PhD student passes Miss Arizona Latina crown to W. P. Carey junior

April 19, 2019

"Our culture is our biggest pride, and that pride will be our success."

That is the phrase Yulissa Felix kept repeating throughout her journey as a contestant in the Miss Arizona Latina competition, a journey that will soon take her across the country to compete in the Miss U.S. Latina pageant. Yulissa Felix, right, was named the winner of the Miss Arizona Latina competition last month. Felix wears a floor-lenght hot pink gown with a slit up the leg. She is holding flowers and wearing a crown. Next to her is the teen pageant winner, in white. W. P. Carey School of Business junior Yulissa Felix (right) was crowned the winner of the Miss Arizona Latina competition last month. Next to her is the winner of the teen pageant. Photo by Gorka Gava Photography Download Full Image

Felix, a junior in the W. P. Carey School of Business pursuing bachelor’s degrees in management and human resources, was named the winner of the Miss Arizona Latina competition last month. She was crowned by the previous year’s titleholder, Nancy Gomez, who is a doctoral student in Spanish with a specialization in Mexican American literature.

Felix originally wanted to wait until after she graduated from ASU to enter the competition, but she said Gomez inspired her to enter this year. Felix said she was shocked when she heard her name called as the winner of the pageant, but that her initial surprise quickly melted into pride and gratitude.

“I worked hard and prepared myself for this competition, and it felt good knowing that it was reflected on stage,” Felix said. “I feel super honored to have been given the privilege to represent our Arizona Latina women this year.”

She also represents ASU through a number of extracurricular activities. Felix works in the front office of the School of International Letters and Cultures. She is the president of Sigma Lambda Gamma, a multicultural sorority, and is involved with the Fraternity and Sorority Life sexual violence prevention program. She is also a member of the Hispanic Business Students Association.

Gomez, who went on to win the Miss U.S. Latina pageant as well last year, said Felix is the perfect candidate to take over her title.

“I truly believe that she is very deserving of the title,” Gomez said. “She is a very intelligent and confident woman, active in her community and, most importantly, she embraces her Latino heritage to the maximum.”

Felix also received the Miss Excellence Award at the pageant, which is given to the contestant with the best interview. In August, she will travel to Atlanta to participate in the Miss U.S. Latina competition.

“With the help of the Miss Arizona Latina team, I will prepare myself for this national competition in the hope of bringing the crown back to Arizona, just like Nancy Gomez did a year ago,” Felix said. “For me, the crown represents how proud I am of being a minority woman, a Latina. It represents the growth we have had from generation to generation.”

Kimberly Koerth

Content Writer, School of International Letters and Cultures

Cybersecurity expert joins ASU as professor of practice

April 19, 2019

Peter W. Singer, a new professor of practice in the School of Politics and Global Studies, was in Tempe this semester to begin filming for a course within Arizona State University’s global security online master’s degree program.

Singer is also a faculty member with the Center on the Future of War, a strategist and senior fellow at New America, the author of multiple award-winning books and one of the world's leading experts on 21st-century security issues. Peter Singer professor of practice in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University Peter W. Singer. Download Full Image

Singer shared that he was drawn to the MA in global security due to the dynamic topics and people within the program.

“(This degree) is trying to approach core, important issues in a new way,” said Singer. “I very much appreciated that.”

The MA in global security — which will celebrate its third graduating class this May — is an interdisciplinary, 30-credit online program that trains students to critically engage in issues of global conflict and international security.

The program includes educational material from some of the country’s leading experts and thought leaders on national and international security.

“Peter Singer brings extraordinary insight and expertise on the changing character of war and conflict to the online MA in global security and will be a key contributor to our efforts to link ASU with major thought leaders impacting security policy and practice,” said Daniel Rothenberg, professor of practice in the School of Politics and Global Studies, co-director of the Center on the Future of War, and a senior fellow at New America.

Singer has published a number of books including "Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry," "Children at War," "Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century," "Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know" and "Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War." His most recent book is "LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media."

He has also worked as a consultant for the U.S. military, the Defense Intelligence Agency and the FBI, as well as advised a wide-range of technology and entertainment programs, including for Warner Brothers, DreamWorks, Universal, HBO and the video game series Call of Duty.

For his next project, Singer is looking to turn his sights to artificial intelligence and the implications it has on politics, war and society at large.

Learn more about Singer’s background and why he came to ASU:

Matt Oxford

Manager of marketing and communications, School of Politics and Global Studies