Dickinson to speak at Duke on forthcoming book

October 2, 2008

Laura">http://www.law.asu.edu/Apps/Faculty/Faculty.aspx?individual_id=57267">Laura A. Dickinson, foundation professor of law at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, will speak about her forthcoming book, Outsourcing War and Peace, at a faculty workshop at Duke University School of Law on Monday, Oct. 6.

Dickinson is also the executive director of the College's planned Center for Transnational Public-Private Governance. Download Full Image

The book focuses on the increasing privatization of military functions, foreign aid, and diplomacy, the impact of such privatization on the efficacy of international human rights law, and the possibility that alternative mechanisms (such as contract, tort, and trust) could be used to help ensure accountability over private actors working abroad under government contracts.

Dickinson's work has focused on transitional justice, legal responses to terror, foreign affairs privatization, and the interrelationship between international and domestic law.

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Berman, Dickinson to participate in Temple roundtable

October 2, 2008

Dean Paul">http://www.law.asu.edu/Apps/Faculty/Faculty.aspx?individual_id=57268">Paul Schiff Berman and professor Laura">http://www.law.asu.edu/Apps/Faculty/Faculty.aspx?individual_id=57267">Laura A. Dickinson, of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, will participate in a roundtable on international law at Temple University Beasley School of Law on Saturday, Oct. 4.

The roundtable, hosted by the School of Law's Institute for International Law, will bring together a small group of distinguished scholars to discuss the book, Socializing States: Promoting Human Rights through International Law, by Ryan Goodman and Derek Jinks. Download Full Image

The book examines three specific mechanisms for influencing state practice: coercion, persuasion, and acculturation, and describes the distinct, and sometimes competing, logic of each mechanism. Goodman and Jinks use these mechanisms to prescribe strategies for various actors to exploit those institutions to promote human rights.

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Lecture series covers political, social, cultural issues

September 23, 2008

Faculty members from ASU’s School of Letters & Sciences will discuss women, war, violence, religion and politics during its first community lecture series at the Downtown Phoenix campus

Karen Shafer’s “Minding the Flock: Obama, McCain, and Religious Voters in 2008” will commence the series, which starts at 5:30 p.m., Sept. 25 at the ASU Mercado, 502 E. Monroe St., Suite C-368. Download Full Image

The lecture series is free and open to the public.

“The Community Lecture Series provides us with opportunities to analyze, discuss and interpret current events. We look forward to public discussions that help us understand and appreciate various points of view on political, social and cultural issues,” said Frederick C. Corey, director of ASU’s School of Letters & Sciences and dean of University College.  

The School of Letters & Sciences in University College is designed to respond to the needs of ASU students, downtown faculty members, the challenges of higher education and constituent communities.

Shafer, a political science instructor at ASU’s School of Letters & Sciences, said the role of religion in the 2008 presidential election will be the focal point of her lecture.

“The discussion will highlight whether or not John McCain can mobilize evangelical voters like George W. Bush did in 2000 and 2004 to win the presidential election,” Shafer said. “I’ll also talk about the Democratic party’s recent efforts to reach out to faith-based voters on behalf of Barack Obama.”

Recent national polls show McCain and Obama in a virtual tie almost six weeks before election day.

The lecture series schedule includes:

• “Women, War, and Violence” presented by Sama Alshaibi, 1 p.m., Oct. 4, University Center, 411 N. Central Ave., Suite 282, Phoenix

• “If I Die in Juarez” presented by Stella Pope Duarte, 5:30 p.m., Nov. 13, El Portal Restaurant, 117 W. Grant St., Phoenix

What: School of Letters & Sciences Community Lecture Series featuring Karen Shafer

Where: ASU Mercado, 502 E. Monroe St., Suite C-368

When: 5:30 p.m.,Thursday, Sept. 25

Admission: Free

Information: (602) 496-0638 or visit http://sls.asu.edu/hss/news.html">http://sls.asu.edu/hss/news.html">http://sls.asu.edu/hss/news.html

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Report highlights human services needs for county

September 19, 2008

Maricopa County has experienced remarkable population growth for decades, and will continue to do so. But while expanding metro areas tend to pay close attention to physical infrastructure—diligently budgeting for roads, sewers, schools and the like—there is often a relative lack of attention to meeting the future demands for human services.

