International initiatives

CEHD International Initiatives is focused on deepening relationships locally and globally. In Fall 2021, CEHD is home to over 300 international students, representing 57 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.

CEHD International Speaker Series

Financial Education in the Brazilian Basic School

May 4, 2023
1:30 – 2:30PM
375 McNeal Hall
St. Paul Campus

RSVP for this Speaker Series event.
Refreshments provided

Michele will discuss the importance of financial literacy and financial education in the Brazilian context. She will also share her perspectives about paths to financial literacy in schools, specifically examining the similarities and differences between Brazil and the U.S., and where she sees opportunities for research and teacher education.

Michele Debus de França, is a Visiting Scholar in the Family Social Science department in CEHD. She is working with Drs. Cathy Solheim and Joyce Serido. Michele is a licensed mathematics high school teacher and a PhD candidate in Accounting in the College of Economics, Management, Accounting and Actuarial Sciences at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. While in Minnesota for 6 months, Michele is shaping her dissertation research about financial literacy culture. She is meeting with key education and community leaders and U of MN scholars about financial education to learn how Minnesota is implementing personal finance standards in high schools.

CEHD Graduate Global Grant (G3)

Call for Proposal

Application due: April 10, 2023

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.

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 4 month Research and Pedagogy program.

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 SDG Initiative.


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

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

International Student Initiatives

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

Visiting scholars

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 2022-2023 scholars.

In 2022, CEHD international initiatives is hosting 14 international visiting scholars from Kazakhstan as part of its first Bolashaq scholars program focused on Research and Leadership.

Global fellowships & grants

CEHD's global fellowships and grants support both faculty and graduate students. Global Signature Grant and Fulbright Scholar Program are for faculty. Summer internship opportunities (JRM Graduate Fellowship in Community Development and the Mary Tjosvold Fellowship) and Global Graduate Grants (3Gs) are for graduate students.

About the director

Marina Aleixo

Marina B. Aleixo, PhD
International Initiatives and Relations

Marina's work involves developing and negotiating global partnerships on behalf of CEHD with institutions from around the world. Maria also leads the International Student Initiatives, a short-term professional development program designed for international educators.

Learn more about Marina Aleixo