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GATE Staff

Paul Streufert, Ph.D.
Executive Director
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Dr. Paul D. Streufert earned his B.A. in classics from Valparaiso University, and his M.A. in classics from Texas Tech University. He completed his Ph.D. in comparative literature at Purdue University in 2001. A faculty member in the Department of Literature and Languages since 2001, Dr. Streufert developed the Department's Latin program and taught ancient literature in translation. In 2009 he was named the founding director of the Honors Program at the University of Texas at Tyler. As a language teacher and leader of a UT Tyler travel study in 2006, Dr. Streufert is passionate about international education. He often cites his own experiences of spending a semester studying in Cambridge during his undergraduate years as a formative moment in his life and academic career.

Londa Jensen
GATE Coordinator
Office of Special Academic Programs lj

Londa Jensen joined The University of Texas at Tyler staff in February of 2014. She received her B.S. in Business Administration with a minor in Arabic and Middle East Studies from the University of Southern California. She completed her M.A. in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University. She has lived and worked abroad in Egypt and Iraq, focusing on education and entrepreneurship. 




Ana Carolina Martinez Paez
Graduate Assistant
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Ana Carolina Martinez Paez is an international student from Bogota, Colombia, and is currently seeking her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at UT Tyler. She has been a part of UT Tyler since 2011, after receiving an Associate Degree from Tyler Junior College. Ana Carolina came to The University of Texas at Tyler to complete her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

As an undergraduate student, Carolina had the sought out opportunities to further develop her skills and knowledge. Through work and research experience, particularly in the Psychology labs, Carolina learned to work with assessments and their evaluations. After graduating with her B.A., Carolina began her Master of Art in Clinical Mental Health Counselling. Then, in May 2012, drawing from her involvement around campus and previous experiences, she was able to become part of the GATE (Global Awareness through Education) program for UT Tyler as Graduate Research Assistant.

Now, while pursuing her Master's, Carolina contributes to the G.A.T.E. research efforts through data collection, administering surveys, gathering student and faculty evaluations, and helping with the assessment of the curriculum developed by the G.A.T.E. program for UT Tyler students.

Before moving to the U.S. to pursue her education, Carolina lived abroad in Australia where she started the ESL (English as a Second Language) program to improve her English language skills. That experience combined with other travel opportunities that ventured around South and Central America has played a significant role in increasing Carolina's awareness and appreciation of not only her own culture, but others cultures as well. Carolina hopes to use her multicultural experiences and awareness in her professional career of counseling and psychology. Carolina hopes to draw upon those life experiences and lessons to aid her in reaching her goal of helping a wide range of people.


Alaina Strehlastrehl
Undergraduate Assistant
Office of Special Academic Programs

Alaina Strehl is getting her Bachelor's degree in Nursing and Associate degree in Psychology here at UT Tyler. She will graduate in 2016. She has been on the Dean's List. Alaina is a part of both the Honor's and GATE program. She went on the trip to Brazil and Argentina and is very passionate about travel and learning about different cultures. Alaina would like to be able to work abroad as a nurse in different countries in need.