Greater Phoenix Forward, a new report by Arizona State University’s College of Public Programs and the Morrison Institute for Public Policy, aims to help fill that gap. It offers community and policy leaders and human services practitioners the latest data and new perspectives for understanding the Valley’s human services infrastructure and a “big picture” of future needs. To view the report, visit http://copp.asu.edu/greaterphoenixforward.http://copp.asu.edu/greaterphoenixforward">http://copp.asu.edu/greaterph... />
“The number of Greater Phoenix residents who will need various human services is very likely to grow faster than the workforce and fiscal resources—and maybe the political will—needed to serve them,” said Debra Friedman, University Vice President and Dean of the College of Public Programs.

Part one of a three-phase project, Greater Phoenix Forward seeks to help guide public policy decisions based on sound research, objective analyses, and public discourse. It contains:
• Data describing human services structures and functions in Maricopa County
• Trends for the populations who provide and use these services
• Analyses of how to sustain the present level and quality of human services
• A glimpse of how current service trends could play out by 2012
• A presentation of critical policy challenges for the future

Phase two will include discussions between authors of the report and Arizona policy makers, executives of human services-providing organizations, leading human services practitioners and community leaders. In the third phase, the authors and College administrators will become resources to public, nonprofit and private sector leaders as they shape and implement plans and investments to address the challenges that lie ahead.

Relying on the expertise from throughout ASU’s College of Public Programs, Greater Phoenix Forward analyzes 12 critically important topics, including children and families, poverty, substance abuse, and Latinos. The report points out that human services form a major economic sector in terms of both the clients they serve and the jobs they provide. Indeed, the human- service sector comprises the third-largest “industry” in Arizona.

Each chapter also sets its sights on 2012 and identifies trends occurring now that will shape Maricopa County’s future. Greater Phoenix Forward identifies the populations that depend on human services—noting that these include Valley residents at all income levels, as well as tourists, recreationists, the young and the elderly. Finally, as a call to action for public policy, the report poses five key policy challenges facing Arizona leaders.

Major support for Greater Phoenix Forward was provided by Valley of the Sun United Way and the City of Phoenix, with additional funding from Alcoa Foundation, SRP, APS, and Downtown Phoenix Partnership. The report was produced by the Morrison Institute for Public Policy.

The College of Public Programs at ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus embraces students and faculty dedicated to rigorous education and research in the service of social and economic change. The College includes the Schools of Community Resources & Development, Public Affairs, and Social Work.

For information about Greater Phoenix Forward, contact Deb Gullett at (602) 496-0409.

Professor contributes to Web site project

August 20, 2008

For a mind-boggling experience, go to http://edsitement.neh.gov">http://edsitement.neh.gov">http://edsitement.neh.gov. There, with just a click of the mouse, you will find dozens of Web sites covering art and culture, literature and language arts, foreign languages and history and social studies.

You can learn about U.S. naval history and take a virtual tour of the U.S.S. Constitution; see a virtual model of the Roman Forum as it would have appeared in 400 A.D.; learn about family life in Illinois from 1700 to the present; read the diary of Martha Ballard, an 18th century midwife; learn about the musical traditions of the Mississippi River; hear recordings made between 1940 and 1973 by six American presidents; and much more. Download Full Image

And now, thanks to the work of Joe Lockard, an associate professor of English at ASU, visitors to the EDSITEment Web site can learn a great deal about antislavery literature.

The Antislavery Literature Project’s site at http://antislavery.eserver.org">http://antislavery.eserver.org">http://antislavery.eserver.org, which is a collaboration between Lockard and scholars at Iowa State University and Harvard University, as well as affiliates and advisers at 15 universities, has been selected in a national contest as “one of the best online resources for education in the humanities.” The project is included on the EDSITEment Web site, which is maintained by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Lockard says he doesn’t know who nominated the Antislavery Literature Project site.

“Notification from the NEH came out of the blue, a complete surprise,” he says. “I presume one of the project’s friends thought this was a good idea.”

To be included in EDSITEment, Web sites must meet a long list of criteria.

“EDSITEment, with NEH and the Verizon Foundation’s Thinkfinity as its partners, serves as a gateway to the highest-quality humanities-related educational content on the Internet,” says Michael Hall of EDSITEment’s peer review panel. “It provides a central resource bank for teachers, parents and students across the country seeking excellent humanities sites from among the thousands of educational sites now available on the Internet. EDSITEment provides lesson plans, a special section for educators, a monthly calendar, ‘This Month’s Feature,’ the ‘NEH Spotlight’ and a search engine. EDSITEment typically gets more than 400,000 visitors per month.”

The Antislavery Literature Project site “met the EDSITEment criteria for intellectual quality, content, design, and most importantly, classroom impact,” Hall says.

