Tillman Center recognizes key players in support of ASU’s veteran students

January 22, 2020

In a small ceremony on Dec. 12, 2019, hosted by former director of veteran services for the Pat Tillman Veterans Center Steve BordenBeginning January 2020, Steve Borden assumes a new position as vice president for military programs at National University in La Jolla, California., two members from The College at Arizona State University were honored with the Pat Tillman Veterans Center Honor Roll.

The recipients were Paul LePore, associate dean in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Instructor Jennifer Brougham from the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics. At the intimate gathering, both LePore and Brougham were surprised when Borden invited them up to receive their special honor. Picture of two people walking down a hallway with Pat Tillman graphics on one wall. Pat Tillman Veterans Center Download Full Image

LePore was recognized for his unwavering support of ASU’s student veterans, and for his work over the years with Salute to Service

“The work we have been able to do in support of our student veterans and active duty military represents some of the most meaningful and memorable aspects of my time spent here at ASU,” LePore said. “None of this, however, would have been possible without the support and leadership provided by Capt. Steve Borden and the Tillman Veterans Center staff.”

Jennifer Brougham received her honor for continually going above and beyond for all of her student veterans while providing unparalleled service to those deployed.

“It has been an honor to work with the Pat Tillman Veterans Center as well as my privilege to work with the ASU students, especially the veteran students while guest lecturing with the SuccessThe Success course offered by the Tillman Center is designed to assist veterans in transitioning to ASU. course and my other classes,” Brougham said. “I am so grateful to Steve Borden and Dean LePore for their assistance in working with me as I started on the journey of putting together a course remembering the Military Family.”

Picture of Jennifer Brougham and Paul LePore holding their certificates with Steve Borden.

From left: Jennifer Brougham, Paul LePore and Steve Borden. Photo courtesy of the Pat Tillman Veterans Center. 

Brougham created FAS 410: Working with Military Families in 2016 in cooperation with the Tillman Center. 

Open to majors from all disciplines, FAS 410 is offered each fall with no prerequisites (non-certificate). The course provides students with an increased understanding of the challenges faced by military families and prepares them to provide assistance to this unique community.

“Establishing the Working with Military Families certificate ensures that her positive influence will have impact well beyond the physical boundaries of the institution," Borden said. "Jennifer brings great credit upon herself and Arizona State University.”

Receiving the Pat Tillman Veterans Center Honor Roll recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication by LePore and Brougham in serving the veteran community. But it is also clear that the Tillman Center continues to play an important role in the success of veteran students at ASU.

“The Tillman Center has been and continues to be an integral partner in our college’s new student recruiting efforts and our student success initiatives,” LePore said. “They are a welcomed collaborator, working alongside our faculty on a variety of research and teaching initiatives focused on veterans and the military — case in point, FAS 410.”

John Keeney

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


Mellon Projecting All Voices Fellowship now accepting applications from underrepresented artists

January 22, 2020

Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and ASU Gammage are now accepting applications for the Mellon Projecting All Voices Fellowship from artists living in Arizona, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado, and Native American artists within the geographic Southwest.

Funded by a grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Projecting All Voices Fellowship supports underrepresented artists from the Southwest who are interested in exploring issues of racial equity in the arts, engaging with an educational institution and participating in an intergenerational mentorship cohort.  Photo of work by Carolina Aranibar Fernandez Trenzando, work by former fellow Carolina Aranibar-Fernandez, was supported by Projecting All Voices. Photo by Katie Ann Franklin, courtesy of Carolina Aranibar-Fernandez. Download Full Image

“The Mellon Foundation’s support of the Projecting All Voices Fellowship offers ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and ASU Gammage an extraordinary opportunity to collaborate as impact partners to support the advancement of underinvested artists and communities within Arizona and throughout the Southwest region,” said Tiffany Ana López, director of the School of Film, Dance and Theatre and senior adviser to the dean for equity practices and engagement. “Programs like this strengthen our regional arts ecosystem with the benefit of also bolstering the diversity of voice and quality of engagement in institutions of higher education.”

