Recruiters partner with nonprofit to find young leaders

September 3, 2009

Arizona State University recruiters treated Regina Duran like she was the next NCAA star, but it wasn't her jump shot or batting average that made her stand out.

They were drawn to her passion and talents in nonprofit work with New Global Citizens, a Phoenix-based group that supports young leaders as they help solve challenges faced by communities around the world. Download Full Image

Recruiters gave Duran and her father a personalized tour of Arizona State University's Downtown Phoenix campus. They introduced her to standout undergrads who told her about student life, and took her to presentations by students majoring in Nonprofit Leadership and Management. Her decision to enroll came easy.  

"It felt like a natural progression, to go from being a volunteer with New Global Citizens to studying for a career as a nonprofit leader," says Duran, now an ASU sophomore. 

She's among several students who are attending ASU's College of Public Programs after learning about the nonprofit management program through a unique partnership with New Global Citizens, or NGC.   

"The partnership between ASU and NGC demonstrates a new level of collaborative innovation," says NGC Chief Executive Officer Courtney Klein, an ASU alumnus. "We hope it sets a trend for how the social profit sector competes in attracting and retaining top-notch talent."

New Global Citizens educates, equips and mobilizes young people to help communities by partnering with grassroots organizations that are finding local solutions to local problems across the globe. NGC has chapters in 20 states and volunteer teams in more than 80 high schools around the country. The organization supports these young leaders as they work to create sustainable change.

"It was obvious this was going to be a good partnership for us," says Dana Newell, director of academic services at the College. "The NGC staff and current student leaders let us know if they have a student who is interested, and we connect with them. We approach high-performing students utilizing the same sort of high-touch strategy that is used to recruit student athletes."

This can include assisting with the application and enrollment process, visiting students and their families at home, helping them obtain scholarship funds and more, Newell says. Members of the college's Student Ambassadors for Recruitment program, or StAR, often play a large role in building and strengthening connections with prospective students.

"We're talking about expanding our recruitment partnership with NGC to use videoconferencing in order to reach their high school students in other states," Newell says.

Leah Luben, an NGC student who enrolled at the college, was heavily recruited by Ohio State and other universities. She became interested in ASU when she learned through NGC that the university offered the only nonprofit bachelor's degree in the country, Newell says.

"One of our StAR students and I drove to Tucson, took her out to dinner and helped her finish her application to ASU," Newell says. "She stayed connected with both of us via Facebook while serving with AmeriCorps for a year, and just started classes here this semester."

Luben says this personal approach helped her realize that ASU was the right choice for her. 

"Looking back, it seems only natural that one of the few schools pressing forward to meet the growing demand for professionals in the nonprofit sector should appeal to individuals already empowered and challenged within that arena, like those participating in NGC programs," says Luben.

The partnership offers other benefits as well. For example, faculty from the College of Public Programs plan to help NGC develop curriculum to teach volunteers about fundraising and advocacy. The College and NGC are thinking about plans to jointly host the first national conference of all NGC high school leaders across the nation, with ASU providing meeting space and technology.

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Phoenix court data finds domestic violence cases dismissed

August 11, 2009

Domestic violence is Phoenix’s most commonly reported violent crime, but many suspects have their cases dismissed almost immediately after arrest, and many others are freed from jail without the supervision that a standard risk-analysis says they should be getting.

These are among the findings of an analysis by Morrison Institute for Public Policy of data compiled for Phoenix Municipal Court on misdemeanor domestic violence (DV) suspects booked into Maricopa County jails over two years between July 2006 and June 2008. Download Full Image

They are reported in “" title="Risk Management brief" target="_blank">Risk Management: Assessing Domestic Violence Suspects Arrested in Phoenix” a new brief in Morrison Institute’s online series, Criminal">">Criminal Justice Issues in Arizona.

Phoenix Municipal Court is Arizona’s largest limited-jurisdiction court and one of the 10 busiest municipal courts in the nation. From 2006 to 2008, the court sponsored a “risk assessment” project in which jail staff interviewed misdemeanor DV suspects with a questionnaire designed to predict whether the suspect would reoffend while out on bail. The aim of the project, which compiled interviews with more than 6,800 suspects, was to help judges decide what sort of release conditions, if any, should be imposed on DV suspects seeking release before trial. 

