About Alliant International University
Alliant International University is a not-for-profit, private university. Alliant’s mission focuses on it's self-identity as a professional practitioner’s university: Alliant prepares students for professional careers of service and leadership, and promotes the discovery and application of knowledge to improve the lives of people in diverse cultures and communities around the world. The university addresses this work at its California campuses (San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Irvine, and Fresno), at it's Mexico City campus, and many and growing international programs in Japan, Viet Nam, China, Oman, and other international locations.  

The Alliant family of schools is comprised of five major schools that span multiple campuses:

  • California School of Forensic Studies (CSFS)
  • California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP)
  • Shirley M. Hufstedler School of Education (HSOE)
  • Alliant School of Management (MGSM)
  • San Francisco Law School (SFLS)

Alliant is the growth and advancement of its two legacy institutions of higher education: United States International University (USIU) and California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP). Alliant's exchange programs allow students to experience first-hand the cultures throughout the world. The school's enduring traditions -- internationalism and multiculturalism -- combine in a concept of public service expressed in practical professionalism. 

For more information about Alliant, visit www.alliant.edu

About I-MERIT at Alliant
The university’s I-MERIT (International and Multicultural Education, Research, Intervention and Training) was created in 2005 to advance the work of Alliant’s two legacy institutions in the areas of multicultural and international education. I-MERIT partners with all sectors of the university to create a multicultural and globally responsive university, working in three core areas:

  • Promoting diversity (including in race/ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and age) in students staff, administration, faculty, and Board members.
  • Creating a welcoming University and campus climate where all Alliant members feel included and affirmed.
  • Infusing all academic programs and curricula with multicultural and international content and relevant pedagogical approaches.

Click here to learn more about I-MERIT.


About the Shirley M. Hufstedler School of Education (HSOE)
The Shirley M. Hufstedler School of Education (HSOE), named after the renowned jurist and first United States Secretary of Education, is dedicated to preparing leaders who meet the educational needs of the twenty-first century.  To this end, HSOE integrates important transdisciplinary psychological, cross-cultural, and leadership concepts in all HSOE programs in educational leadership, educational psychology, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and teacher education.

HSOE is guided by the philosophy expressed in its SANKOFA Initiatives, providing the basis for all actions in the Graduate School of Education:

Stimulate intellectual vitality, create new knowledge and engender passion for the education profession;

Achieve international recognition in the field of education for our teaching, research and community outreach;

Network authentic partnerships through the Partners of Success model that will enhance the mutual well being of candidates, faculty and staffing of our Learning Communities;

Keep and perpetuate legacies of excellence as shared by a stakeholder coalition of alumni, faculty, candidates, administrators, Alliant board members, and friends for the Graduate School of Education;

Offer candidates in the Graduate School of Education a world class education that prepares them to establish a global community of learners and education specialists who advance society worldwide;

Facilitate an inclusive, creative, technologically sophisticated and materially supportive environment in which to prosper, work, recruit, mentor, and study; and,

Appreciate, celebrate and promote accomplishments and contributions from our Graduate School of Education and a diverse cadre of scholars.

* SANKOFA is derived from a proverb of the Akan people of Ghana. The words San (return), Ko (go), and Fa (look, seek, take) infer that an intelligent and patient quest for future knowledge and goals is informed by a critical examination of the wisdom of the past.

HSOE’s sponsorship of the Cultural Immersion Program in Mexico City is this focus made real, fostering and supporting opportunities for her students to reflect on, become a part of, and incorporate into their professional practice  the culture and learning that is Mexico. 

For more about HSOE, visit  http://www.alliant.edu/hufstedler