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    Our Ecosystem of Collaborators

    2021 ASU Social Embeddedness Network Conference March 24-25, 2021 | Virtual Event

    Frequently Asked Questions

What began as a small luncheon focused on connecting K12 education and community efforts across Arizona State University has turned into one of the best times of the year for socially-embedded professionals and those interested in community-university partnerships. The ASU Social Embeddedness Network Conference is now an annual convening of community partners and higher education staff, faculty and students with the belief that community-university collaborations can achieve local, regional, national and global change.  

As part of this ecosystem of socially-embedded professionals, we work closely with other partners and teams to create an agenda that is most reflective of the communities we serve. To learn more about the components of this ecosystem and how we collaborate to support the conference, see below.


Our Perennial Planners

Our group of Perennial Planners is an instrumental partnership between the Office of the University Provost and Educational Outreach and Student Services to deliver an experience that is value-based and community-centered. This group of individuals ensures that the content of the conference represents the diverse needs and interests of the growing social embeddedness community. 

2021 Perennial Planners

Carrie BrownCarrie Brown

Coordinator Senior, Events, Access ASU

Carrie is the Coordinator Senior for Events at Access ASU with the Student Initiatives Team. She coordinates conferences and workshops and provides support to initiatives focused on empowering K12 students to apply to college and earn a college degree. Carrie has served as a Campaign Strategist and Director of Communications and Outreach for legislative and school board campaigns, and as the Educational Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona. She holds a bachelor’s degree in French from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in Near Eastern studies from the University of Arizona.


Erin ChastainErin Chastain

Director of School Partnerships, Access ASU

Erin is the Director of School Partnerships at Access ASU, serving 5 districts across the valley. Erin completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Saint Mary’s College in 2012 and her Master’s degree in Counseling – Student Affairs from Northern Arizona University in 2017. Before coming to ASU Erin spent 5-years working in the field of higher education. During that time she worked for Arizona GEAR UP, First Year Experience Programs at Gonzaga University, and Career Development at Northern Arizona University.


Allison GrayAllison Gray

Educational Outreach Specialist, Access ASU

Allison is an Educational Outreach Specialist at Access ASU on the Student Initiatives team where she supports special events, summer programs, and campus experiences for K-12 students. Allison earned her Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education in 2018 and her Master's degree in Higher & Post-Secondary Education in 2020, both from Arizona State University. Allison is a third-generation Sun Devil and loves being able to promote the university to all the students Access ASU serves.


Christina NgoChristina Ngo

Director of Social Embeddedness, Office of the University Provost

Christina serves as ASU’s Director of Social Embeddedness, appointed through the Office of the University Provost. She has extensive experience in education as a K-12 teacher and higher education administrator. Christina’s work focuses on advancing the mission of the New American University by evaluating university-wide social embeddedness efforts and initiatives. She facilitates and amplifies collaborative, mutually-beneficial partnerships and innovations across the university and throughout our communities. Her portfolio includes working on the university-wide adoption of Collaboratory at ASU, a digital platform that allows users to capture the variety of ways ASU staff and faculty are partnering with over 2,0000 individual community partners and organizations to collaboratively address challenges. The platform serves as a connector between different ASU units and community partners. 

Our Landscape Architects

Our Landscape Architects review presentation proposals, one of the most critical components of the conference development process. This team of individuals provides independent recommendations for the conference agenda and selects content with the attendee experience in mind with the goal of creating a highly valuable experience for all attendees. 

2021 Landscape Architects

Our Green Thumbs

Our Green Thumbs play a pivotal role as partners and advisors for the annual ASU Social Embeddedness Network Conference. These individuals expand and reimagine how we can reinforce social embeddedness and community engagement throughout the convening. As the conference evolves over time, we prioritize the connections between community partners and higher education. By leveraging the knowledge, expertise and experience of Green Thumbs, we aspire to continue to innovate in different ways to effectively engage with other socially-embedded individuals throughout the year and during our annual conference. 

2021 Green Thumbs

Companion Plant Partners

We would like to sincerely thank all of our partners for their support in the planning and execution of this annual event. It is because of your willingness to collaborate, brainstorm and give feedback that we are able to bloom, grow and improve.