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.

Study Away Opportunity in Spring 2022: KIN 4028 - The Impact of the Olympic Games on Los Angeles

In 2028, Los Angeles will host the Summer Olympic Games for a third time, joining London, England and Paris, France as the only cities to host the Summer Olympics three times. What will happen to Los Angeles and the United States after they host the 2028 Summer Olympic Games? Will the 2028 Summer Olympic Games be as successful as the previous two Los Angeles Summer Olympic Games? This course will explore these questions as well as the impact of each of these three Los Angeles Summer Olympic Games on Los Angeles, the United States as well as the world. Part of the course is spring break travel to Los Angeles to visit Olympic related sites.

Mary Tjosvold Fellowship 2020: Thailand

The Mary Tjovold ("Mary T.") Scholars program 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. With airfare and most living expenses included in the program, this is not only a unique opportunity to build cultural awareness, but one of the most affordable opportunities for graduate student participation.

All CEHD graduate students are eligible to apply for this program. Learn more about the program, and the 2020 work in Chiang Khong, Thailand.

CEHD students in Thailand
Crystal Lee, PhD student in OLPD in the Higher Education program. Lisa Thao, Master of Social Work

Partnerships

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 aleix001@umn.edu.

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.

International Speaker Series

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

About

Marina Aleixo headshot

Marina Aleixo

Director
aleix001@umn.edu

Marina B. Aleixo, PhD, is Program Director of International Initiatives and Relations at the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at the University of Minnesota. Her work involves developing and negotiating global partnerships on behalf of CEHD with institutions from around the world. As program director, her focus is on developing new opportunities for international collaboration, research, and worldwide partnerships, particularly in the area of teacher and faculty education and training. Marina also leads the Global Teacher Education Program (GTEP) initiative, a short-term professional development program designed for international educators.

Marina’s research and scholarship explores the experiences of immigrant students and families. Currently she is involved in two international research projects. Multi-national Exploration of the School Experience of Somali Immigrant and Refugee Students examines the experience of Somali youth in Sweden, Netherlands, and England. The study explores how immigration policies in each country impact these school experiences. Supporting Refugees through Family Separation: Ambiguous Loss for Cambodian American Minnesotans documents the experience of recently deported Cambodian refugees in Cambodia, and their families left behind in Minnesota. Domestically, Marina has been involved in a collaborative multi-institutional research study that documents the college experiences of immigrant students.

Marina teaches courses that explore immigration policy and its impact on student school and community experiences. Her course, Borderland, Education Policy, and the Immigrant Student Experience examines the historical marginalization of immigrant and underrepresented students and families in the US educational system. This spring semester course also includes a one-week experience over spring break to Tucson, Arizona where students work with organizations that support migrants during the border crossing process. Marina also teaches Taste of South Korea: Culture, Language, and Education, a comparative international education course that evaluates and compares current US and Korean educational systems. The course also explores the historical background of Korean education, and its impact on current social, political and educational policies.

  • CI 5150 Borderland, Education Policy, and the Immigrant Student Experience
  • EDHD 3100/5100 Taste of South Korea: Culture, Language, and Education

Selected Publications

Stebleton, M. & Aleixo, M. (2016). Black African Immigrant College Students' Perceptions of Belonging at a Predominately White Institution (PWI). Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition.

Stebleton, M. & Aleixo, M. (2015). Examining undocumented Latino/a student interactions with faculty and institutional agents. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 1-18.

Aleixo, M., Hansen, S., Horii, S. & Un, S. (2014). Theory ain’t practice: Four novice researchers navigate dilemmas of representation within immigrant populations. Diaspora, Indigenous and Minority Education, 8, 32-43.