Domenique Ciavattone


Email: dciavattone[at]mun[dot]ca


Dr. Charles Mather
Dr. Mario Blaser

Previous Education
MA – Climate Change and Global Sustainability, SIT Graduate Institute – 2022
Thesis – “Bridging Knowledge Systems in the Peruvian Andes: Plurality, Co-creation and Transformative Socio-Ecological Solutions to Climate Change”
Postgraduate Certificate - Social Justice, Harvard University - 2016
BA – Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies (Global Social Justice: Consciousness, Communities and Change), Stonehill College – 2013

Research Interests
My research interests are currently focused on ontological diversity and co-creative climate change mitigation and ocean conservation efforts. How can values about more-than-human beings be translated across boundaries and worldviews? Is it even possible? How can this map to broader political contexts as countries move towards giving rights to nature while incorporating Indigenous and local cosmovisions? 

Research Presentations

Masters Capstone Thesis Defense, Brattleboro, VT | August 2022
    Presented: “Bridging Knowledge Systems in the Peruvian Andes: Plurality, Co-creation and Transformative Socio-Ecological Solutions to Climate Change”

Senior Communication Honors Thesis Defense, Easton, MA | May 2013
    Presented: “Perception is Everything: How Media and Interpersonal Dialogue can Perpetuate Stereotypes and Generate Skewed Views of Africa in American Youth”

Eastern Sociological Society Conference, Boston, MA | March 2013
    Presented: “Students Beyond Slacktivism: Cultures of Action on College Campuses”

SIT Health and Community, Malindi, Kenya | December 2012
    Presented: “Beats Beat Beatings: Kenyan Music as a Rhetorical Agent in Promoting Peace”

American Sociological Association Conference, Denver, CO | July 2012
    Presented: “Empower Women, Empower a Nation: How Gender Equity in Kenya can Positively Influence National Development”

Eastern Communication Association Conference, Boston, MA | May 2012
    Selected to present: “Intercultural Nonverbal Communication: Haptics and Proxemics in the U.S. and Latin America”

Bread and Roses Centennial Symposium, Lawrence, MA | May 2012
    Selected to present: “Striking Women: Massachusetts Mill Workers and Rhetorical Agency, 1912”

Honors and Awards

  • Student Commencement Speaker (2022) – nominated and selected to deliver the student commencement speech for
  • Golden Key International Honor Society (2021)
  • Frasier Award (2013) – graduated top student in Communication
  • Moreau Honors Program Scholar (2009 – 2013)
  • Lambda Epsilon Sigma (2013) – Stonehill College Honors Society
  • Lambda Pi Eta (2013) – USA National Honors Society for Communication Majors
  • Student Life Award Vice President’s Cup (2013) – awarded to two students who have enhanced the quality of

SIT Graduate Institute based on academic performance and leadership both in and outside of the classroom campus life through involvement in co-curricular programs, innovative contributions to campus morale, and dedicated service

  • Student Life Award Leader in Service (2012)
  • Student Life Award Class Leader (2011 and 2012)


  • Golden Key Graduate Scholar Award (2021)
  • SIT Alumni Scholarship (2021)
  • Americorps Scholarship (2021) 
  • Goldsmiths International Scholarship (2021) 
  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award (2014)
  • Pohlad Research Scholarship (2012) - fully funded summer of research
  • Shields Study Abroad Scholarship (2011) 
  • Light and Hope Award Scholarship (2011) 
  • O’Connor Service Scholarship (2011) 
  • AmeriCorps Student Leader in Service Scholarship (2011)
  • Presidential Scholarship (2009 – 2013) 


Chalhoub, Hailey, Domenique Ciavattone and Chris Wetzel. "I Wouldn't Classify Myself as an Activist:’ Reflections on Studying Contemporary Student Engagement." Humanity and Society (2016).

Mattina, Anne and Domenique Ciavattone. "Striking Women: Massachusetts Mill Workers in the wake of Bread and Roses, 1912-1913." Forrant, Robert and Julia Siegenthaler. The Great Lawrence Textile Strike of 1912: New Scholarship on the Bread & Roses Strike. Amityville: Baywood Publishing Company, Inc., (2014).