The Children, Youth & Family Consortium (CYFC) bid farewell to one graduate research assistant, Nora Fox, and welcomed a new assistant, Makshita “Maks” Luthra, on January 19. Nora graduated from the School of Social Work in December and has accepted a position with a local social agency. Nora was instrumental in launching the partnership with Bruce Vento Elementary School in St. Paul. For more about Nora's experience as a research assistant with CYFC, see her recent blog post, Where Real Learning Happens.
Maks is a graduate student in the School of Public Health’s Public Health Administration and Policy program. Before coming to the University of Minnesota, Maks worked as a dentist at a charitable dental hospital in India and volunteered with a non-profit organization conducting analysis and research on the needs of institutionalized children. She also mentored young girls to help them identify their strengths and work toward goals to live independently. Because of her interests in working with diverse communities, addressing health disparities and community health needs, and her experience measuring program outcomes, she will be of great assistance to CYFC as the team completes the evaluation phase of the Bruce Vento partnership.