Symposium aims to help young Latino males in crisis

October 21, 2010

With the support from a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Center for Community Development and Civil Rights hosted the Young Latino Male Symposium at the Urban Research Lab at the downtown campus in Phoenix.

The symposium format allowed experts in the fields of education, criminal justice and community influences and interventions to study, discuss and determine the next steps the community should take to address the “predicament of young Latino males ‘failure to thrive’ in twenty-first century society.” Download Full Image

An annual summit will be held to encourage original research studies and to expand efforts to reach educators, policy makers, community leaders and media.

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411 Gallery festivities celebrate community

October 6, 2010

The ASU Downtown Phoenix campus will open its doors to the community for the “Visions and Pathways toward Social Justice and Human Rights” 411 Gallery exhibition from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Nov. 5. The event will take place at the University Center at 411 N. Central Avenue in Phoenix.

The exhibition will showcase local nonprofits that are engaging in social justice and human rights issues such as health, education, labor, human, community and economic development, refugee rights, gender, and leisure. The exhibition shares stories, increases nonprofit mission visibility, and provides opportunities to connect and take action. Download Full Image

The “For Our Eyes” art exhibition shares timely stories through the artwork of community and university organizations, artists and members. More than 20 nonprofit groups are taking part, including the Cultural Arts Coalition, PSA Art Awakenings, GLSEN/Anti-Defamation League, Worker’s Rights Center, Advocates for Latin@ Arts and Culture, Release the Fear, Tumbleweed, Lodestar Day Resource Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Student s for Social Justice in Palestine, International Rescue Committee, the Lincoln Family YMCA and many more.  

“For Our Eyes” is grounded in ASU’s College of Public Programs’ commitment to the social and economic advancement of the diverse communities in the metropolitan region. The College is a center of intellectual and cultural engagement, within the vibrant urban core of the City of Phoenix, with knowledge at its foundation. From the design of the campus throughout the heart of downtown, to the proximity of hundreds of community organizations, “For Our Eyes” Exhibitions offers an unparalleled opportunity to make a difference by directly connecting with the people it serves. The “411 Gallery” is free and open during ASU building hours.

The exhibit is part of “First Friday” and will be conveniently located across the street from the Civic Space Park Collaboration’s “First Friday” November event. The Civic Space Park will be filled with performances, live art demonstrations, and Dia de los Muertos festivities.

The 411 Gallery promotes the use of Artlink shuttle stops. There is a stop located at the Artlink A.E. England Gallery in the Civic Space Park.

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ASU leaders honored at '40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40' ceremony

October 4, 2010

Four leaders at Arizona State University are being recognized as recipients of the "40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40" awards of 2010.

For the fourth year in a row, the "40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40" Recognition Luncheon paid tribute to 40 Hispanic business and community leaders who are paving the way for future generations through their contributions to communities across Arizona. Univision Radio partnered with Chicanos Por La Causa to celebrate the 40 recipients at a luncheon at the Arizona Biltmore on Sept. 22. Download Full Image

The honorees represent corporate, government, nonprofit, arts and cultural sectors across Arizona and are “working toward building upon the greater good of the community.”

Felipe Ruiz is the Director of Strategic Marketing and Design for the College of Public Programs at ASU. He has created recruitment and development campaigns and is charged with supporting the marketing activities of four academic units and 12 research centers.

Ruiz is also an active volunteer for various organizations and projects around the valley including the National Association of Hispanic Nurses and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  He is currently serving his second term as the Communications Chair for the ASU Chicano/Latino Faculty & Staff Association. He says it’s an honor to be recognized by his community.

“We live in a state where the Hispanic community struggles to show that there are a lot of honorable, educated people that come to this country to work and offer something good to the American people. This recognition makes us all realize that there are a lot of people doing great things and who represent the high standards of our people,” Ruiz said.

Daniel Rodriguez and Joaquin Rios are students at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, where each is active in Hispanic issues and social justice.

Rios, a third-year law student, is a co-founder of the law school’s new Law Journal for Social Justice, and former Vice Chair for Internal Relations for the Chicano/Latino Law Students’ Association. He has externed for both the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest and for Community Legal Services of Arizona.

Rios also has been active in numerous local campaigns for city council, legislative and congressional races, and is interested in working in public interest or employment law, or Alternative Dispute Resolution following his graduation this May.