One finding was that 43% of DV suspects had their cases dismissed shortly after being arrested and brought to jail, and before going to court. Experts offer various explanations for this high dismissal rate, but the questions remains whether it reflects a cost-effective use of police and court resources.  

Another finding was that about 77% of these suspects should be supervised while on bail to ensure that they follow bail guidelines, show up for court, and aren’t a danger to the community, according to the risk-screening analysis. But the screening and supervision programs were cancelled for financial reasons. If the screening analysis is accurate, this means that every year around 1,500 Phoenix DV suspects who should be supervised while on bail are not being supervised.

Lodestar Center announces new leadership class

August 9, 2009

The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation is pleased to announce the launch of the second year of its Generation Next Nonprofit Leadership Academy (Gen Next). Twenty emerging, nonprofit leaders from the Valley were selected through a competitive application process to participate in the program’s second cohort.

The nine-month program is comprised of best-practice approaches to lead and manage nonprofits from renowned professors and practitioner instructors at ASU, as well as established nonprofit leaders from organizations that engage with the ASU Lodestar Center. Download Full Image

This year’s cohort includes:

• Rosa Maria Acevedo, Arizona Quest for Kids. • Celeste Atkins, Planned Parenthood Arizona. 

• Barbara Blalock, Treasures 4 Teachers.• Brigitte Dayton, Catholic Community Foundation. 

• Christina Diss, ASU Foundation.• Leah Iverson, Southwest Network.

• Jackie Jackson, Victory High School.• Jessica Johnson, The Salvation Army. 

• Sarah Levin, Muscular Dystrophy Association.

• Claudia Maldonado, Keogh Health Foundation.• Molly Markwiese, The ALS Association Arizona Chapter.  

• Jessica Martin, Childhelp Inc.

• Michael Mayhew.• Megan McKeever, Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce.  

• Kim  Phillips, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.• Jessica Shea, National Bank of Arizona.

• Angela Taylor, Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona.• Gina Trotter, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona.  

• Nicola Winkel, AZ National Guard State Family Programs Office.

• Pete Ziebron, Goodwill of Central AZ.

Each program day will focus on different topics relevant to the nonprofit community in Phoenix including, but not limited to, public policy and advocacy, collaboration, and community development and outreach. Additionally, participants will complete group capacity building projects for various organizations throughout the Valley.

“I’m looking forward to building on last year’s inaugural successes and growing an even stronger program,” says Laura Capello, a project specialist for Gen Next. “The program continues to attract some of the best and brightest young professionals in the nonprofit sector and their participation in this program truly strengthens our community.”

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ASU's nonprofit center receives recognition

July 21, 2009

The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation has announced that its nonprofit leadership and management offerings, encompassing undergraduate, graduate and professional development, have met all eight criteria required for the Nonprofit Quarterly’s review of a fully comprehensive nonprofit management program.

To be named a fully comprehensive program, institutions had to offer noncredit programs, undergraduate certificate programs, undergraduate concentrations (3+), graduate nonprofit studies classes, graduate certificates, graduate concentrations leading to a master’s, graduate degree majoring in nonprofit studies, and online courses. Hundreds of programs from across the country were reviewed, with only ASU and North Park University in Chicago fulfilling all eight criteria. Download Full Image

“There is no question that ASU has led the nation in the field of nonprofit management education given the array of degree programs, certificate programs and other opportunities we provide for students at all levels,” says Dr. Robert F. Ashcraft, director of the ASU Lodestar Center and professor of Nonprofit Studies in the School of Community Resources and Development.

“When considering the full range of activities we provide including professional development (noncredit) options, research projects, community capacity building initiatives, conferences and other parts of our Center’s portfolio means that this university clearly has the most comprehensive nonprofit portfolio of activity among any university in the nation,” Ashcraft says.

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Student earns prestigious award from FBI group

July 2, 2009

Martin Popov may one day save your life.

Incoming Arizona State University student Popov recently earned a prestigious scholarship from FBI National Academy Associates that will help achieve his goal of working with law enforcement agencies to provide national security. Download Full Image

The nonprofit international organization of senior law enforcement professionals gives this award to only 1 to 2 percent of applicants nationwide.

