History of Ignite @ ASU
Before Ignite @ ASU was a student organization, the Office of University Initiatives organized Ignite @ ASU events each semester bringing ASU students, faculty, staff and community members together to build more connected, vibrant communities.
Ignite @ ASU emerged in spring 2010 after a series of informal conversations and focus groups with students, faculty, staff and community members at each of ASU's campuses. We synthesized key points from each conversation and used them as guiding principles for future engagement. In April 2010 we convened the Communities Connect Dialogues on all 4 campuses to provide opportunities for audience members to share stories about partnership, learn about resources and find new partners. The last dialogue in the series, held in Tempe, used the Ignite presentation style. Based on the positive feedback from audience members and participants about the fast-paced presentations and diversity of ideas shared, we committed to hosting one Ignite @ ASU per semester at rotating campuses.
- In September 2010, we hosted Ignite @ ASU at the Tempe History Museum with the theme of Everyone a Changemaker.
- In April 2011, we hosted the Ignite @ ASU at the West campus with the theme of Envisioning our Future.
- In November 2011, we hosted Ignite @ ASU at the Polytechnic campus with the theme of Small Solutions, Big Change.
- In April 2012, the first student-run Ignite @ ASU will be held on the Downtown Phoenix campus with the theme of The Evolution Community.
The Office of University Initiatives decided to transition Ignite @ ASU into a student organization in order to ensure its sustainability and to provide students with valuable leadership experience.