MFRI director invited to meeting at White House

February 19, 2014  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, executive director of the Military and Family Research Institute (MFRI) at Purdue University, has been invited to attend a meeting at the White House on Thursday (Feb. 20).

Joining Forces executive director Col. Rich Morales invited MacDermid Wadsworth to learn about the work of MFRI. Joining Forces is a national initiative of First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden that is focused on military families. MFRI has met with staff members in the past and participated in early discussions that eventually led to the creation of Joining Forces. This will be the first meeting between MFRI and Col. Morales as executive director.

"It's a great honor to be invited, and I'm very proud of the work that MFRI staff do and the support MFRI receives from Purdue," MacDermid Wadsworth said.

In addition to discussing MFRI's current projects and programs, MacDermid Wadsworth also hopes to talk about community collaborations.

About the Military Family Research Institute: The Military Family Research Institute was founded in 2000 with funding from the Department of Defense. It is the leading university-based organization in the nation that conducts research about, with and for military families. MFRI is part of the Center for Families in Purdue's College of Health and Human Sciences.

About Joining Forces: Joining Forces is a national initiative to engage all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned. Since the first days of the Administration, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden have met with military families, learned about their successes and challenges, and made it their priority to support them. 

Writer: Liz Evans, 765-494-2084,   

Source: Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, 765-494-3403,

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