The project’s Web site is almost as diverse as EDSITEment itself. There are sections for children’s literature, poetry, prose, travel accounts, tracts, essays, speeches and contemporary slave narratives, and visitors can view videos or listen to podcasts.

There is even a little music. The Antislavery Ensemble, an ad-hoc choir of ASU faculty and graduate students directed by ASU music professor Kay Norton, recorded a variety of abolitionist choral music.

How did all of this come about?

Lockard became interested in the field of antislavery literature when he was a graduate student in the early 1990s.

“I researched and eventually published an historicized re-edition of Mattie Griffith’s 1856 novel, a pseudo-slave narrative titled ‘Autobiography of a Female Slave,’ ” he says. “I wanted to understand why a white Kentucky woman – who turned out to be a slave owner – would write an antislavery novel in the voice of an enslaved black woman.

“The author’s biography turned out to be fascinating, particularly because she became a respected abolitionist. So I realized there was an enormous amount of similar literary research that needed work, and I began working in the field.

“Most often, the only piece of antislavery literature students or teachers have encountered is Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin.’ Yet there is a huge body of antislavery literature that had massive distribution.”

The Antislavery project’s Web site already is busy, with about 65,000 unique visits per month from more than 100 countries, including France, the United Kingdom and China.

Now that it’s listed on EDSITEment, the tally is certain to rise.

Tourism professor shares the ‘triple bottom line’

August 15, 2008

Dr. Timothy Tyrrell, tourism professor at ASU’s College of Public Programs and Director of the Megapolitan Tourism Research Center at the Downtown Phoenix campus, recently spoke about destination marketing to the world’s largest association of convention and visitor bureaus.

He gave a presentation, “Are We Measuring the Right Things?” at the Destination Marketing Association International’s 94th annual Convention in July in Las Vegas. Download Full Image

Tyrrell outlined performance measures that go beyond traditional economic impacts of wages, profits and tax revenues. He introduced the notion of a “triple bottom line” accounting approach for destination marketing organizations.

The convention was attended by a record crowd of 775 destination marketing professionals, educators, students and industry partners from nearly 350 destinations and more than 315 exhibitors and sponsors.

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StARs shine light on college life for potential students

August 14, 2008

A group of six students at Arizona State University’s College of Public Programs are using new media in unique and creative ways to recruit students.

The students are in the Student Ambassador for Recruitment program, or StAR, which provides them an unedited student voice as they work in concert with staff recruiters to assist in the recruitment and retention process. Download Full Image

This is the first and only program of its kind at ASU. It’s among only a handful of similar social-media-focused recruitment programs across the nation, including Cornell University.

The StARs each have an interactive blog linked through the college’s Web site, and they frequently answer e-mails from potential students who have concerns and questions about student life at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus. The team members also make videos for YouTube to show examples of what they’re learning and how much fun it is to take classes at the college.

“This generation of students has always interacted through new media. The days of recruiting at a table in a high school are done,” says StAR student Samuel Richard.

Since the program began in January 2008, freshman enrollment has increased at units within all three schools at the college. For example, freshman enrollment more than doubled this academic year in the Nonprofit & Leadership Management Program.

Among the team’s biggest successes is the recruitment of a student who was accepted to Harvard and Yale but chose to enroll at ASU in the College of Public Programs based partly on the personal connection she felt with the StARs, who traveled to Tucson to meet her in person before she made her decision.

Some college recruits have merged organically, because they knew friends of friends on the StARs’ Myspace and Facebook pages.

The StARs represent each of the schools within the college: the Schools of Social Work, Public Affairs, and Community Resources & Development. They primarily write about their perspectives on being a College of Public Programs student and voice their opinions on issues they face as students. Topics on their blogs primarily are related to their academic major.

The StARs include Elenia Sotelo and Edward Jensen, Urban & Metropolitan Studies majors; Candi Henriquez and Samuel Richard, Nonprofit Leadership & Management majors; Amarone Thach, Tourism Development & Management major; and Kirsten Martin, Social Work major.

“You’re getting an almost real-time perspective from students who are in the college and in the programs that potential students are interested in,” says Jensen.

Richard is quick to point out that social media is a great vehicle to meet potential students, but is just one step in developing an overall relationship.

“The Internet and social media are one piece of a larger puzzle that leads to a more holistic recruitment experience,” says Richard. “It’s not only about Myspace, and it’s not only about tabling high school campuses. The magic happens somewhere in between.”

The StAR Web site includes a guide for new students, a calendar of events, and a “Downtown 411” section in which the students offer reviews of local restaurants and suggestions of unique places to visit near the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus.