“It’s a great honor to receive this award,” said Rios, whose undergraduate degree from ASU is in political science. “Being involved in the community is very important to me, and the idea that somebody actually notices is kind of surprising, and very nice.”

Rodriguez, a second-year law student, took a leave from school this year to work as a policy adviser to the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition, and will return to the College of Law next fall. The Act, which was tacked onto the Defense Department Authorization bill and recently defeated by Congress, would make immigrants who came to the United States as children eligible for temporary legal status under certain conditions.

Rodriguez, a liaison to the Chicano/Latino Law Student Association, has undergraduate degrees in English literature and political science from ASU, and is thinking about working in small business or nonprofit fields, where he can use his law-school degree to affect change.

Like Rios, Rodriguez is 24 and pleased to be in the company of strong Hispanic leaders. “They asked me to name what my favorite song was when I was 25,” Rodriguez laughed. “Since I’m not there yet, I just told them what my favorite song is so far, “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson.”

Lydia Perez is the Project Director for the Upward Bound Program at ASU. Upward Bound is a federally funded college preparatory program for low-income, first-generation college-bound high school students.

“It is an honor to be acknowledged with such a vibrant, committed group of leaders. I am proud to represent Upward Bound, Arizona State University and my community in this honor. I am happy to continue to work to ensure opportunity and empowerment to students who desire an education,” Perez said.

“We are excited to partner with Univision Radio for the fourth annual recognition luncheon that will honor our young, up-and-coming Hispanic professionals. These exceptional individuals will build upon the next generation of talented Latinos. The honorees have undoubtedly demonstrated their commitment to serve and natural born leadership,” said Edmundo Hidalgo, President and CEO of Chicanos Por La Causa.
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Students recognized for community work

September 30, 2010

The Phoenix Military Veterans Affairs Commission presented two checks for $250 each to Christine Shall and Jillian Dailey, students at the School of Social Work in the College of Public Programs at ASU, for their work on Project H3: Home, Health, Hope.

The project’s goal is to house the 50 most medically vulnerable persons living on the streets and provide the supportive services needed to keep them stable in that housing. As part of their work on the project, Shall and Dailey were part of a team that canvassed the streets of Phoenix in an effort to identify some of these individuals.

They encountered a Korean War veteran in desperate need of help and worked to obtain services for him. The Veterans Commission honored the students for their work. Download Full Image

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Spirit of Service Scholars program prepares social, civic leaders

September 23, 2010

W. P. Carey School of Business student, Adam Voci, is currently serving a tour in Iraq as an Executive Officer in the United States Air Force.  He is also in the inaugural class of Spirit of Service Scholars. 

On Sept. 13, at the official launch of the Spirit of Service Scholars program, Voci delivered a recorded video message to a sold-out audience. Other speakers included Mayor Gordon, President Crow, Vice President of the Partnership for Public Service Tim McManus, and other community leaders and students.   Download Full Image

The luncheon thanked supporters and honored remarkable students from more than 10 different majors at ASU, freshmen to Ph.D. students, who are poised to help create the next generation of public and nonprofit leaders.

Tim McManus, vice president of education and outreach for the Washington DC-based Partnership for Public Service, delivered the keynote address.  McManus said the Scholars will “transform the way government works so it can retain a vibrant, dedicated and talented workforce that will work tirelessly to provide results for the American people.”

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and ASU President Michael Crow spoke about the urgent need to encourage and create the next generation of public service leaders.  Guests also heard special messages from Arizona Congressman Ed Pastor and Max Stier, the President and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service.

Debra Friedman, university vice president and dean of the College of Public Programs, talked about making her vision for the program a reality. 

“The Spirit of Service Scholars initiative takes on one important problem - that of ensuring the next generation of talent in public service.  Our mission is to attract exceptional students from diverse backgrounds to careers in public service and prepare those students to deal with the complexities of the context in which they will serve society.  We need even stronger, smarter, and more ethical public service leaders going forward,” Friedman said.

The co-chairs of the Spirit of Service Scholars Leadership Council, Paulina Vazquez Morris and Rick DeGraw, credited ASU’s College of Public Programs with being at the vanguard of addressing challenges and creating opportunities for the next generation of public and nonprofit leaders.

SCF Arizona, a workers compensation insurance company, sponsored the luncheon, allowing all of the proceeds from the event to be devoted directly to scholarship monies.  Next year the program plans to award 30 students who are committed to public service.

