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UW-Madison’s Unal recognized as an ‘Extra Mile Award Winner’

September 30, 2018

UW-Madison’s Cidgem Unal was honored earlier this month at the 14th annual Rhumba 4 Rainbow benefit to support The Rainbow Project.

Unal was recognized on Friday, Sept. 21, at Union South as one of the organization’s “Extra Mile Award Winners.”  She is director of UW-Madison’s Office of Child Care and Family Resources, which is administratively housed within the School of Education. In this role, Unal is responsible for the coordination of all five early education and care programs affiliated with UW-Madison and works with UW System programs to provide a network of early care and education services for UW-Madison students, faculty and staff.

Cigdem Unal
Unal was recognized by The Rainbow Project “for possessing the qualities essential for a strong and effective leader. Not only is she knowledgeable of cutting-edge techniques for early childhood education and the significance of quality child care, but her understanding of larger systems and her direct experience chisel a solid depth and base of understanding and vision of what the capacity of child and family health and wellness can be. Cigdem also possesses the qualities that are most difficult, if not impossible, to teach: passion, dedication, courage and confidence. Whether one-on-one with a child in need or training and advocating larger systems, her excitement, kindness and respect always build bridges. The Rainbow Project is proud of its partnership with her and the UW and she inspires all of us with her determination and resilience.”

The Rainbow Project provides restorative healing and hope for young children and their families who have experienced trauma, helping them build a foundation for the mastery of life-sustaining skills. The Rainbow Project serves families with young children, primarily ages 10 –and-under, in Dane County and the surrounding areas.

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