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Monday, October 21 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Lightning Session: Strategically Fostering Community and Faculty Connections: Marquette's President's Challenge

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In January, 2018, Marquette University announced the President’s Challenge Award, designed to put the University’s Community Engagement Strategic Plan into action. The Award connects faculty, staff, and students with community partners; each applicant team is required to have faculty from humanities, STEM, and social sciences, and have at least one major community partner. In this presentation, we describe the process of this initiative and the first winner of the award, “Next Step Clinic: A Partnership Targeting Mental and Developmental Health for Milwaukee’s Underserved Children and Families.” Ten Marquette faculty from eight departments and five colleges partnered with Mental Health America of Wisconsin, Next Door Foundation, two area church networks, and other nonprofits to develop the proposal. This proposal will seek out and serve families adversely impacted by racial and socioeconomic health disparities, with a focus on families who are impacted by trauma and developmental delays. The clinic will be located at a community partner, Nextdoor Foundation. Marquette Communications students will build marketing media campaigns, and Marquette Computer Science students will build a software platform to ease communications amongst the team, families, and clinicians. Psychology, Counseling, and Speech Pathology graduate students will provide direct clinical services to families while under the supervision of licensed Marquette clinical faculty. Impacts will include immediate abatement of a community need, while also addressing capacity by training more future clinicians and professionals. Ways in which a university can motivate faculty to partner with community agencies, while fulfilling education and strategic mission initiatives, will be detailed.

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Amy Van Hecke

Associate Professor, Psychology, Marquette University
Dr. Van Hecke is a developmental psychologist, an associate professor of psychology at Marquette University, and Executive Co-director of the Next Step Autism and Trauma Clinic. She studies the effects of evidence-based interventions, for preschoolers, adolescents, and young adults... Read More →


Monday October 21, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Washington C 1200 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA

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