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. 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.

International Speaker Series

Together for Ukraine

March 30, 2022

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On February 24, 2022 Russia invaded Ukraine. Since then, we have all watched and read the stories of millions of people in Ukraine and around the world affected by this atrocity. We invite you to come together in support of our friends and colleagues in Ukraine. This is an opportunity to be in community with others that care and want to learn more about what is happening in Ukraine.


Renáta Tichá, PhD, is a Research Associate and a Co-Director of the Global Resource Center on Inclusive Education at the U of M’s Institute on Community Integration. Her international work has focused on issues of inclusive education, inclusive employment and the rights of people with disabilities in post-Soviet (Armenia, Ukraine). Ticha has been in collaboration in projects related to inclusion in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Pokrovske, Ivano-Frankivsk and Vyhoda. She and her colleagues has also hosted several visiting scholars from Ukraine here on campus. She is originally from the Czech Republic.

Guest Speakers

Sergiy Sydoriv teaches English to university students specializing in elementary education and English at Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University at Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine. Sergiy participated in the 2017 ADA Anniversary Inclusive Education Fellowship Program at the Institute on Community Integration. Since then Sergiy has been very active in promoting inclusion at his university and the region. He regularly visits local children’s shelters with his students, organizing fundraising events and activities to help patients. Sergiy will share a lived experience with the war in Ukraine.

Jaroslav Kantůrek, Consul General of the Czech Republic in Chicago and Onřej Pometlo, Deputy Head of Mission, Head of the Consular Department, will share updates on the Ukraine refugee crisis and how neighboring countries are responding.

Safia Dockter, CEHD Ukrainian student, will share her personal experience navigating this crisis as an international student separated from her family.

Previous events

View the September 2021 speaker session:
Internationalizing Your Domestic Career: International Career Advice

Looking for more? View the full 2020-21 international speaker series.

Study abroad opportunities

Global Change:
Community & Families in Thailand

Instructor: Catherine Solheim
Application deadline: March 1, 2022
Travel dates: May 14 - 29, 2022

Temple in Thailand

This interdisciplinary course uses social justice and human ecological lenses to examine global change that is occurring at the intersections among Thailand’s natural environment, communities, families, and culture. This is a Spring 2022 embedded course that includes additional meetings on campus and a local overnight retreat.

Taste of South Korea:
Culture, Language, and Education

Instructor: Marina Aleixo
Application deadline: April 1, 2022
Travel dates: August 1 - 17, 2022

Table setting of food in South Korea

This program explores South Korean culture, language, and education. Students will gain a deeper understanding of South Korea’s current educational systems, and its demands on students and teachers. Additionally, the course explores Korean history and society in the context of cultural traditions and social interactions. Seminars are led by local faculty and community experts. This is an embedded program that goes abroad in August then meets on-campus for classes for Fall Semester 2022.

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

Global Teacher Education Program

Our Global Teacher Education Program (GTEP) is a professional development program for educators. This intensive program provides participants the opportunity to learn about innovative teaching strategies and assessments used in U.S. schools, develop further their English language proficiency, and engage in experiential learning through classroom observations and school internships.

Learn more about GTEP

Visiting scholars

Scholars from around the world join our college community each year to further our research and teaching. Read profiles of our 2019-2020 scholars.

Each of our departments has its own policies and procedures for working with international scholars. If you're interested in being a visiting scholar, please contact the department directly.

Global fellowships

CEHD's global fellowships include support for faculty applying to the Fulbright Scholar Program, the JRM Graduate Fellowship in Community Development, and the Mary Tjosvold Fellowship.

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 Global Teacher Education Program (GTEP) initiative, a short-term professional development program designed for international educators.

Learn more about Marina Aleixo