ASU Center for Nonprofit Leadership & Management "walks the walk"

November 16, 2007

The ASU Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management (CNLM) staff wanted to raise money above and beyond their individual contributions to the 2007 ASU United Way campaign. What was the best way to involve the staff of 16? After some consideration, the CNLM staff decided to hold its own Iron Chef competition riding on the popularity of the Food Network show of the same name. The Iron Chef competition raised $135, making the total contribution of the Center, to date, $3,053. In addition to the staff-wide fundraiser, CNLM is also proud to announce that 100 percent of the staff participated in the campaign; a goal set by the staff from the start.

For the Iron Chef competition, each staffer chose one of three ways to contribute. To compete, one had to donate $20 and cook enough food to feed the staff. To judge, one had to donate a $10 privilege fee and outline a judging rubric. To just enjoy lunch with co-workers, one had to donate $5. The stakes? Bragging rights, Center Iron Chef apron and golden ladle. All food and prizes were donated by staff, so 100 percent of the donations went directly to the United Way campaign.  Download Full Image

“Part of our mission is to enhance the effectiveness of those who lead, manage and support nonprofit organizations. The United Way campaign is a perfect opportunity for us to practice what we preach,” said Dr. Robert F. Ashcraft, Director of the Center. “By coming together as a team we were able to raise money to support one of the many amazing nonprofits in the Valley.” 

Dishes were judged on a scale of one to 10 for taste, one to five for presentation and one to five for originality, for a total of 20 points. In the end, Michelle Lyons-Mayer’s cuisine reigned supreme. “It’s really great to be able to have some fun with colleagues and support a very worthy effort at the same time,” said winner Lyons-Mayer.  

The Center supports the United Way year-round through other means, as well. For the second year, the Center’s AmeriCorps program, Public Allies, has placed a service-minded young persons in a nonprofit apprenticeship at the Valley of the Sun United Way (VSUW).  Additionally, since its start at ASU in 1980, several American Humanics students have chosen VSUW for their senior internship.

The mission of the Arizona State University Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management (CNLM) is to help build the capacity of the social sector by enhancing the effectiveness of those who lead, manage, and support nonprofit organizations. As part of the College of Public Programs and in partnership with the School of Community Resources and Development, CNLM provides knowledge and tools to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations, professionals, board members, and volunteers by offering research, technical assistance, workshops, conferences, classes, and capacity building programs. For more information visit:

Patricia Lewis receives Henry A. Rosso Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Ethical Fund Raising

November 8, 2007

INDIANAPOLIS – The ASU Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management is pleased to announce that Senior Professional-in-Residence, Patricia Lewis, has been honored with the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University’s Henry A. Rosso Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Ethical Fund Raising, the Center’s most prestigious award, at a ceremony Nov. 4th in Indianapolis. Robert Pierpont, an independent fund raising consultant and Ed Schumacher, founder and president of Third Sector Consulting, were also named honorees.

Since 1990, the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University has presented this annual award to exceptional individuals. The Rosso Medal was created to honor Henry A. “Hank” Rosso (1917-1999), a founder of the Center on Philanthropy and founding director of its public service program, The Fund Raising School. Past honorees include Indiana University Chancellor Herman B Wells, University of Notre Dame President Theodore M. Hesburgh, and national fund raising firm executives George A. Brakeley and Donald A. Campbell, Jr.

“This year’s recipients epitomize the essence of the Rosso Medal, given to those with a long tradition of philanthropic leadership,” said Eugene R. Tempel, executive director of the Center on Philanthropy. “It honors dedication to emphasizing philanthropy’s ethics and values, acting as a mentor to perpetuate and invigorate philanthropic traditions, and long, productive careers of distinction.” Download Full Image

A nationally and internationally renowned practitioner and scholar, Patricia Lewis has served the fund raising sector for over thirty years. She is Senior Professional-in-Residence at the ASU Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management, where she leads the Center’s “first-responder” program, providing assistance to those with questions on starting, managing and operating a nonprofit. Additionally, Lewis provides guidance and leadership for the Center’s numerous capacity building programs, including Effective, Motivated Board Governance, Principles of Effectiveness for Nonprofit Organizations the Center’s strategic planning program, Evolving Nonprofits Through Strategic Evaluation and Planning (ENSTEP). Lewis is past president and chief executive officer of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives, now known as the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and has served as the chief operating officer of the National Center for Nonprofit Enterprise.