FBI National Academy Associates is recognized globally among government leaders, law enforcement agencies and communities as the premier provider of law enforcement expertise, training, education and information.

Popov will start undergraduate courses this fall in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at ASU's College of Public Programs on the Downtown Phoenix campus.  

"The FBI scholarship is among the most prestigious honors available to a student in our field," says Scott Decker, director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. "Students who are awarded this scholarship have a combination of academic excellence and commitment to the field. We are proud of Martin's accomplishments and look forward to his career with federal law enforcement."

Popov says, "I've always believed that protecting the people has to be a high priority of any individual who is part of a community that faces many challenges as a result of globalization and constant threat of terrorism. At ASU, I would most like to focus on different types of crimes that endanger the American public and the international interest of the U.S. as well as learning specific techniques necessary to fight these crimes."

Popov, who is 22, speaks fluent Bulgarian, Russian and English. He was born in Bulgaria and came to America five years ago to pursue a career in the FBI. Popov was inspired at an early age by his father, a senior lieutenant from the Bulgarian army, who served two United Nations military peacekeeping missions in Asia and has been recognized with a diploma and medal for his distinguished service with the U.N.

"He showed me that discipline is extremely important, and that motivation, patience, and self-reliance are crucial factors necessary to keep your mind focused over assigned tasks," Popov says.

Popov recently received an Arizona General Education Curriculum-Arts certificate from Phoenix College. He earned a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

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Toon named head of research at Morrison Institute

June 26, 2009

Richard Toon, Ph.D. has been appointed as the new head of research at Morrison Institute for Public Policy.

As associate director of research, Toon will oversee research design expanding on the Morrison Institute mission to bridge the gap between academic scholarship and public policy through independent research for public and private sector clients. Download Full Image

“Richard brings strong credentials and a passion for the kind of work Morrison does,” said Executive Director Sue Clark-Johnson, who announced the appointment today.

“My role will highlight the academic rigor of what we do while at the same time ensuring that Morrison keeps delivering research that is useful for practitioners,” said Toon. “I am excited by the opportunity to strengthen what we are known for: rigorous research and timely applied knowledge.”

Toon has been a senior policy analyst at Morrison Institute since 2004.  His research interests include criminal justice, education and informal learning, the public understanding of science, and museums and culture.

Prior to joining Morrison Institute, he was Research Scientist and Education & Research Director at the Arizona Science Center where he developed educational programming and studied visitor behavior and attitudes, exhibit development, and informal learning.

Before moving to Arizona, Toon ran a consulting firm that provided research to public and social agencies, primarily in New York City, in child health, juvenile justice, drug treatment programs, community-based family services, and child poverty. He also worked as a researcher for the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services and was Director of Operations Analysis and Management Reporting for New York City Department of Juvenile Justice.

Richard Toon has a Ph.D. in Museum Studies from Leicester University, U.K. He also holds a M.A. in Religious Studies and a B.A. in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Leeds University, U.K.

Humanities fellowship supports research in India’s mountains

May 29, 2009

Two Arizona State University faculty researchers are about to journey into the mountainous wilderness of western India, and what they might find there - frightening demons, gods and goddesses, or a peaceful utopia - depends on whom they ask. Download Full Image

But they won't be searching for physical evidence supporting these types of cultural beliefs about the area. Their goal is to discover the meanings which the country's sacred mountaintops hold for the many types of people who visit them. 

The project brings together experts from two differing traditions and methodologies, a natural resource social scientist and a religious studies scholar who aim to expand our understandings of the complex meanings associated with wilderness and other natural places that have religious significance.

The collaborators are Megha Budruk, professor in the Parks and Recreation Management Program in ASU's School of Community Resources & Development, and professor Anne Feldhaus in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies in ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

"We plan to explore the range of meanings that people ascribe to natural places," says Budruk. "Focusing on commonalities among those meanings allows for contested places to become places of harmony, thus reducing conflict and building stronger communities."

Both researchers have spent significant parts of their lives in Maharashtra, India, where they'll begin the study in early July. They have strong attachments to the region and are cognizant of its cultural nuances, enabling them to conduct culturally relevant research that also incorporates international theoretical perspectives.

Their academic backgrounds, however, are quite different. Budruk is a natural resource social scientist who explores human-nature relationships from a social-psychological perspective. She's particularly interested in the concept of place attachment - the special bonds that humans develop with nature-based places. She has published several articles on this topic and has conducted some of her research in Maharashtra.

