Welcome to our New Program Coordinator

Welcome to our new Program Coordinator in Namibia, Alex Sikume!

Alex Sikume Staff PhotoAlex Sikume is the new Instructor for Political Science and Social Change.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Management majoring in Policy Analysis from School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, China. He further holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Political Science and Industrial Psychology from the University of Namibia.

Alex worked for the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development for ten years as a Development Planner dealing with issues of local government operations, administration and management. In 2011 he worked for the United Nations Development Programme as a Programme Officer. He further worked as Technical Advisor under the Building Local Capacity Project for Southern Africa within the Management Sciences for Health. Continue reading “Welcome to our New Program Coordinator”

CGEE Staff Biography – Peggy Johnson

Peggy Johnson joined the Center for Global Education and Experience as the Associate Director for Customized Programs in 2017. Peggy has been working in the field of international education and development for 15+ years and she is excited to join the CGEE team.  Her past experience includes working on education abroad programs for St. Cloud State University and also for World Learning/SIT Study Abroad, an education abroad provider that delivers experiential cross-cultural programs.  Peggy also worked for seven years in Tanzania and the Sudan with the Mennonite Central Committee, a relief, service and peace agency supported by the Mennonite Church in North America.

“I am excited to be at Augsburg,” Peggy said.  “Now more than ever our world needs the type of educational programming that CGEE provides its participants—programs that foster cross-cultural understanding and enable us to see one another as one human family, living together on one globe.”

CGEE Statement on Recent Executive Orders

The Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE) is committed to global education and intercultural experiences. The Center greatly values diversity of peoples and exchanges of culture that expand our appreciation and deepen our understanding of one another.

We have been committed to teaching and living the values of equity and inclusion and hospitality and social justice for more than 30 years and recent executive orders from U.S. President Donald J. Trump will not cause us to falter in that commitment.  While we are encouraged by the recent legal actions to these orders, we will continue to be engaged and vigilant.

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CGEE Staff Biography – Lamont Slater

Lamont Slater is an instructor and program coordinator for the Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE) for Southern Africa (Namibia). Lamont is a PhD Candidate at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morris Brown College in Atlanta , GA and a Masters of Arts  from St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas. Lamont has taught various History at Quinsigamond Community College and Anna Maria College, relating to Africa and the diaspora. He has a wealth of experience with teaching, student assessment ,student life, diversity and inclusion, and knowledge of the Southern African region.

His dissertation is on “The Reclassification of the Post-Colonial Enslavement period as genocide,” which includes a study of the Herero massacre in Namibia by the Germans. He is also fluent in German language.

CGEE Campus Visits

Want to meet in person with a CGEE representative? A mix of faculty, staff, and program consultants will be all across the US this September, October, and November!

To schedule a visit with a traveler, please email Lucy Hardaker (hardaker@augsburg.edu).

Who, Where, When (listed alphabetically by US state):

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CGEE Staff Biography – Attila Sá

Born in Fortaleza, Brazil, Attila has always been drawn to and fascinated by language and cultural diversity around the world. In 2015, he earned a B.A. in Sociology and French at Berea College in Kentucky. Attila has extensive experience working in diverse environments, having lived in Brazil, Italy, Senegal and Namibia. With React & Change, a nationwide coalition of youth social-entrepreneurs, Attila helped organize and promote Brazil’s first Youth Empowerment Forum in 2011, which gathered youth activists working on gender inequity issues in the country. In the summer of 2012, Attila interned at Broto Onlus in Italy, where he managed the communication between Broto’s office in Italy and the NGO’s in Brazil and Tanzania that receive financial support from the Onlus. Attila also served with CIPFEM, an NGO in Dakar, Senegal that focuses on women leadership and the education of girls, and created a photography club where young girls learn basic photography skills and are encouraged to communicate their life stories through photography. During his senior year in college, Attila became the Education Abroad Student Manager at Berea College’s Center for International Education, where he had a chance to give back to his community by empowering other students to study, intern and volunteer internationally.

Attila Sá is the current International Resident Advisor at CGEE Southern Africa. In this position, Attila serves as a bridge between staff and students. He provides all-around support to students in their adaptation to living and learning in Southern Africa, and assists program coordinators in the planning, execution and evaluation of programming. After having his life so positively impacted by his experiences abroad, Attila has become an avid advocate for international education.