"Our stakeholders are the beneficiaries of Pat's extraordinary expertise in nonprofit capacity building," said Dr. Robert F. Ashcraft, professor of nonprofit studies and director of ASU's Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management. "Earning the Rosso Medal is an accomplishment achieved by few in the philanthropic field and is such a well deserved honor for Pat because she truly is a national and international treasure in the field of ethical fund raising."

Lewis travels the globe as a lecturer on nonprofit governance, fund raising, strategic planning, association management, and strengthening of the nongovernmental sector, and she was Secretariat to the World Fundraising Council. Her civic engagement includes service as treasurer on the AARP Foundation board, and as a member or officer on the boards of the Alexandria, Va. Symphony Orchestra, the Women’s Philanthropy Institute, and the Sun Health Medical System Foundation. Lewis earned a degree in marketing from the University of Washington. Additionally, she is an Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive (ACFRE).

“With her extensive and diverse experiences, Pat Lewis is a unique asset for the nonprofit sector,” said Timothy L. Seiler, director of public service and The Fund Raising School at the Center on Philanthropy. “Through her expertise and service, she consistently strives to increase the understanding of philanthropy throughout the world.”

The mission of the Arizona State University Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management (CNLM) is to help build the capacity of the social sector by enhancing the effectiveness of those who lead, manage, and support nonprofit organizations. As part of the College of Public Programs and in partnership with the School of Community Resources and Development, CNLM provides knowledge and tools to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations, professionals, board members, and volunteers by offering research, technical assistance, workshops, conferences, classes, and capacity building programs. For more information, visit:


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Phoenix Business Journal honors ASU professor

October 30, 2007

Nan Ellin, associate professor and director of the urban and metropolitan studies program at the Arizona State University School of Public Affairs, was honored in the Oct. 12 “Power Book” edition of the Phoenix Business Journal and at the publication’s second annual awards dinner. The criteria for the publication’s “power player” recognition included “leadership, professionalism and dedication to our community,” and Ellin was spotlighted in the category highlighting 10 businesspeople “playing at new positions.”

Ellin, whose expertise is in the design and revitalization of urban environments, joined the School of Public Affairs in 2006 and has been instrumental in the launch of the new undergraduate degree in urban and metropolitan studies. The program was designed to prepare a new generation of civic leaders to assume leadership positions across sectors, or to pursue advanced degrees in urban planning, public policy, public administration, law, business, arts administration, historic preservation and other related careers. Download Full Image

“It is an honor to be recognized by the editorial team at the Phoenix Business Journal for doing the work I am passionate about: connecting people, resources and ideas to enhance the quality of life and quality of place in the Phoenix metropolitan region,” notes Ellin.

Her focus on solutions to today’s multilayered urban issues puts her in high demand as a speaker, policy consultant, media commentator and researcher. Through “Phoenix: 21st Century City,” which she was instrumental in producing with Edward Booth-Clibborn, she has helped promote the city as an emerging center of creativity through a cross-continental book tour. She is also the author of “Integral Urbanism” (Routledge, 2006).

Ellin earned the ASU President’s Medal for Social Embeddedness and the ASU School of Public Affairs Distinguished Research Award in 2007. She is co-principle investigator on a grant that is studying strategies for building sustainable neighborhoods in Phoenix.

Prior to joining ASU in 1998, Ellin was a Fulbright Scholar in France. She was on the faculty of the ASU College of Design for eight years and has also taught at the University of Cincinnati, the Southern California Institute of Architecture, the University of Southern California and New York University.

Gift launches new era for nonprofit center

October 26, 2007

Arizona’s more than 20,000 nonprofit organizations will be the big winners from the multi-million dollar contribution to Arizona State University’s Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management. The Lodestar Foundation’s $5 million gift, the largest donation in its history, is expected to catapult the center into the forefront of philanthropic research and expand its high-demand programs that strengthen nonprofits.

