Center for International Education, Development & Research

Center for International Education, Development & Research (CIEDR)

Wendell W. Wright Education Building, Room 2270

201 N. Rose Avenue

Bloomington, IN 47405

(812) 855-0447 phone or (812) 855-3838 phone

(812) 855-0455 fax

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST

Arlene Benitez, Interim Director

Arlene Benitez serves as Interim Director for CIEDR and as Project Director for the USAID-funded Masters in Education (MEP) program, a partnership between Indiana University and the University of Juba focused on developing a Masters of Education in Emergencies Program at the University of Juba to prepare educational leaders in South Sudan and assisting South Sudanese universities and the education system to promote social cohesion, peace building, and conflict mitigation. Prior to MEP, she served as Program Director for SSHIELD, a program aimed at increasing gender equity and women’s leadership in South Sudan. During her time at Indiana University, she has also managed international education projects in Afghanistan, Turkey, Armenia, Malawi, Ecuador, and India. Prior to her work at IU, Ms. Benitez started her career as social studies and English teacher in Los Angeles and later held the position of Assistant Director for Civitas International Programs at the Center for Civic Education, a U.S. based NGO, where she managed civic education partnerships in Latin America, Europe and Eurasia, and the Middle East. Her academic interests include education in conflict and crisis settings, human rights education, and gender inclusive education. To contact Arlene Benitez, please e-mail her at