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New poll reveals dissatisfied Ariz. voters

September 20, 2010

Arizona’s electorate – regardless of political party registration – is dissatisfied with state government and its leadership, according to results of a recent Morrison Institute-Knowledge Networks Poll.

Two-thirds, or 68 percent, of voters disapprove of the way the Legislature is handling the state budget and taxes. Just 32 percent approve. While Democrats (76 percent) and independents (67 percent) are more disenchanted with the Legislature, the majority of Republicans (61 percent) also are critical of the GOP-dominated Legislature, which has made major cuts in programs to balance the state budget. Download Full Image

“Even among Republicans, whose party dominates Arizona government, there is widespread dissatisfaction with the way that state government is operated,” said David Daugherty, director of research at Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University. “Dissatisfaction with Arizona government appears to be consistent with voter dissatisfaction around the country.”

A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, released Sept. 9, portrayed a general unhappiness with elected officials in Washington, D.C. According to the nationwide sampling, 56 percent of all voters – Democrats, Republicans and independents – said it was time to make a change in their congressional district and give someone else a chance to represent them.

It should be noted that dissatisfaction among Arizona’s electorate is not new. A July 2009 poll for Arizona Indicators, a collaborative online data project managed by Morrison Institute, found that 66 percent of Arizona voters surveyed disapproved of how the Legislature was dealing with the state budget and tax issues at that time. The percentage of dissatisfied voters, however, has increased, the new Morrison Institute-Knowledge Networks Poll shows.

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Sustainability students honored as Spirit of Service Scholars

September 13, 2010

Two School of Sustainability graduate students, Auriane M. Koster and Carissa Taylor, have been selected to the first-ever cohort of Spirit of Service Scholars.

Arizona State University’s College of Public Programs will honor Koster, Taylor, and 15 others at the inaugural Spirit of Service luncheon, September 13, 2010, for their dedication to public service and research in sustainability. Download Full Image

The Spirit of Service Scholars program supports students who wish to pursue careers in public service. The program, designed to recruit the next generation of talented public service leaders, will provide Koster and Taylor with scholarships, real-world learning, mentorship, and networking opportunities.

“This is just a great opportunity to broaden out beyond sustainability and even beyond academia and start working with people who are doing the everyday hard work,” says Koster.

Koster is a third-year doctoral student at the School of Sustainability who is actively engaged in the ASU community. She serves on several committees that range from the university’s Sustainable Design Advisory Committee and Student Health Services Building Redesign Board to the School of Sustainability’s GK-12 Program and the Wrigley Lecture Series.  Koster, who was one of the first graduate student representatives at the School of Sustainability, came across the Spirit of Service Scholars program through her yearly grant and scholarship search. She applied for the program because it directly correlated with her life-long goal to help developing countries implement renewable energy as a source of economic growth.

Taylor, who is a second-year doctoral student at the School of Sustainability, first heard about the Spirit of Service Scholars program through her committee co-chair, Hallie Eakin. Taylor was persuaded by Eakin to apply because of her interest and involvement in mentorship, sustainability, and community-focused projects. One of the many projects Taylor coordinates is a local food working group that brings members from academia and the community together to solve sustainability-related food issues in Arizona. Taylor, who is developing a plan for an undergraduate and graduate mentorship program within the School of Sustainability, is also working on a proposal to help a West Phoenix community conduct a community food assessment. In the future Taylor hopes to be part of the process in redesigning farmers market governance strategies so that environmentally sustainable food will be accessible to more populations.

“I think mentorship is crucial for future transformation. Strengthening connections between academia and communities will help provide relevant research and produce results that will make communities more sustainable,” says Taylor.

As Spirit of Service Scholars, Koster and Taylor will have the opportunity to mentor Arizona high school students interested in public service. In this role they both hope to guide and inspire the following generation of public and nonprofit leaders to make transformative change.

“I’m really excited for this coming year. It’s the first year for this program and we can really pave the way for what it is going to be like in the future. I think all of us will do great things this year and beyond,” says Koster.

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Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability


Koppell welcomed as School of Public Affairs director

August 19, 2010

The College of Public Programs is pleased to welcome Jonathan Koppell from the Yale School of Management as the new director of the School of Public Affairs. At Yale he directed the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance.

Koppell is inspired by Arizona State University's initiatives and research in public policy and envisions the School of Public Affairs as a connecting point among policy experts across the university. He believes the School of Public Affairs can help its students take good policy ideas and make them operational. Download Full Image

"Jonathan Koppell will position the School of Public Affairs to be of significant value to Arizona, capitalize on the strengths of public policy at ASU and become a national leader in key issues of importance to our country," said President Michael Crow. 