Feldhaus is a scholar of religious texts, rituals and oral traditions, whose work has emphasized human imaginations of the natural world. Originally trained as a philologist, she began in the early 1980s to combine ethnographic fieldwork with her text scholarship. She has published two books on the religious geography of Maharashtra, using this combined methodology.

"What initially brought us together was our common love of the Maharashtra region of India," says Feldhaus. "But as we began talking, we realized that we also had a lot of theoretical, academic interests in common."

They will conduct extensive interviews in natural settings of religious significance like goddess temples and river-origin sites, such as the mountaintop temples at Mahabaleshwar. Budruk and Feldhaus will speak with temple priests, pilgrimage leaders, pilgrims, tourists, local community leaders, and officials from agencies that are involved in the areas.

"I think we'll come away from this with new ways of looking at natural places," Budruk says. "We are only just beginning to understand place meanings at natural settings. However, my field has its roots in Euro-American philosophies of what the wilderness is, and I think the meanings of nature go beyond that. In the intangibles, we haven't explored the full range."

Feldhaus says, "People in the field of religious studies have done a lot of work on the religious poetics of holy places in beautiful natural settings, and on the rituals that pilgrims and priests perform at such places. But we have not yet looked enough at the economics and politics of such places, at their human social dimensions."

The project is funded by a $45,000 fellowship from ASU's Institute of Humanities Research. The institute, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, supports two annual fellowship programs to encourage transdisciplinary activity at ASU. The theme for this year's program is "utopias, dystopias and social transformation" and was designed to attract scholars whose work addresses the nature, value, and meaning of utopias/dystopias for social transformation by using cross-boundary perspectives and methodologies. "The Feldhaus/Budruk project fits the parameters of our theme," explains Sally L. Kitch, director of the institute, "because it explores the utopic and dystopic aspects, as well as the cultural importance, of particular nature-based religious places."

The fellowship also provides funding for the two ASU scholars to invite Ramachandra Guha, an internationally noted Indian environmental historian, for a public lecture in spring 2010. Guha's lecture topic will be "Wilderness and Democracy." This will coincide with a seminar Budruk and Feldhaus will teach to graduate students and advanced undergraduates regarding natural places, religion, pilgrimage, tourism, and social transformation.

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Students bring community together through park events

May 26, 2009

ASU Professor Ariel Rodríguez knew students in his Program Planning course would love the chance to enjoy a 2.77-acre classroom with sunshine, waterfalls and artwork.

But he threw them a curveball in the form of a challenge at the Downtown Civic Space Park: Create events that inspire the people of Phoenix to join you here. Download Full Image

The course recently taught 20 students how to create, organize and oversee several community events that brought hundreds of residents and visitors to the park.  

Students in the School of Community Resources & Development partnered with the City of Phoenix and ASU's Parks and Recreation Student Association to offer the free activities. This included a big-screen outdoor showing of the movie "The Dark Knight," complete with complimentary popcorn and refreshments, which drew a crowd of more than 200 people.

"We had an opportunity to see, literally 200 yards away from our College, how the theories we were learning in class could be put into practice immediately in the park," says Samuel Richard, a senior in the College of Public Programs.

Rodríguez says, "The park is an ideal place to develop programs that can simultaneously impact people living at the Westward Ho, ASU students at Taylor Place, people coming from Tempe on the light rail...and other residents in the community."

In the course, students learn the need to focus on planning event details such as equipment rental, security, weather contingency plans, waste disposal, marketing and venue seating.

"They even had to work out small details like making sure the grass in the park wasn't watered shortly before the movie, or it would be wet where people were sitting," says Rodríguez.

Students have also offered a gardening seminar for clients of an adult care facility operated by the Foundation for Senior Living in Phoenix. They arranged transportation to the park and taught the seniors to plant flowers which they were able to take home.

Another event brought several seniors from the nearby Westward Ho to play board games, and Richard says he enjoyed hearing positive feedback from the participants.

"Everybody really loved it," Richard says. "It was the first time most of them had been to the park."