“In recognition of this landmark gift, the center will be renamed the Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation,” says Robert F. Ashcraft, founder and director of the center and associate professor in the ASU School of Community Resources and Development. “The Lodestar name is a mantle that we will wear proudly in honor of our longstanding relationship with the Lodestar Foundation and our shared values,” he adds.

Several new initiatives to address the sector’s top priorities will be implemented by the center over the next few years, including programs to increase overall civic engagement and promote collaboration among nonprofits. The Lodestar investment and four new ASU faculty positions are targeted at increasing the understanding of philanthropy’s role in society and leading the way to innovation among nonprofits.

“The synergies between the Lodestar Foundation’s mission and ASU’s nonprofit expertise are aligning for the public good,” says Lois Savage, president of Lodestar Foundation. “The Foundation is dedicated to supporting the growth of philanthropy and this pioneering contribution is a gauge of the exponential results we anticipate,” she explains.

Jerry Hirsch, founder of the Lodestar Foundation, and Ashcraft are both vanguards in the nonprofit field. Hirsch started The Lodestar Foundation with the philosophy that one can find happiness through philanthropy. His legacy of innovation began with bringing the Social Venture Partners philanthropic giving circle model to Phoenix in 1999. He developed a somewhat unique philanthropic methodology, focusing on leveraging resources for maximum impact instead of focusing on any one societal need or area of interest.

The Lodestar Foundation’s vision from its inception in 1999 has been to encourage philanthropy, public service and volunteerism as well as nonprofit collaboration and efficient business practices. Lodestar’s efforts extend to Central America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Locally, investments include the Lodestar Day Resource Center in Phoenix, a national model for providing services to the homeless.

Ashcraft embraced the field of nonprofit studies as an academic discipline before it was widely accepted. Under his leadership, the center evolved from a national nonprofit certificate program for undergraduates called American Humanics, which began in 1980. It has expanded to include the nation’s first bachelor’s degree in nonprofit leadership and management, a master’s degree in nonprofit studies, the Nonprofit Management Institute for professional development, an international research agenda and two annual regional conferences.

The Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation will remain a hub for nonprofit leadership education, research and technical assistance activities in the School of Community Resources and Development and the College of Public Programs at the Downtown Phoenix campus. Each year more than 1,000 students participate in its academic programs and hundreds of nonprofits receive direct assistance.

The center is supported by a number of federal, foundation and corporate sources, including a tri-university alliance for nonprofit capacity-building, funded initially by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. In conjunction with several U.S. and European universities, the center is involved in seminal research on the global state of nonprofit education in anticipation of sector workforce demands.

College of Public Programs Dean Debra Friedman notes, “We are grateful for the Lodestar Foundation’s generous support and for Robert Ashcraft’s stellar leadership. Nonprofits represent a major growth sector nationally, ripe for the breakthroughs we can achieve with this and other creative investments.”

The $5 million Lodestar gift is the largest single gift ever received by the ASU College of Public Programs and adds significantly to the center’s growing national and international reputation. The new name and brand for the Lodestar Foundation Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation will officially launch at the center’s 10th Annual Forum on Nonprofit Effectiveness on March 7, 2008. Download Full Image

Institute seeks to develop Hispanic leaders

October 23, 2007

Valle del Sol’s Hispanic Leadership Institute (HLI) is seeking participants for its leadership-training program beginning in January.

Applications are available to download at">"> or by calling (602) 248-8101, extension 121. The deadline for submitting an application is Dec. 7. Download Full Image

The premier sponsor is Wells Fargo.

For 21 years, Valle del Sol has been holding the Hispanic Leadership Institute to promote the individual development of Hispanics for increased participation in leadership roles. The institute’s curriculum builds from participants’ experiences, emphasizing personal and professional development with sessions focusing on cultural and personal identity, serving on a board, meeting protocol, and ethics, media training and leadership. This year, ASU’s College of Public Programs joins efforts with Valle del Sol as the educational partner.

“There is hardly anything more important than preparing the next generation of leaders,” says Debra Friedman, dean of ASU’s College of Public Programs. “This is the core mission of ASU and HLI. The ASU College of Public Programs is honored to join with Valle del Sol to ensure that Hispanic leaders are ready to take their places front and center in the public, nonprofit and private sectors now and in the years to come.”

Sessions for the 18-week institute will begin Jan. 22, including a one-day leadership retreat to focus on cultural identity, team building and service to community.