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Lodestar Center graduates 2nd Public Allies Arizona class

August 13, 2008

The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation graduated its second Public Allies Arizona class June 25 at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.

Public Allies is an AmeriCorps national youth leadership organization that places service-minded young people in apprenticeships in nonprofit organizations throughout the community. It identifies talented young adults from diverse backgrounds and advances their leadership through a 10-month program of full-time, paid apprenticeships in nonprofit organizations, leadership training and team service projects. Download Full Image

“It’s funny how rarely you think about the nonprofit sector if you’re not embedded in it,” says Public Allies graduate Jocelyn Fong.

“Public Allies expanded my awareness and understanding of this third sector and the crucial role that it plays in our society, filling in the gaps left by public and private institutions. Wherever I end up in my career, this knowledge of the nonprofit sector will have had a huge impact on my perspective and on my work.”

Completing its second year in Arizona, Public Allies recognized 20 allies and the 16 partner organization nonprofits where the allies completed their apprenticeships. They are:

• Abigail Aballe, Valley of the Sun United Way.

• Yasameen Aboozar, Childhelp USA.

• Matt Besenfelder, Helping Hands Housing Services.

• Brooke Carpenter, Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix.

• Elizabeth Celaya, Communities in Schools of Arizona.

• Ariel Collins, Central Arizona Shelter Services.

• Jocelyn Fong, Anytown Arizona Inc.

• Alton Gooden, Central Arizona Shelter Services.

• Ashley Graves, Rehoboth Community Development Corp.

• Karen Lee, Aid to Adoption of Special Kids.

• Denisse Leon, Anytown Arizona Inc.

• Siobhan McCurdy, Alzheimer’s Association.

• Heather Miles, Central Arizona Shelter Services.

• Erin Moore, Desert Botanical Garden.

• Rayshad Montgomery, Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

• Katrina Murray, Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development.

• Amber Ringstad, Communities in Schools of Arizona.

• Armando Salazar, Communities in Schools of Arizona.

• Sherita Valentine, Beatitudes Center DOAR.

• Celia Williams, Public Allies Arizona.

“Childhelp’s experience with the Public Allies program the past two years has been excellent,” says Mark Publow, Childhelp’s vice president of strategic initiatives. “We take the idea of this being an apprenticeship experience with the nonprofit sector seriously, and have enjoyed seeing tremendous growth with our allies during their 10 months with us. Additionally, Childhelp has benefited greatly through the added staffing and the unique skills and experiences that our allies have brought to our organization.”

The ceremony included remarks from Debra Friedman, dean of the College of Public Programs and vice president of ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus; honorary ally award winner Alberto Olivas, director of voter outreach programs with Maricopa Community Colleges Center for Civic Participation; and nominated ally speaker Siobhan McCurdy.

“I realized my passion for connecting people through the use of art and design, while learning how people react differently to programs and events when all their senses are used,” says graduate Denisse Leon, who plans to attend the University of Kansas in the fall to pursue a master’s degree in graphic design. “It is through the use of these mediums that I believe a lot of cultural and sociological idiosyncrasies can be changed to create a more inclusive community – and, therefore, create social change.”

Additional information about the 2007-2008 year includes:

• Collectively, allies have served more than 34,800 hours.

• Allies have directly affected more than 14,276 people.

• Allies have recruited more than 2,175 volunteers, who have served more than 5,213 hours and influenced more than 12,513 people.

• Allies created more than 437 new community linkages on behalf of their partner organizations. Each new link represents new opportunities for information sharing, partnerships and collaborative projects.

In observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, allies engaged 50 youths in an Art for Justice Youth Writing Workshop in partnership with Make a Difference, Creighton Elementary School District, Boys & Girls Club of Metro Phoenix, and Communities In Schools of Arizona.

In recognition of Cesar Chavez Day, allies worked in partnership with the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation and Chicanos Por La Causa to lead more than 250 youth from Phoenix Elementary School District No. 1 on a march to the historic Santa Rita Center and served 250 youth in the Stay in School Celebration workshops.

On Make a Difference Day, allies worked with a Phoenix homeowner to paint her home in collaboration with Rebuilding Together’s Rock & Roll Paint-a-Thon.

In all, $94,500 in education award money has been earned by allies to access higher education or pay off student loans.

Also, 55 percent of allies are immediately using their education award to earn bachelor’s degrees or begin graduate school this fall.

More than 60 percent of the graduates were offered full-time employment at their nonprofit after graduation.

