McBrien and Adams earn recognition from Global Friends Coalition

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School of Medicine & Health Sciences


On May 2, the Global Friends Coalition awarded occupational therapy graduate students Julia McBrien and Emily Adams the Occupational Therapy Student Award in recognition of their valuable contributions to Global Friends Coalition. The commitment they demonstrated to their New American family was above and beyond expectations. They exemplified compassion, problem solving, empathy, and engagement while working with their family. They always kept a positive attitude and a smile on their face.

Global Friends and the OT department have had an ongoing collaboration since 2014, partnering students with New Americans. The goal is to help New Americans connect to the greater Grand Forks community and provide students with the foundational skills for addressing occupational deprivation and advocating for clients. It has been extremely beneficial to both the New American family and the students, fostering ongoing friendship and support.

Cynthia Shabb and Kathryn Kester

Global Friends Coalition



Denis F. MacLeod

Assistant Director, Office of Alumni and Community Relations

University of North Dakota

School of Medicine and Health Sciences

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