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School of Social Work celebrates 30th year

October 18, 2007

Many folks may not know it, but the ASU School of Social Work Tucson Component has been addressing Arizona’s high demand for professional social workers for three decades from a base in Tucson.

Most residents of southern Arizona are surprised when they hear that ASU enrolls more than 200 undergraduate and graduate students – and confers 70 to 80 degrees annually – in the shadow of the city’s hometown university. Download Full Image

More than 100 of the program’s nearly 1,000 alumni who live or work in Tucson and Arizona’s borderlands joined community members, faculty and students at a celebratory reception Oct. 17 at the Hilton Tucson East to commemorate this anniversary. The invitation-only event included a proclamation by Tucson’s mayor, Robert Walkup, naming the week of Oct. 15-19 in honor of ASU’s presence in Tucson, and it also featured the Arizona Board of Regents’ president, Fred Boice, the National Association of Social Workers Arizona Chapter’s president, Patricia Dorgan, and other university and public officials.

Social work graduates spanning 30 years – and representing human and social service organizations such as United Way, CODAC Behavioral Health Services, University Medical Center and the Pascua Yaqui Reservation – were on hand to mark the occasion.

The Tucson Component is an extension of the ASU School of Social Work at the Downtown Phoenix campus, in the College of Public Programs, yet its history and evolution are Tucson-esque. The program emerged from grassroots collaborations among dedicated faculty, determined students, supportive community partners and partnerships with the regional higher education community.

Ann W. Nichols, coordinator of the Tucson Component and a professor of social work, was the lone faculty member teaching classes in Tucson in the late 1970s. Her efforts, a supportive dean and a federal manpower training grant were the impetus for the launch of a master’s degree in social work program that formed the basis for the Tucson Component.

“Through the years, our Tucson program has provided the region with dedicated professional social workers and the community, in turn, has nurtured this ASU effort,” says Debra Friedman, dean of the ASU College of Public Programs. “The University of Arizona and Pima Community

College also have to be commended for their ongoing support of this vital undertaking for work force and community development.”

Child welfare training, gerontology, cultural competencies, indigenous social services and spirituality in social work are a few of the specialty areas that have emerged among the six faculty members and helped characterize the academic core. The permanent faculty and academic professionals, in addition to Nichols, include Craig LeCroy, Ann E. MacEachron, Juan J. Paz Jr., Josefina Ahumada and Teri Knutson Kennedy.

The program, located in the Tortolita Building on North Commerce Park Loop, and its Child Welfare Training Unit in southern Tucson, continue to thrive with support from the surrounding community and its graduates. More than 250 professionals across southern Arizona either play host to field placements for social work students or serve the school as adjunct faculty.

“When our School of Social Work earned the 2006 National Excellence Award from the American Public Human Services Association, I knew that a significant portion of our success was due to the accomplishments of the Tucson Component faculty and staff,” notes Mary Rogers Gillmore, director of the ASU School of Social Work.

Alumni continue legacy of public leadership

October 16, 2007

Three top Phoenix-area leaders have been chosen to represent the Arizona State University College of Public Programs from its base of more than 10,000 graduates in social work, public administration, tourism, recreation management and nonprofit management worldwide.

George Flores, Anne C. Ronan and Renẻ E. Vera will be inducted into the College’s Alumni Hall of Fame at a luncheon on Thursday, October 25, at the Wyndham Phoenix. Download Full Image

The honorees were selected for their distinguished professional achievements and for the ways that their lives reflect the quality of the education they received at ASU. All are highly-regarded in their professions; are lifelong learners; are actively engaged in their communities; and support higher education in various ways.

George Flores, MPA’77, was selected as the honoree for the School of Public Affairs due to his 35-year career at the City of Phoenix. He retired in 2005 as deputy city manager after serving in various management roles and after one year of retirement has returned to public service. He is currently community development manager for the City of El Mirage. Flores is widely known as one of the region’s most effective public managers. During his 11 years as founding director of development services he grew the organization to more than 300 staff members with a budget of nearly $25 million, overseeing annual construction projects valued at nearly $2 billion.