The ASU School of Community Resources and Development advances the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of local and global communities through instruction, research and service. The School provides nationally recognized interdisciplinary research expertise and innovative academic programs in nonprofit leadership and management, parks and recreation management, tourism development and management.

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First cohort of Nonprofit Leadership Academy completes training

May 20, 2009

The inaugural class of the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation’s Generation Next Nonprofit Leadership Academy (Gen
Next) graduated from its 9-month training on May 8 at the Disability Empowerment Center in Phoenix.

Funded by a generous contribution from American Express, Gen Next is a cohort of the Valley’s top emerging nonprofit leaders, chosen to participate in training that provides them with the knowledge and tools needed to take on leadership roles within the nonprofit community. The program is comprised of best practice approaches to leading and managing nonprofits that include renowned professors and practitioner instructors at ASU as well as established nonprofit leaders from organizations that engage with the ASU Lodestar Center. Download Full Image

Those graduating from Gen Next:
• Irene Agustin, Crisis Nursery Inc.
• Caroline Starrs Allen, Center for Progressive Leadership
• Roya Amirsoleymani, Fresh Start Women's Foundation
• Cory Baker, Scottsdale Cultural Council
• Luke Black, Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona
• Leticia de la Vara, ASU Center for Community Development & Civil Rights
• Jany Deng, Arizona Lost Boys Center
• Angela Florez, Friends for the Phoenix Public Library
• Sara Kyler, Food for the Hungry
• Aaron Parrott, Mentor Kids USA
• Donna Powers, Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council
• Matt Sandoval, Valley of the Sun YMCA
• Amy Schwabenlender, Valley of the Sun United Way
• Andrew Schwartzberg, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona
• Duane Shearer, HandsOn Greater Phoenix
• Chela Sullivan, Helping Hands Housing Services
• Heather Walsh, Greater Phoenix Youth at Risk
• Alysson Zatarga, Southwest Behavioral Health.

While many look to improve their job marketability during these challenging economic times, Gen Next is providing valuable opportunities for nonprofit professionals to increase their knowledge and leadership skills.

“Through Gen Next I have learned a lot about my own leadership style and under what circumstances I work most effectively,” says Chela Sullivan, recent graduate of ASU’s Master of Nonprofit Studies program and current Helping Hands Housing Services staff member. “I have also learned that as a manager, I can bring out other people's strength by recognizing their leadership styles as well.”

Jany Deng, another member of the inaugural class, was a recipient of nonprofit assistance 10 years ago when he came to the United States as a refugee from Sudan. He graduates this year from the Gen Next program on his road to being a leader in the nonprofit sector.

“As a recipient of services in the past, I have seen how important organization and leadership are in a nonprofit,” says Deng. “Through Gen
Next, I learned areas that I need to improve on and I also learned areas that are my strengths. This knowledge will help me to be a better co-worker and to provide better services to my clients.”

Laura Capello, program specialist for Gen Next, is thrilled with the success of the first year.

“I have already seen the class members make good use of what they have learned and of the contacts they have made,” says Capello. “They have all become close and have used each other to help them with the challenges and share in their joys of working in the nonprofit sector.”

Amy Schwabenlender, a Valley of the Sun United Way Gen Next participant, says her favorite part of Gen Next was the connections she made with other members.

“The opportunity to meet other like-minded individuals who have similar career desires in the nonprofit sector was of great use to me,” says
Schwabenlender. “It has been not only fun, but beneficial to my work to meet and get to know my classmates. Several of us have found ways to collaborate and share information that was not previously occurring between our

Applications for the second Gen Next cohort will be available in June.

The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation (formerly the ASU Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management), is recognized as a national leader in undergraduate and graduate nonprofit education, research and technical assistance. The ASU Lodestar Center exists to enhance the quality of life in communities through the advancement of nonprofit leadership practices and provides knowledge and tools to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations, professionals, board members, donors and volunteers by offering a selection of capacity building workshops, conferences, classes, and programs. For more information, visit:"> />

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NPR highlights ASU's American Dream Academy

<p>National Public Radio's KJZZ news station in Phoenix featured a profile story on the American Dream Academy, a signature program of the ASU Center for Community Development and Civil Rights within the College of Public Programs.</p> <p>The story first aired on May 20, 2009. </p> <p>For information about the American Dream Academy, visit <a href="" class="external-link"></a>.</p>

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