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'Falling Behind' eReview Wins University Award for Writing

The University of Minnesota Extension publication, Falling Behind: Understanding the Educational Disparities Faced by Immigrant Latino Students in the U.S. (PDF), has won a University of Minnesota Communicators Forum 2017 Maroon Award. The award was presented June 8 at the Communicators Forum annual conference, "Elevate."

2017 Maroon Award plaque

Issued in April 2016, the "Falling Behind" publication was chosen as an award-winning piece in the "Writing: Long Feature" category. This is the second year in a row that an Extension Children, Youth & Consortium eReview has won this award. And this year, the University of Minnesota Communicators Forum (UMCF) received a record-number of entries.

Maroon & Gold Awards are presented annually to UMCF members whose work exemplifies the University’s core values: excellence, innovation, effectiveness, integrity, diversity, collaboration, sharing of knowledge, accountability, stewardship, and service. Maroon Awards are given to entries deemed by the judges to be of exceptional merit.

The five judges, who are not affiliated with the University, are selected for their general knowledge of successful communications for a nonprofit, post secondary institution of the University's size and status. One judge commented, "Each part is broken out so if you don't have a background in these areas, you can understand it. It was well done."

"Falling Behind" was written, edited, and designed by a team of Extension and community professionals. Hannah Jastram Aaberg, communications associate and UMCF member, submitted the publication.

The publication was the 11th issue of the Children's Mental Health eReview.

Team members for this issue were:

  • Silvia Alvarez de Davila, Ph.D., University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development
  • Cari Michaels, M.P.H., University of Minnesota Extension Children, Youth & Family Consortium
  • Monica Hurtado, Voices of Racial Justice, Racial Justice and Health Equity Organizer
  • Mitch Roldan, El Colegio Charter School, Dean of Students/Parents Liaison
  • Isabel Duran-Graybow, Youth Development Clinic Based Project, Aqui Para Ti School/College Connector
Editor: Jennifer Skuza, Ph.D., University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development
Technical Editor: Mary Vitcenda, B.A., University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development
Design: Jessica Barnes, B.S., University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development, Communications Associate and UMCF member

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