As deputy city manager he directed the offices of arts and culture; engineering and architectural services; equal opportunity; and the minority/women and small business enterprise program among others. Flores served as president of the Arizona City/County Management Association and has provided leadership on eight national committees of the International City/County Management Association. He earned the City Manager’s Excellence Award three times for his management innovations. His extensive record of community service includes board involvement in the ASU Parents Association.

The School of Social Work is honoring Anne C. Ronan, BSW’73, who serves as staff attorney for the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest. After graduating with an undergraduate degree in social welfare (the current equivalent of a bachelor of social work), and juris doctorate from Arizona State University, Ronan served as a medical social worker and in community legal services, distinguishing herself as an attorney in health law and as a mental health reform advocate.

Her practice has focused mainly on the poor and uninsured, providing assistance to individuals and families eligible for health care through various State and Federal programs. Ronan also represents children and adults with disabilities needing medical and mental health services and has served as attorney on several high-profile cases on these issues.

She is active in her professional community and has held volunteer leadership roles in organizations such as Bethany Birth Center, Justice Institute, and the National Institute of Tribal Advocates. Ronan has been a volunteer partner linking ASU’s Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholar’s Program to a research project funded by the Wallace Foundation of Arizona, to advocate for foster youth.

Renẻ Vera, BS Recreation ’90 is the 2007 Alumni Hall of Fame inductee for the School of Community Resources & Development. He is deputy director of the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department and has a distinguished 20-year career in park, recreation and natural resource management with the City Phoenix. Vera is known for his leadership, strategic relationship building skills, and creative and productive management on behalf of the community.

His efforts in support of adaptive recreation and youth development and several City of Phoenix initiatives such as the “Trail Mix” park ranger program have “left a lasting mark on the community,” according to one nominator. He was also responsible for the operational launches of the Maryvale Community Center, the Rio Salado Habitat, West Phoenix Revitalization Program, Judith Tunnell Accessible Trail and the North Mountain Visitor Center.

His volunteer service to the profession has been exceptional over the past 13 years, including leading both the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association, the regional council of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), and professional projects in support of ethnic minorities. In 2001 he earned NRPA’s Young Professional Fellowship. Vera continues his relationship with the ASU School of Community Resources and Development by coaching and mentoring students.

Prior inductees into the College of Public Programs Alumni Hall of Fame include: Alan V. Brunacini, retired City of Phoenix fire chief; Ramon A. Elias, president and CEO, Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley; The Honorable Harry E. Mitchell, U.S. Congressman; Royetta Marconi-Dooley, U.S.A.F. retired colonel and medical group commander; Ronald E. Pies, director of community services, City of Tempe; The Honorable Peter D. Rios, Arizona State Senate; and Luz Sarmina, president and CEO, Valle del Sol, Inc.All proceeds from the luncheon support scholarships and fellowships in the ASU College of Public Programs.

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Arizona Compassion Initiative grants awarded to nonprofit organizations

October 15, 2007

The partners of the Arizona Compassion Initiative have announced that 27 nonprofit organizations around the state have been selected to receive $200,000 in capacity building grants. Partnering in this effort are the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona (intermediary for the grant), the Arizona State University Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management, the Governor’s Office on Faith and Community Initiatives, the Arizona Community Foundation, the Department of Economic Security and consulting firm LeCroy & Milligan.


  • About Care, Inc.
  • Agape Community Services
  • All Faith Community Services
  • Arizona Refugee Community Center
  • The Buckeye Outreach for Social Services (BOSS)
  • Choices Interlinking
  • Coalition for African American Health and Wellness (CAAHW)
  • Elfrida Citizen Alliance
  • Family Promise – Greater Phoenix
  • First Church of God, First New Life House
  • Graham County Interfaith Care Alliance Inc.
  • Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB)
  • Hospice Family Care Foundation
  • Interfaith Cooperative Ministries
  • Matthew’s Crossing (DBA St. Matthew’s Food Bank)
  • Medecons Initiative Inc.
  • Native American Community Health Center, Inc.
  • Rebuilding Together Santa Cruz County
  • S H I E L D Foundation
  • Sierra Vista Volunteer Interfaith Caregiver Program (VICP)
  • Sunnyside Unified School District Foundation
  • Teen OutReach Academy (TORA)
  • Tohono O’odham Elder Care Consortium
  • Tohono O'odham Nation Dept. of Health and Human Services (TODHHS)
  • Division of Senior Services
  • Way of Life World Foundation, Inc.
  • World Hunger Ecumenical Arizona Task Force, Inc. (WHEAT)

