Through her experiences in the classroom and school community, Molano realized the urgent need to help children develop socio-emotional skills. Molano strongly believes that education is one of the most important and effective tools to help develop healthy and happy communities.

“My 'wow' moment was witnessing an extremely active group of people with such strong commitment to connect the knowledge developed in academia with the community,” Molano said. “Research findings are translated into action. It was life changing for me to experience such a great group of professionals that are willing to share their knowledge in such a generous way and in doing so, making profound impact in the lives of others.”

These experiences reflect the school's focus on the well-being of children, youth and families.

“I was truly surprised by how involved the [School of Social and Family Dynamics] is with the community and how individuals and community are always in the forefront of ideas and designs of projects and interventions to make a difference in people’s lives,” Aldarondo Hernandez said.

Both summer cohort students will return to ASU in February 2018 to attend and present at the first Diversity and Inclusion Science Initiative Graduate Research Conference

Article contribution by Arlyn Moreno Luna

John Keeney

Media Relations Coordinator, T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics