Dr. Sage Receives Stone Soup Award


David Braz

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College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines


Dr. Melanie Sage, a faculty member of the Social Work Department, was recently awarded the Public Scholar Award at the Center for Community Engagement's 2013 Stone Soup Awards Program and Luncheon. The award honors those who engage in University/community partnerships, and this is the second consecutive year social work faculty have received this prestigious award. Melanie was nominated by a fellow faculty member for consideration.

She coordinates two grant projects which both focus on improving services to at-risk American Indian children in North Dakota. One project is funded by the ND Supreme Court and includes an audit the state's Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) compliance. The other grant, funded by the Children's Bureau, focuses on assessing promising practices for working toward child safety with Native American families when they are brought to the attention of child welfare agencies.

Dr. Sage illustrates the compassion and caring attitude we seek to instill in all of our students, and we commend her for her continued efforts of addressing societal issues. Congratulations to Dr. Sage for this prestigious award.

Grand Forks County Social Services, nominated by the Social Work Department, was named the outstanding community partner at the UND awards ceremony.