Professional Development

CIEstudents participate in a wide array of professional development activities during their degree programs. Some of these are on campus at Tuesday Dialogues or at other locations at UMass. Others involve attending national conferences, regional conferences, workshops and conferences in the region.

Joe Berger conducts higher education leadership workshop in Somaliland

Joe Berger recently travelled to Somaliland to conduct a needs assessment and meet with university representatives from higher education institutions in Somaliland, Puntland, South-Central Somalia, and Ethiopia.


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A Revolutionary Practice of Community Storytelling for Social Change

CIE graduate Kathleen Cash (Ed.D. 1982) returned to Amherst for a Tuesday Dialogue to share her work using storytelling and narrative as a powerful method of changing the public conversation and behaviors around issues of HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, violence against women and girls, and children’s rights.


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Supporting mother tongue literacy for refugees in Chad – Eunice Kua

Eunice Kua worked to help develop mother tongue literacy programs among Darfur refugees in eastern Chad prior to coming to CIE. She reflects on her experience and the issues it raised.


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University Support & Workforce Development in Afghanistan – Javid Mussawy

Sayed Ahmad Javid Mussawy spent the summer working to develop quality enhancement and accreditation procedures with the Ministry of Higher Education in Afghanistan.


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Program review for Peace Corps in Moldova – Betsy Vegso

Betsy Vegso worked with Peace Corps in Moldova during the summer where she reviewed program and training functions and developed recommendations related to program management.


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Pakistani Educator Leadership Training - Mei Lan Frame

Mei Lan Frame was the Lead Facilitator for a workshop on educational leadership for Pakistani educators pursuing Master’s degrees in education in the U.S. under the Teacher Education Master’s Scholarship Program (TEMSP), funded by USAID. This mid-program workshop was organized by World Learning and held from August 14 – 17, 2016 in Washington D.C.

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Non-Violent Study Circles - Julia Novrita

Julia Novrita and two other alumnae of IFP Ford Foundation established Inspiring Development (InDev), an NGO based in Ambon, to address problems student involvement in violence. InDev offers training programs to equip students with peace and non-violence values and skills in managing conflict creatively.

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Tibetan Early Childhood Initiative - Shamo Thar

During my summer work back in Tibet/China, I worked on two different activities: ReSa, a Montessori School which is the only  private school in southwest of Tibet/Qinghai in China; and my childrens book Looking for Baby Yak.  I also spent two weeks as a Ford Fellow in New York city.

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Kayla Boisvert Collected Data in Nepal on a Save the Children SUPER Fellowship

Kayla Boisvert spent a month in summer 2016 in Nepal working on a Save the Children project as a Save-University Partnership for Education Research (SUPER) Fellowship recipient.

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