About GEO

Global connectedness is a cornerstone of the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s School of Education. Connections to students, scholars, colleagues, and organizations around the globe drive the ways we conceptualize and seek solutions to problems that we face locally, nationally, and globally. These connections inspire the creative visions and bodies of work produced by the artists, educators, researchers, and scholars within our school.

As a top ranked School of Education nationally and internationally, we value the incredible connections we have with alumni, colleagues, partner institutions, and friends of the School of Education around the globe. The newly-launched Global Engagement Office’s aim is to support our School in thinking, working, innovating, and partnering with individuals, communities, and groups around the globe. We also seek to ensure the School of Education is an inclusive space that celebrates the diversity of perspectives and lived experiences that are present in the School.

The Global Engagement Office’s work is guided by the Global Education Strategic Plan (September 2018), and focuses on:

  • Ensuring a global perspective is integrated in the School’s coursework and programs, and that departments and units are able to create programs open to students and visitors outside of the United States
  • Cultivating a School of Education community where international students and international visiting scholars find the supports needed to flourish in Madison
  • Supporting School of Education students’ efforts to pursue study abroad, study away, global internships, and fieldwork outside of the U.S., and working with faculty and departments to lead study abroad programs
  • Managing the School of Education’s institutional partnerships

Meet the GEO Staff

Kate McCleary

Associate Director



Global Engagement Coordinator


Guiding Principles

The School of Education’s research, scholarship, creative endeavors, teaching, and service will have a global scope and impact.

The School of Education’s global initiatives will reflect and reinforce the core values of reciprocity and solidarity among all participants.

Faculty, academic staff, and students will be able to carry out their work outside the United States with targeted support from professionals who are knowledgable about what is involved in carrying out international research, scholarship, and creative endeavors.

People within the SoE will sustain rich relationships with school districts, clinics, groups, institutes, galleries, performance venues, and community partners around the world.

Geographic boundaries will not prohibit innovative research, scholarship, creative endeavors, programming, and teaching with colleagues inside and outside the United States. Technologies will be leveraged to remove barriers and encourage diverse forms of collaboration and engagement.

The best students from around the world will be supported to study in the School of Education and all students will have the opportunity to learn from scholars, researchers, and artists from around the globe.

People who come from other countries to visit, study, collaborate, or work at the School of Education will be fully involved in shaping and participating in School programming and university life.

Students will have the opportunity to learn about their fields of study in ways that challenge and make them consider alternative viewpoints and theories, specifically through study abroad and globally-focused coursework.