Education and Human Development

International initiatives

CEHD International Initiatives is focused on deepening relationships locally and globally. In fall 2023, CEHD is home to over 300 international students, representing 65 countries. Learn more about International Student Initiatives.

This year we are partnering with TRIO Student Support Services to integrate global perspectives in its programming, working with faculty to highlight the college’s Sustainable Development Goals contribution, and bettering support services for our international students. Globally we are focused on transitioning back to field work programming and collaboration. This means listening and responding to the current needs of our global partners. We are committed to fostering meaningful relationships that intentionally work to decolonize international engagement.

College of Education and Human Development Overview

CEHD Global Signature Grants – Call for Proposals 2024-2025

The CEHD Global Signature Grant is awarded to a faculty, P&A; staff, department, or center that proposes program initiatives or projects that demonstrate the college’s commitment to global engagement, meaningful relationships, and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The purpose of this grant program is to support and grow global engagement in CEHD. Individual or group projects are considered, with priority given to projects that are interdisciplinary. The application due is March 11, 2024.

CEHD Graduate Global Grant (G3)

CEHD Graduate Global Grant (G3) is an annual grant that offers funding up to $5,000 to one graduate student to support international research that demonstrates a commitment to global engagement. The application due is March 17, 2024.

Transform yourself and your future

Time abroad is more than just travel. Experiencing a new culture first-hand will expand and deepen how you think about the world, and yourself.  An international experience is often the single most important and rewarding activity a student engages in during their academic career.

Explore upcoming study abroad opportunities >

CEHD Visiting Scholars Program

These programs, offered in 4 or 12 month cohorts, are designed as an effective and structured visiting scholars program that supports international scholars from Kazakhstan in building knowledge and capacity in research methods, innovative teaching approaches, and academic leadership.

These are customized programs that include intensive schedule of academic seminars and workshops, on and off campus activities, and individualized time for research planning.

Learn more about the 12 month Research, Pedagogy, and Leadership program >

Learn more about the 5 month Research and Pedagogy program >

Program resources

    We partner with institutions from across the globe in exchanges, teaching, and research. Check out some of our program partnerships:

    If you're interested in a partnership between your institution and CEHD, contact Marina Alexio at

    The CEHD International Student Advisory Group was formed in 2021 to support, advocate, and provide resources for international students. The advisory group actionable strategic plan for 2022/2023 is focused on student grants, faculty training, and resource development.

    Learn more about International Student Initiatives >

    Learn more about student-led group >

    Scholars from around the world join our college community each year to further their research and teaching. These scholars contribute to our internationalization efforts and support our commitment to international collaboration. Read profiles of our 2023-2024 scholars.

    CEHD international initiatives is hosting scholars from Kazakhstan as part of the international visiting scholars program focused on Research, Pedagogy, and Leadership.

    CEHD's global fellowships and grants support both faculty and graduate students. 


    For graduate students 

    JRM Graduate Fellowship in Community Development 

    Students selected for the JRM Graduate Fellowship in Community Development will be engaged in an internship experience at the Mahendragram Higher Secondary School in Kathmandu, Nepal, for a period of six weeks.

    Mary Tjosvold Fellowship

    The Mary Tjosvold Fellowship is one of the few study abroad programs at the University of Minnesota that provides graduate students an opportunity to engage in graduate-level professional development through community-based work in a foreign country.

    Global Graduate Grants (3Gs)

    The Graduate Global Grant (G3) is an annual grant that offers funding up to $5,000 to one graduate student to support international research that demonstrates a commitment to global engagement.

    CEHD Sustainable Development Goals Initiative

    Sustainable Development Goals logo

    The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an urgent call for action by all countries. In alignment with the University, CEHD launched its own SDGs initiative.

    Learn more about the college's the SDGs Initiative.

    Office staff

    Marina Aleixo

    Marina B. Aleixo, PhD

    International Initiatives and Relations

    Lamia Shapiro

    Lamia Shapiro

    Education Abroad Coordinator

    Ainur Jumagaliyeva

    Program Supervisor

    Washington Galvao

    Washington Galvão

    Graduate Assistant

    Zhuldyz Amankulova

    Zhuldyz Amankulova, PhD

    Post-Doctoral Associate

     Satomi Mitani

    Satomi Mitani

    Graduate Assistant

    Tina Jeon

    Tina Jeon

    Graduate Assistant
    Program Coordinator

    Sophea Om

    Sophea Om

    Program Support