Three of the organizations selected serve tribes, three define themselves as faith-based, 11 define themselves as community-based and 10 define themselves as both community-based and faith-based. Seventeen are located in Maricopa county, five in Pima county, two in Cochise County and one each in Yavapai, Cochise ,Graham and Santa Cruz counties. Additionally, 16 organizations—over half—have budgets under $100,000. Only two of the organizations selected have budgets over $250,000 (excluding the three tribal organizations). Download Full Image

“This is an incredible opportunity to help organizations who wish to serve low income elderly and families transitioning from welfare to work,” said Sharon Gartner, director the Seniors Impact area of United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. “As we help build the capacity of these groups, we will increase the effectiveness of these groups throughout Arizona.”

The focus of the Arizona Compassion Initiative is to help grass-roots, faith-based and community organizations enhance their ability to provide a wide range of social services to elders in need and families transitioning from welfare to work. Under the grant, ASU's Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management helped participating organizations by developing individualized plans to build their capacity through leadership development, organizational development, program development, revenue development strategies, and community engagement. The Center will also provide training workshops on these areas of development around the state, in coordination with the other partners.

"It is encouraging to see the collaborative effort of capacity builders working together to realize the promise of the Arizona Compassion Initiative," said Robert F. Ashcraft, director of ASU's Center and professor of nonprofit studies at the university. "The quality of life for citizens across Arizona will improve as those organizations receiving these grants benefit from the knowledge and tools provided to increase their nonprofits' leadership and management effectiveness."

The mission of the ASU Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management (CNLM) is to help build the capacity of the social sector by enhancing the effectiveness of those who lead, manage, and support nonprofit organizations. CNLM provides knowledge and tools to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations, professionals, board members, and volunteers by offering research, technical assistance, workshops, conferences, classes, and capacity building programs. The Center is recognized as a national leader in undergraduate and graduate nonprofit education. CNLM is part of the ASU College of Public Programs, a research-intensive urban crucible knowledge-based social and economic advancement. For more information, visit:

Tourism conference highlights security challenges

October 10, 2007

Most people prefer not to discuss worst case scenarios, disaster preparedness, or the risks associated with large gatherings and venues. But event planners, tourism industry officials and security professionals learned the value of open dialogue and collaboration on these issues during last fall’s inaugural Arizona Tourism Safety and Security Conference, and are coming back for more.

The Arizona Super Bowl XLII public safety team will kick-off the conference, hosted by the Megapolitan Tourism Research Center at Arizona State University, on Nov. 8. Download Full Image

Regional operations, fire and police officials working with the NFL will discuss how to avert disasters during high-risk, high-profile events, and how to model a commitment to safety and security, topics of vital interest to Arizona’s $17 billion tourism industry.

A parade of security, risk management, tourism and meeting planning experts, including Leesa Berens Morrison, director of Arizona’s Department of Homeland Security; Cam Hunter, bureau chief, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Arizona Department of Health Services; and Bruce McMillan, CEO, Meeting Professionals International will cover topics ranging from how a pandemic would affect Arizona tourism to effective crisis communication.

“Over the next few months, greater Phoenix will face a perfect storm of risk,” said Steven A. Adelman, Esq., a conference presenter whose presentation will cover how public facilities can document their work without exposing safety measures to the “bad guys.”

“Our annual winter population explosion will combine with a series of high profile events that will make the Valley the center of attention for the entire nation, if not much of the world,” he added. “Arizona State University’s tourism and public administration faculty are providing a huge public service by bringing people to the table to discuss these issues and develop collaborative relationships among tourism and security officials."

Tim Tyrrell, conference chair, tourism economist, and director of the ASU Megapolitan Tourism Research Center notes, “Discussing these edgy issues and sharing best practices not only raises the level of awareness but directly affects the safety and security of our visitors and residents.”

