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Valdez (Counseling Psych) Receives Morgridge Public Service Grant

June 07, 2011

Asst. Professor Carmen Valdez has received a Morgridge Center for Public Service grant for her intervention work with Latino families.

Her project, Family-focused Intervention for Latino Families Affected by Parental Depression: A Community Collaboration, explores the feasibility of carrying out a community-based, family-focused intervention program for Latino parents suffering from depression. More than 15 students on her research team will participate in service-learning activities.

Valdez is one of a handful of UW-Madison scholars who received 11 matching grants totaling $334,739 to support service learning, community-based research or civic engagement work in the areas of education, environment and health.

"We are extremely fortunate to have such talented and passionate teams of faculty, staff and students who are working together with community partners to address emerging public needs," Nancy Mathews, director of the Morgridge Center, said in a prepared statement. "Their work makes a difference in the lives of people every day, both locally and abroad, and truly represents the spirit of the Wisconsin Idea. We are pleased to support them through the Morgridge Match Program in an effort to advance the university's service mission and strengthen the role that the Morgridge Center plays in preparing students to become civicly engaged citizens and leaders of the future."

The Morgridge Match Grant Program matches 50 percent of grants and gifts awarded to UW-Madison campus individuals or entities and community-campus partnerships for new projects that align with the Morgridge Center's mission and goals.

Faculty members are encouraged to explore ways to initiate or expand community-based research questions, service-learning or community service. Projects may focus on local, regional or international issues.

For more information on the program and how to apply, visit  and click on Faculty/Staff.

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