The fellowship is a program within the Projecting All Voices initiative, which seeks transformation in educational and cultural institutions to enable the full expression of all creative voices. Projecting All Voices supports equity and inclusion in arts and design, focusing on curricular change in arts and design colleges as well as civic and social practices in arts and design that create equitable communities. 

Through the fellowship, artists are able to advance ideas and projects that investigate identity, cultural heritage, power, race, policy, ability and/or place and community. Fellows will work with communities underrepresented in higher education and art institutions as that work relates to their own interests and creative practices. They will receive support through mentorship, research, professional development, networking, opportunities to present or cultivate projects and more.  

“The Mellon Projecting All Voices Fellowship is timely in its support of underrepresented artists, and it continues to provide a holistic approach to career advancement through a lens of racial equity within the Southwest region,” said Gabriela Muñoz, senior program manager. “Supporting the artistic process of these artists and providing institutional resources to them on an individualized basis allows for the fellows to be co-designers of their own advancement as they engage in reciprocal learning that benefits their own careers, their peers and their diverse communities.” 

ASU Gammage will support the Mellon Projecting All Voices fellows through mentorship and collaboration with Beyond Series artists, and act as a resource in the success of the initiative, bringing more than 25 years of experience featuring and elevating the work of nationally and internationally acclaimed artists of color from underrepresented communities.

“ASU Gammage is honored to be continuing the partnership with Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts in advancing the Mellon Projecting All Voices Fellowship,” said Michael Reed, senior director of Programs and Organizational Initiatives at ASU Gammage. “Contributing to a more equitable and representative cultural landscape through PAV Fellows artistic growth and access to multiple cultural network(s) are key focuses that ASU Gammage is excited to support towards evolving the artistic practice and capacity of the future fellows.”

The Mellon Projecting All Voices Fellowship will take place between April 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2020. Residency in Arizona during the fellowship is not required, but travel will be scheduled to visit the campus and learn from and with Arizona’s communities during the fellowship. The Mellon Projecting All Voices Fellowship is designated for artists whose artistic practice is rooted in the Southwest region, who desire additional support in terms of mentorship, research, professional development, networking, instruction and opportunities to present or cultivate projects.

With funding from the Mellon Foundation and ASU, fellows will receive the following support:

• Stipend — A $38,000 honorarium and travel funds to support the convening of the cohort of fellows will be provided.

• Mentorship — Fellows will have access to leaders and faculty from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (including the Schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Film, Dance and Theatre; Music; The Design School; and the ASU Art Museum) and ASU Gammage, as well as leaders and faculty from across ASU, including the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies; the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions; the School of Social Transformation; the School of Transborder Studies; the School of Sustainability and other university departments and centers as desired by fellows.

• Opportunities to co-develop a visiting artist series — The fellows will be invited to co-develop a visiting artist series meant to expand their professional network, deepen their connection to the field and engage with students and ASU faculty.

• Opportunities to develop and present work — The Herberger Institute, ASU Gammage and the ASU campus have a number of galleries, stages and spaces for work to be developed and presented. Community and nontraditional production of work is highly encouraged and can be supported through established and developing relationships.

• Coaching to develop documentation skills — Projecting All Voices partner Southwest Folklife Alliance will support the development of each fellow’s skills in documenting their work and artistic process.

• Access to ASU resources — Fellows will have access to university expertise in business, education, health, public policy, science/engineering and sustainability, ASU libraries, opportunities to engage in arts entrepreneurship, professional development and other relevant field convenings.

The selection committee will comprise faculty, community members, national artists and arts professionals.

The application deadline is March 15, 2020. All applications must be submitted electronically. For application instructions and fellowship details, see the Mellon Projecting All Voices Fellowship guidelines