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Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation

Lisa Robbins

editor/publisher, Media Relations and Strategic Communications


ASU office reflects on 3 decades of success

July 15, 2008

The bulky, 1970s-era phones stacked in a corner of Edwin Gonzalez-Santin’s office remind him how far he’s come. Back when the phones were new, he taught courses via conference calls to students in Navajo communities from Tempe to New Mexico who would have lost their vital jobs if they’d left their reservations to attend classes on campus.

Now, Gonzalez-Santin pauses from answering several dozen new e-mails in his inbox at ASU’s School of Social Work to reflect on three decades of success with the Office of American Indian Projects, the oldest program of its kind in the nation. Download Full Image

Located in the College of Public Programs at the Downtown Phoenix campus, the office has helped to graduate nearly 300 American Indian students in the past 31 years. That’s likely more than any other native project in the nation, says Gonzalez-Santin, the office’s director.

He and three project members have woven a colorful network of supporters who have influenced thousands of American Indians across Arizona and the Midwest. The Office of American Indian Projects staff includes associate director Tim Perry, School of Social Work faculty member Michael Niles, and administrative secretary Shannon Pete. Gonzalez-Santin is quick to credit much of the team’s success to project support from colleagues within the School of Social Work and across the university.

The office works to identify, recruit and support students who are interested in working with American Indian communities. It also assists tribal governments in developing policies that affect their people.

“I can go to most of the tribes in Arizona and find some of our graduates,” Gonzalez-Santin says. “Many of the regional directors and principal social workers of the Navajo nation are graduates of ASU’s School of Social Work.”

Along with helping to obtain academic grants for students, the office supports American Indian students in finding ways to continue their studies when cultural issues conflict with their class schedules.

For example, “the culture is very family-oriented, so if there’s an illness or a death in the family, students are expected to be on the reservation instantly,” he says. “I work to mediate and reduce cultural misunderstandings that sometimes occur, and this helps to increase the opportunity for American-Indian students to matriculate.”

The office helps tribal governments evaluate programs, and it provides consultation and feedback on proposed funding for programs that help tribal programs, including the Navajo nation. It assists the social service and early childhood working groups of the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona Inc. in promoting Indian self-reliance through public policy development that affects 21 tribes across the state and other indigenous communities in the nation.

“That puts us in a unique position to know how to respond to laws and help the tribes, and helps us recruit students because we’re actively engaged in the American Indian communities,” Gonzalez-Santin says.

The office also is home to the Indigenous Early Intervention Alliance (IEIA) and the Indigenous Early Intervention Alliance-Urban Contexts (IEIA-UC), the brainchild of Niles. The purpose of IEIA and the IEIA-UC is to increase the capacity of indigenous communities in developing early childhood intervention programs that fit their unique culture and ideals in both rural and urban areas.

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The Indigenous Early Intervention Alliance Web site can be found at http://indigenous-early-intervention.com.

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College of Public Programs

Lisa Robbins

editor/publisher, Media Relations and Strategic Communications


Webcam offers ‘dean’s-eye view’ of construction

July 3, 2008

ASU’s College of Public Programs now offers a live webcam that shows a “dean’s-eye view” of construction at the Downtown Civic Space Park from the sixth floor of the college, located next to the park in downtown Phoenix.

Workers began installing three giant steel beams and two large steel rings June 23 to support the floating net sculpture designed by artist Janet Echelman. Download Full Image

The webcam can be accessed online at http://copp.asu.edu/do/from-the-dean/civic-space">http://copp.asu.edu/do/from-the-dean/civic-space">http://copp.asu.edu/do.... It is housed in the offices of Debra Friedman, university vice president and dean of the College of Public Programs at the Downtown Phoenix campus.

The design of the sculpture, “Sky Bloom,” was inspired by Arizona’s distinctive monsoon cloud formations, and by saguaro flowers and boots (which form inside the cactus).

The sculpture will be suspended 38 feet above the park on a framework of two steel rings, tapered poles and cables. It will rise to an overall height of 100 feet and be about 100 feet wide at the top.

Building the structure that will support the art sculpture is a complicated feat of engineering that has taken almost a year to plan and design.

The net sculpture is expected to be installed later in the year, and the webcam will be active for real-time viewing during that time.

The sculpture already has received the Excellence in Structural Engineering Award from the Arizona Structural Engineers Association.

When completed early next year, the Downtown Civic Space Park will include several large grassy areas, spaces with game tables, public seating and hardscape where student organizations can network, much like they do outside ASU’s Memorial Union in Tempe.

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Lisa Robbins

editor/publisher, Media Relations and Strategic Communications