CGEE Staff Biography – Amber Ramirez

In 2014, Amber earned her B.A. in Spanish/Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies/Philosophy from Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Amber was a CGEE student of the “Migration and Globalization: Engaging in Our Communities” program in the Spring of 2013. She was drawn to CGEE’s program due to CGEE’s commitment to collectively build and foster a healthy, critical, and transformative learning environment surrounding local and global conditions of social justice and oppression.

Amber grew up in the border of El Paso, Texas and Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua and her experience abroad in Cuernavaca, México through the “Migration and Globalization: Engaging with our Communities” program provided her with a new understanding of the effects of immigration, human rights, and sociocultural barriers faced by many Central, Southern and Northern Mexican communities as well as Central and Southern American communities in Mexico and the United States. Her academic and social interests involve social justice issues, gender and women studies, immigration/migration, and human rights.

As an International Resident Assistant/Fellow for the CGEE Mexico academic programs, Amber continues to further her knowledge in human rights and social justice issues through her internship with the “Comisión Independiente de Derechos Humanos de Morelos, AC” . She also feels it is important to encourage students to pursue their passions and believes that one of the most important tools for the knowledge and pillars of continued learning and holistic education is rooted in community-based experiential learning. On her free time she enjoys reading, exploring the complexities of immigration, hearing stories, and being with students and staff.

CGEE Staff Biography – Ruth Garrido

Ruth Magaly Garrido Gómez is a Guatemalan citizen who received a bilingual degree at the Instituto Guatemalteco Americano (IGA), and then studied business in Stow, Ohio from 1993 to 1995.  After working at the Akron Music Center in administrative accounting, Ruth returned to Guatemala where she handled all programming and interpretation for North American student groups as the Associate Director for Central America Study and Service (SEMILLA) from 1996 to 1999.  Ruth has also served as the Co-Coordinator for Sister Parish Linkage, accompanying North American Sister Parish delegations to Guatemala.  Ruth also work as the Coordinator of handicraft projects for the Sharing the Dream Organization.  Ruth has been working for CGEE for nine years in different positions, currently she is the Study Abroad Facilitator in the Central American Region, and travels with the students throughout the Semester Program.

CGEE Staff Biography – Maren Stoddard Mack

Maren Stoddard Mack is the Recruitment and Outreach Specialist in CGEE.  She advises Augsburg students as they navigate their off-campus study choices—there are so many great opportunities for Auggies!  She also gets to spend a little time on the road promoting Augsburg Global Campus programs at other colleges and universities.

Maren holds a BA in Scandinavian Studies from Gustavus Adolphus College, and an MA in Comparative and International Development Education from the University of Minnesota. Previous to joining Augsburg, Maren worked in a few positions at the University of Minnesota, including as an intercultural adjustment instructor for international students.

Study Abroad isn’t just a job for Maren—she knows firsthand that it can be a life-changing experience.  She spent her junior year of college studying culture and language in Sweden; she then lived in Tsuruga City, Japan for three years working as an assistant English teacher.  While in Japan, Maren picked up a love for taiko drumming, which she still practices here in Minneapolis.  In her remaining free time, Maren likes to take walks around Minneapolis with her family, and taste the flavors of the world at Midtown Global Market!

CGEE Staff Biography – Albertina Shifotoka

Albertina is the Site Director for the Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE) for Southern Africa (Namibia). She provides leadership to the faculty and staff at the Southern Africa campus and ensures the implementation of the Augsburg college policies at this campus. Albertina is the instructor for the course “Racism and resistance in Southern Africa and the United States – struggles against colonialism, apartheid and segregation.  She is delighted for an opportunity to join the CGEE team and looking forward to offer an unforgettable global experience to all our students, staff and faculty that will get a chance to visit the Namibian campus.


Albertina holds a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Change Management from the Polytechnic of Namibia, as well as a Master’s Degree in Development studies, majoring in population studies, poverty and social policies from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, The Netherlands. She is further certified in Econometrics and on Strategic Project Management. Albertina undergraduate degree is in Education, with a major in adult and non-formal education from the University of Namibia.  Albertina worked for the University of Namibia as a researcher for eight years. During this time, Albertina conducted research studies in various areas such as Community Based Natural Resource Management, Urban poverty and service delivery, awareness on climate change, migration and poverty, political development in Southern Africa, gander-based violence and contributory factors to road crashes in Namibia, among many others. In 2009, Albertina worked for the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund of Namibia as a senior Research and data officer, responsible for coordinating the Fund’s research projects and manage organizational information.