Martha Bloem

Martha Bloem is the Assistant Director of the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF), a fellowship program for professors, researchers, and public intellectuals facing threats to their lives and careers. In her role, Martha shares oversight of program operations, including scholar selection, scholar placement and assistance, grant administration, program policy development and implementation, and outreach. Prior to IIE-SRF, Martha supported international scholars funded for study at the University of Texas at Austin through scholarships founded on social justice missions. She also designed and implemented an IIE summer bridge program at Rice University to assist Iraqi scholars with integration into academic life in the U.S., and for two years served as the Program and Development Coordinator at the New York-based nonprofit Minds Matter, Inc. Martha holds a Master’s from the UT-Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs and a Bachelor’s in Anthropology also from UT-Austin. She has lived and worked in Australia, Brazil, and Ecuador.

Having grown up in two countries, constantly navigating different languages, cultures, and ways of life, I am inspired by MRC’s incredible work to integrate and celebrate Austin’s refugee population. Every person, without exception, deserves the opportunity to be an active member in the society in which he or she lives and MRC offers unique access to resources that can make this a reality for refugees seeking a community in which to thrive.