Koppell will usher in the new undergraduate degree in Public Service and Public Policy. He hopes to help students understand how government and public agencies work and what they can do to change the rules of the game. He emphasizes the critical need to draw students to work in the public sector. 

"There has never been a time in 50 years where the need for good public administrators has been so high. It's obvious we need highly skilled professionals in this field," Koppell said.

He also stresses the importance of cooperation between the public and private sectors and wants students to know they can learn to successfully bridge that gap.

Koppell is thrilled to be a part of the thriving Downtown Phoenix campus and sees the University as a catalyst for further revitalization of the city of Phoenix. 

"It's working," he said. "Hopefully we'll see downtown become a real asset to the region."

He also believes public affairs students are "admirably performing a vital role" in society and hopes to bring a public policy perspective to a broader swath of ASU students.

Koppell's research investigates the design and administration of complex organizations, particularly entities that hover at the intersection of politics and markets and the political dynamics of capital markets. He addresses key policy issues including government involvement in for-profit enterprise, global regulatory institutions, regulation of financial institutions and corporate governance. 

In his forthcoming book, "World Rule: Accountability, Legitimacy and the Design of Global Governance" (University of Chicago Press, 2010), Koppell looks at global rulemaking bodies such as the World Trade Organization, the International Organization for Standardization and the International Accounting Standards Board. 

Jonathan Koppell holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and an A.B. from the Harvard College.

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Online degree offerings now include criminology

July 13, 2010

ASU is offering a new online Bachelor of Science degree in criminology and criminal justice for the upcoming fall semester.

“We’ve created a remarkable online program,” said Scott Decker, director of ASU’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. “It offers the same quality, extraordinary faculty and program requirements as the classroom degree, with all the convenience that online students need for ongoing career and family responsibilities. Most importantly, we’ll be creating incredible learning experiences that lead to new career opportunities for our students.”
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Beginning in August, tuition for students enrolled entirely in online undergraduate degree programs will be $325 per credit hour, excluding fees. This rate applies to both resident and non-resident students and is more affordable than similar programs at other institutions.

"The online degree offers students the chance to earn an ASU degree with the same high quality curriculum and faculty as the campus degree," Decker said. "Students whose job, military obligation or location prevented them from attending ASU can now earn an ASU degree with all of the benefits that go along with it. We are especially pleased that this degree will serve the needs of law enforcement, corrections and other criminal justice personnel."

Samuel Pena is enrolling in the program this fall. 

“The online criminology and criminal justice program at ASU was an excellent option for me," Pena said. "Having to work full-time as the sole provider for myself and my son, I am now able to attend a school with one of the best criminal justice programs in the country and can do it all online. It’s an opportunity too great to pass up."

Leading employment analysts project rapid and sustained job growth over the next several years in professions related to law enforcement, corrections and private security. Offered through ASU’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, this program is designed to equip and competitively position ASU graduates for successful careers as law enforcement practitioners or in seeking a law or graduate degree.

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ASU engages Ireland for debate on higher ed's future

June 9, 2010

Arizona State University is headed to Ireland to help the country define a new era for higher education.

ASU and Dublin City University will co-host a joint conference “Re-Inventing the University: Creating a New Vision” on June 15-16, in Dublin, Ireland. Download Full Image

The conference will explore higher education in Ireland and two major interlinked themes for the future: interdisciplinarity and social embeddedness. In addition to academic experts from both universities, leading policymakers in Ireland also will engage in the discussion.

ASU President Michael Crow, who has established several major interdisciplinary research initiatives at the university and more than a dozen new interdisciplinary schools since 2002, will be a featured keynote speaker.

“There is a compelling argument that the traditional disciplinary boundaries, which have compartmentalized knowledge generation for hundreds of years, are now providing diminishing returns,” Crow said. “Universities must take a problem-solving approach that requires faculty to move beyond their conventional borders and think and innovate in new and exciting ways.”

Businesses, local and regional communities are also playing an increasingly important role for universities and they expect a commitment from “their” university to social and economic development, Crow said.

Dublin City University is a young university with extensive teaching and research facilities in business, science, electronics, computer technology, communications and languages, serving as a change agent in its local community. Its degree programs were also the first to be interdisciplinary in the Irish education   system. For more information on Dublin City University, visit


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