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Program in Intercultural Management, Leadership and Service: Ryland White, Brazil RPCV
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Faculty Biography: Ryland White, Associate Professor
Ryland has a Masters of International Administration degree from the School for International Training (1984) and a Bachelor in Education of the Deaf and Hearing Impaired from Converse College (1973). She joined SIT's Program in International and Intercultural Management faculty in 1993. Ryland teaches courses in Training of Trainers, including "Foundations in the Training Principles of Experiential Learning & Training Design," "Social Action: Implications for Training," and "Training Design for Multicultural Managers."
Raised a "global nomad," Ryland has continued to spend the majority of the last 25 years of her professional life working with cultures different than her own. Ryland began her professional career with the deaf and hearing impaired culture, teaching high school at a residential school for deaf and blind students. Since the mid 1970s, she has been a Peace Corps Volunteer in Brazil, a staff member in Peace Corps' Washington headquarters, and a Cross Cultural Trainer for Peace Corps in Jamaica and the islands of the Eastern Caribbean. During the mid and late 1980s, Ryland lived and worked as a Cross Cultural Teacher Trainer and Supervisor in a Vietnamese Refugee camp in Indonesia, as a Staff Development Specialist in the Phanat Nikhom Refugee program in Thailand and as a consultant in the Bataan Refugee program in the Philippines.
Since 1988, Ryland has been living and working in Vermont. Ryland's professional interests continue to lie in the areas of community building, participatory development and training, and social action and diversity work, particularly in the area of gay and lesbian issues of justice. Her latest consultancies have been with the United Nations Development Program and the United Nations Capital Development Fund in the field of participatory training and management and with Peace Corps, where she facilitated cross cultural training conferences for in country Peace Corps staff and volunteers in Benin, Malawi, and Western Samoa.
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