MA IDS Thesis Projects

MA IDS Thesis Projects

 

Concordia University Portland offers an engaging, interdisciplinary program preparing students for careers with community development organizations, international non-profits, inter-governmental agencies, NGOs and educational institutions. The Master of Arts in International Development and Service (MA IDS) is a “living classroom” combining rigorous academic study with field research and volunteer service in the United States and in several overseas settings.

Students enrolled in our MA IDS program develop in-depth, topical research projects as the culmination to their degree. As Concordia University places a substantial emphasis on service-learning experiences, many of these thesis projects involve helping international partner organizations in order to make a positive impact on local and global communities.

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Graduate Projects from 2016

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An Analysis of the Migration Policies of the European Union and Their Effectiveness in Managing the Current Migration Crisis, Michael Blair

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Use of Dichotomous Ivory Stockpile Management Strategies by African Elephant Range States: A Threat to Effectively Combatting the Illegal Ivory Trade, Heather L. Brecht

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A Holistic Practice: The Art of Facilitation in International Service-Learning, Jenny M. Clark

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Cyberactivism: An Assessment of the Power of Social Media Campaigns and Its Relationship to Traditional Media Coverage, Miriam Ellis

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Understanding Ecuador’s Education Reform: A Case Study of 2006-2015, Jenna Harvey

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Human Rights Violations against Undocumented Immigrants/Migrants in the United States and the European Union, Vanessa Martinez

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The Impact of Formal Extracurricular Activities on Satisfaction and Attitudes-toward-School among At-Risk Adolescents, Derek G. Miller

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Law Enforcement as a Form of Development: Community Policing in the United States, Michael Reynolds

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Trashé Designs: A Social Enterprise, Cara Walden

Graduate Projects from 2015

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Three Strikes for the Global Food System: What Alternative Agricultural Initiatives Can Offer, Beth Alaimo

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Through A Different Lens: Towards Ghana’s True Economic Development Model, Mavis Borkai Bortey-fio

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Culturally Relevant Career Development Programs for Native American Youth, Annie N. Crippen

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Encouraging Latino Students through Relational Teaching: A Case Study in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Ohilda Difo

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Urban Ecotourism: Applying Ecotourism Principles to the Built Environment, Maya D. Freeman

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Multiethnic Collaboration: Framing Similarities and Differences in the Pursuit of Social Justice through Citizen Mobilization in the United States and Colombia, Crystal Galarza

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TraffickACTS.Org: Turning Advocacy to Action to Combat Human Trafficking Through the Public, Sarah Gardner

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The Power of Soccer: A Promising Tool for Youth Empowerment A Case of Soccer-Based Health Program at El Nacional Public School in Ecuador, Haruna Higa

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Models of Faith: The Role of Faith-Based Organizations in International Development, Mara Hochberg-Miller

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Amending the Elementary and Secondary Education Act: The Key to Increasing Participation in Student Financial Aid Programs, Maya Hoffman

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Mental Health and Migration: An Assessment of the Impact that Cross-Cultural Differences and Mental Health Care Utilization Have on Successful Refugee Acculturation, Rebecca M. Hofkes

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Applying Intercultural/International Education Towards Creating Sustainable Peace in Sub-Saharan Africa, Bella Cheptoo Kimutai

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Disaster Preparedness Plan for the Study Abroad Student: How to Engage Students in Hazard Preparedness, Kimberly Ligon

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The Hatchet and the Seed: Breaking Down and Building Up International Education Programs to Foster Glocal Citizenship, Kaycie López Jones

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Girls' Primary Education in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda: The Millennium Development Goals and the Divide Between Schooling and Learning, Taylor M. Lubich

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HIV Knowledge and Prevention Education Initiatives for Shan Migrants in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Megan M. McCay

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Children and Disaster Education: An Analysis of Disaster Risk Reduction within the School Curricula of Oregon, Texas, and the Philippines, Ashley Merchant

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Sex, Gender, and Culture: The Emergence of Structural Violence While Seeking a Sexual Health Transformation in Uganda, Leah Pauline

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None Will Be Free Until All Are Free: Engaging Grassroots Organizations to Work Towards Ending Corrective Rape in South Africa, Alisa D. Plath

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English Language Education as Tool for Empowerment Among Ethnic Burmese Migrants in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Shelby C. Pohndorff

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Mental Health and International Assistance: Exploring Shan Migrant’s Insecurities in Northern Thailand and Reviewing their Cultural/Spiritual Practices Used for Psychological Care, Katherine Then

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Individual Strength-Based Assessment for Adult Empowerment NGOs, Ashley T. Turner

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Sexual and Reproductive Health Programs in Thailand and the Dilemma of Growing Adolescent Pregnancy Rates: An Analysis and Evaluation of the Thai Government, Teenpath, and UNFPA Reproductive Health Programs, Leah Yukie Auli‘i Yamamoto

Graduate Projects from 2014

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Teacher Training in Latin America: Improving Education Quality through Place-Based In-Service Teacher Training, Rachel M. Anderson

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U.S. and Latin American Feminisms: Implications for Culturally Relative Gender Development, Katherine L. Brittain

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School-Based Violence in Liberia, S. Margretta Getaweh

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Refugee Challenges in the United States with a Focus on Somali Communities, Mohamed Hussein

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Combatting Stigma Experienced by Transgender People Living with HIV, Sarah L. Morgan

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Access to Study Abroad for Historically Underrepresented Students, Dayna Parks-Lucas

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Peer-to-Peer Mentoring as a Method of Facilitating the Integration Process for Refugee Youth, Whitney Pfeifer

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Youth Homelessness in the South Bronx, Mahabir B. Samuel