ASU lauded for diversity, inclusion

October 17, 2013

ASU earns 2013 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award

For its commitment to diversity and inclusion, Arizona State University has received the 2013 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. students chatting Download Full Image

The HEED award honors U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to inclusive excellence. ASU was selected based on its exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives, as well as its ability to embrace a broad definition of diversity on its campuses, including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities and members of the LGBT community.
“ASU is proud to receive the HEED Award, which recognizes our broad and simultaneous commitment to excellence and access,” said ASU President Michael M. Crow. “Arizona State University’s promise of inclusivity is central to its mission as a New American University and is evident throughout its diverse and talented community.”

ASU was noted for many of its accomplishments, including:

• Growing student racial and ethnic minority enrollment by increasing its relative proportion of the student population from 20.7 percent in fall 2002 to 32.5 percent in fall 2012.

• Dramatically increasing the number of minority students it graduates. For bachelor’s degrees, the university saw an increase of 1,641 to 3,720 graduates in the past decade, a 127 percent increase. For graduate degrees, the increase was from 400 to 1,025 graduates, a 156 percent increase. ASU was named by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education to its list, “Top 100 Producers of Minority Degrees 2012.”

• Launching the President Barack Obama Scholars Program to expand university access to match Arizona’s diversification and growth.

• For the fifth consecutive year, being named a “Military Friendly School” for its leadership in providing educational support benefits and paths to success for veterans.

• For two years in a row (2011 and 2012), earning the highest rating possible for LGBT employee equity from the Greater Phoenix Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

“ASU truly fosters an environment where we all can live and learn as a community that thrives on our diversity and where all of our students, including all from different ethnic backgrounds, cultures, genders, sexual orientations, nationalities and religions, can learn and succeed together,” said Elizabeth D. Phillips, executive vice president and provost. 

“Applying for this award was a team effort between the Provost’s Office and Kamala Green, and the Office of Equity and Inclusion,” said Maria T. Allison, vice provost for academic excellence and inclusion. “We documented the broad range of diversity-related activities and programs that exist at ASU from those that support a diverse faculty and staff, through academic and student success programs that provide strong learning environments for our students.”
“We hope the HEED award serves as a way to honor those institutions of higher education that recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion as part of their everyday campus culture,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.
Other notable recipients of this year’s HEED award include Kent State University, Ohio State University, Penn State University, Princeton University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and the University of Texas at Austin.
ASU will be featured in INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s November 2013 issue.  

Sharon Keeler

associate director, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


ASU students share creative visions for the future in new anthology

October 17, 2013

This week Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination and Intel’s Tomorrow Project published "Cautions, Dreams & Curiosities," an anthology featuring original science fiction stories and essays from college and high school students from around the world, as well as from top science fiction writers, scholars and technologists. The book features writing from five ASU students and visual art from four graduate students from ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, and is free to download and share at   

A major component of "Cautions, Dreams & Curiosities" is Green Dreams, a series of written pieces and visual art proposing fact-based, imaginative and beautiful sustainable visions of the future that we can build together. The Green Dreams competition was announced at the Center for Science and the Imagination’s launch event in September 2012 and was part of a university-wide effort to craft new narratives to inspire people to engage with sustainability not just because they fear catastrophe, but because they want to create a more equitable and vibrant future. All but one of the written pieces and all of the visual art in the Green Dreams section were created by ASU students. Cautions, Dreams & Curiosities Anthology Front Cover Download Full Image

Each Green Dreams story also features an introduction from a thought leader on sustainability or technology, including TIME journalist Bryan Walsh, digital journalist and researcher Chanda Chisala, futurist Cindy Frewen Wuellner and Torie Bosch, editor at Slate magazine’s Future Tense. 

Another section of the book is Grand Visions – Big Challenge, a series of stories on grand challenges facing humanity, ranging from sustainability and privacy to affordable housing. This theme expresses a major goal of the collaboration: using storytelling as a tool to think about systemic challenges and generate radically creative moonshot solutions that leverage both new technology and cultural change. Two of the science fiction stories featured in this section were written by ASU students.

“To build a better future, you need better dreams,” says Ed Finn, director of the Center for Science and the Imagination and co-editor of the Green Dreams section with G. Pascal Zachary, professor of practice at ASU’s Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes and Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. “This project demonstrates the immense potential of young people to surprise us with their sophisticated thinking about the future. It’s up to us to create platforms for them to share those ideas and to listen carefully.”

The project also “builds new bridges between science and the humanities, between communities of builders and communities of chroniclers,” Zachary says. “Seeing these ‘two cultures’ interact and integrate is very exciting.”

"Cautions, Dreams & Curiosities" was launched at this week’s The Feast social innovation conference in New York City, by Intel futurist Brian David Johnson, director of the Tomorrow Project. The digital version will be downloaded and read by thousands of students, scholars, technologists, futurists and science fiction writers worldwide. The Center for Science and the Imagination is also working with the Tomorrow Project to develop curriculum materials using the anthology to teach science fiction as a tool for prototyping the future for K-12 and college classrooms.

“Using Tomorrow Project anthologies in all kinds of different classrooms has been an amazing experience,” says Joey Eschrich, research and operations coordinator at the center. “Students just light up when they see work from their peers alongside writing from science fiction luminaries like Cory Doctorow and Madeline Ashby. It provides them a real sense of agency about their role in building the future that we’re going to live in together.”

The student winners featured in "Cautions, Dreams & Curiosities" are:

• Amber-Leigh Attanasio, ASU student studying psychology and biology and society
• Zach Berkson, ASU graduate (2013) in Chemical Engineering, currently pursuing a doctorate in chemical engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara
• Zoë Calhoun, Hendrix College student studying digital writing, photography and Spanish
• Victoria Miluch, ASU graduate (2013) in English literature
• Nathan David Smith, ASU graduate student in the School of Earth and Space Exploration

The artists featured in the Green Dreams section of the book are:

• Haylee Bolinger, a Master of Fine Arts candidate in sculpture at ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
• David Shannon-Lier, a Master of Fine Arts candidate in photography at the Herberger Institute
• Thad Trubakoff, a Master of Fine Arts candidate in wood at the Herberger Institute
• Bobby Zokaites, a Master of Fine Arts candidate in sculpture at the Herberger Institute.

The Center for Science and the Imagination and Intel are currently collaborating on a second writing competition, The Future – Powered by Fiction, open to anyone ages 13-25. Ten winners will have their work published in an upcoming anthology and win a $1,000 prize. The Future – Powered by Fiction closes on Nov. 14.

Joey Eschrich

program manager, Center for Science and the Imagination