identity. War. Climate change. Economic disparities. Discrimination. Indigenous and marginalized individuals are exploring what it means to be different and equal in a complicated world, and those under pressure from their environment are on the move with mixed migration challenging national, communal and personal identities. Our programs explore the human condition and the crisis of belonging in an increasingly complex and mobile world. Students gain critical insight on the phenomena of resilience and resistance through listening to the voices of indigenous people and marginalized groups.


The deadline for proposals has passed. Watch this space for the symposium agenda!

We received more than 80 proposals for papers, panels, and roundtables addressing identity and human resilience within the following themes:

  • Human rights, discrimination;
  • Gender, sexuality, and equality;
  • Post-war, peacebuilding, peace formation, everyday peace from below, active citizenship;
  • Memory and memory activism;
  • Climate change, environment, and migration;
  • Economic disparities and displacement;
  • Religion and belonging;
  • Indigenous knowledge and marginalized communities;
  • The arts as resistance and resilience.


SIT's first Critical Global Issues Symposium aims to bring together thought leaders working with and researching Identity and Human Resilience across a broad cross section of academic disciplines. In spotlighting study and research of some of the most important issues impacting individuals and communities today, we seek to support and invigorate meaningful dialogue that will help to advance critical conversation around these issues.

This event will be of interest to practitioners and professionals in the field of international education including alumni of SIT and IHP undergraduate programs who have completed research and internships in the Identity and Human Resilience critical global issue area; alumni and current SIT Graduate Institute students; and SIT academic and program directors, graduate program chairs and deans with expertise in this area. It will also be of interest to faculty at partner schools who are doing research with SIT alumni or whose work focuses on this CGI, such as faculty seminar participants, custom program faculty leaders, and site visit participants, as well as other professionals from our partner colleges and universities.


The Identity and Human Resilience Symposium will take place on SIT's historic campus in beautiful southern Vermont. The campus has been a hub for international education since it began as a training center for the first Peace Corps volunteers in the 1960s. We have since welcomed thousands of SIT graduate students who have gone on to change the world in their own unique ways, people like Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams, Native American activist Charon Asetoyer, Georgetown University professor and Jesuit refugee activist Father Richard Ryscavage, and former president of the Rwandan Parliament Joseph Sebarenzi. The campus continues to host SIT Graduate Institute programs and each summer welcomes young people from around the globe for a wide range of leadership and youth development programs. This rich history and enduring connection to international education is why we chose our own campus for the first symposium of this kind.


The program will include our student alumni, current graduate students, SIT academic and program directors, and faculty from partner schools.
Updates coming soon!

Photo of Sophia Howlett
Sophia Howlett
President, School for International Training
Photo of Katy de la Garza
Katy de la Garza
Associate Dean, International Honors Programs
Photo of Said Graiouid
Said Graiouid
Dean, Middle East, North Africa, and Europe
Photo of Brian Hammer
Brian Hammer
Dean, Asia and the Pacific
Photo of Cheikh Thiam
Cheikh Thiam
Dean, Africa South of the Sahara
Photo of Aynn Setright
Aynn Setright
Dean, Latin America and the Caribbean