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Partnering for School Success Team Receives Dean’s Diversity and Inclusion Award

This October, University of Minnesota Extension Dean Durgan honored the Partnering for School Success team with the Dean’s Diversity and Inclusion Award.

L to R: Dean Durgan, Kathleen Olson, Silvia Alvarez de Davila, Patrick Jirik,
Patricia Olson, Mary Marczak, Karen Shirer, Antonio Alba Meraz

The Partnering for School Success (PSS) program is implemented by Extension in partnership with Faribault Middle Schools and Triton Public Schools, serving the cities of Dodge Center, West Concord, and Claremont in southwestern Minnesota. The culturally and linguistically relevant model built by this team helps create system changes in schools, families, and the Latino Community. The team is dedicated to creating environments that are resilient, healthy, and secure for immigrant families as they overcome obstacles and support their children in graduating from high school and seeking higher education.

One way the team helps immigrant families support their children in seeking higher education is by taking field trips to the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus. Read more here: Partnering for School Success Participants Tour U of M.

The PSS program is supported through federal funding from Children, Youth and Families at Risk (CYFAR) and made possible by:
  • Extension: Silvia Alvarez de Davila, Antonio Alba Meraz, Emily Becher, Patrick Jirik, Jeanne Laqua, Heather Lee, Mary Marczak, Kathleen Olson, Patricia Olson, Karen Shirer, and Maria Villarraga
  • Triton Public Schools: Gabriela Burk, Luke Lutterman, and Nancy Stucky
  • Faribault Middle Schools: Kelly McDermott, Michael Meihak, Zulema Nieves, Heidi Oanes, and Todd Sesker

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