The conference will be held at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas and the $99 per person registration fee ($129 after Oct. 20) includes meals, a mini tradeshow and conference materials. Tourism, meeting planning and security professionals can register for the conference at (602) 496-0161 or"><... style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">Sponsors include the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau, Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas.

Grant advances ASU's minority health research

October 5, 2007

The Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center (SIRC) at ASU’s School of Social Work is the recipient of a five-year, $7.1 million grant from The National Institutes of Health (NIH). The award establishes SIRC as a Center of Excellence focused on improving health and reducing health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S.-Mexico border region.

“Arizona’s minority communities follow national trends, which point to rapid demographic growth, overrepresentation in several disease categories and lack of access to health services,” said Flavio F. Marsiglia, director of SIRC and the grant’s principal investigator. “We will partner with these communities and their health care professionals, to examine how cultural processes fundamentally affect disease and health outcomes. For example, understanding how strong family connections affect health, may lead to new ways of preventing disease, delaying its onset and progression, and delivering more effective health care.” Download Full Image

This renewable funding solidifies SIRC’s research agenda on cultural strengths and resiliency factors found to be characteristic of specific populations. The new center’s clinical, behavioral and social sciences research will also consider economic, social and gender factors in health disparities. Models of prevention, intervention and health care delivery will be developed to reduce or eliminate disparities specifically in the areas of HIV/AIDS, mental health and substance abuse.

Research on protective cultural factors that buffer some ethnic minority communities against disease is sparse. The National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) selected SIRC for this nationally-competitive grant because of its foundation of prior research in culturally-grounded interventions in partnership with ethnic minority communities. SIRC, which was established in 2002 with support from the NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), is also known for its keepin’ it REAL program, a national model for drug resistance strategies among minority youth.

SIRC’s prior research has focused mainly on Mexican Americans and American Indians. This new infusion of funding will support the inclusion of the next two largest minority populations in Arizona: Asian Americans and African Americans in the center’s studies. The grant also aims to increase the number and capacity of researchers and professionals from health disparity populations who are trained in biomedical and behavioral research.

Dean Debra Friedman of the College of Public Programs, home of the new Center of Excellence, remarks, “Pulling together an interdisciplinary team to address critical social issues is SIRC’s hallmark, and this is no exception. Dr. Marsiglia has mobilized experts from nine disciplines, and together with more than 20 community partners, SIRC’s team will engage in research that promises to advance the health and well-being of minority communities in the Southwest and beyond.”

The center’s location provides an opportunity to assess the impact of a constant influx of immigration and rapidly growing disadvantaged groups. In 2003, the Arizona Department of Health Services rated Latino health “worse than average” in 22 of 70 categories and American Indian health “worse than average” in 39 of 70 categories. These two historical ethnic communities of the Southwest represent 30 percent of Maricopa County’s population. African Americans, who represent four percent of the county’s population, ranked “worse than average” in 53 out of 70 health indicators. While Asian Americans ranked the healthiest among ethnic groups in Arizona with only “worse than average” health indicators in five out of 70 areas, little information exists about this population’s health status, and they are the fastest growing ethnic minority group in the U.S.

Elizabeth Ortiz de Valdez, president and CEO of Concilio Latino de Salud, Inc., a member of SIRC’s community board notes, “Our organization has been able to enhance our capacity to serve diverse populations through collaborations with SIRC. We are convinced that this vital research can help remove barriers to access, utilize individual and family strengths, and address universal concerns such as gaps in serving minority populations and addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic.”

In addition to Marsiglia, co-principal investigators include Eddie Brown, professor and director of American Indian Studies; Felipe Castro, professor, Department of Psychology; Angela Chia-Chen Chen, assistant professor, College of Nursing and Healthcare Innovation; Olga I. Davis, associate professor, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication; Mary Gillmore, professor and director, School of Social Work; and Stephen Kulis, director of research, Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center and professor, School of Social and Family Dynamics.

Other investigators on the new grant are Patricia Dustman, director of development and implementation, Southwest Interdisciplinary Center; Steven Haas, assistant professor, School of Social and Family Dynamics; Cecilia Menjivar, associate professor, School of Social and Family Dynamics; Michael Niles, assistant professor, School of Social Work; Barbara Robles, associate professor, School of Social Work; and Scott Yabiku, assistant professor, School of Social and Family Dynamics.