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Civic Engagement

Arizona Summit on Civic Engagement and Volunteerism: Arizona’s only statewide event dedicated to deepening, elevating, and supporting the state’s extensive networks of community volunteer and civic engagement leaders and programs, the Arizona Summit on Volunteerism and Civic Engagement provides the opportunity for individuals and groups to further develop and foster their skills to better serve Arizona’s community needs.

Center for the Study of Race and Democracy: The Center for the Study of Race and Democracy is the entity at ASU and in the state of Arizona to position race and democracy in direct relation with each other. The Center is a destination for those determined and willing to grappling with pressing issues.

Morrison Institute for Public Policy: Morrison Institute for Public Policy is a statewide leader in examining critical issues for Arizona and the region, and is a catalyst for public dialogue. An Arizona State University resource, Morrison Institute uses nonpartisan research, analysis and public outreach to help improve the state's quality of life.

Pastor Center for Politics and Public Service: The Pastor Center honors Congressman Ed Pastor and his legacy of service in Arizona and the nation - and serves as an inspiration for the future generation of leaders. The Center serves as a dynamic, student-centric hub of activity that promotes, publicizes, and encourages political engagement and public service among ASU students and the broader community.

Project Humanities: The Project Humanities initiative strives to be a leader in local, national and international conversations about the breadth, depth and value of humanities study, humanist practice and understanding across all disciplines and communities. This initiative seeks to connect ASU and local communities, establishing and leading multidisciplinary and inclusive public programming that engages local, national and international communities in humanities discussions.

School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership: The School of Civic and Economic and Thought Leadership prepares the next generation of leaders through the study of great works of civic, economic, political and moral thought. This school supports the existing study of humanities and social sciences at ASU and nationally.


Public Service

Educational Outreach and Student Services: Sun Devil life is about the connections, traditions and lessons that make your time at ASU unforgettable. EOSS ensures that current and future students enjoy all the opportunities ASU has to offer.

Next Generation Service Corps: The NGSC is a four-year leadership development program (with a two-year transfer track) where students study their chosen major, engage in practical elements of leadership, learn cross-sector collaboration and take internships each summer working on real issues in the public, private and nonprofit sectors all while pursuing their own chosen social mission.

Produce Rescue: Produce Rescue engages ASU students in the food waste discussion while increasing the consumption of fresh produce. By volunteering with this program, Sun Devils gain a better understanding of how their food fits within the larger food waste system locally and nationally, identify societal obstacles and implement personal solutions to help address issues related to excess food waste.


Social Entrepreneurship

Changemaker Central: Changemaker Central @ ASU is a community of like-minded students that are leading social change in our local and global community. To learn more about a specific location and its resources, visit the Changemaker Central website. 

Edson Entrepreneurship Student Initiative: If you’re a student with a big idea, the Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative is your chance to turn that idea into a successful venture.

Entrepreneurship Catalysts: Entrepreneurship Catalysts are current students who serve as a peer resource for all things entrepreneurship happening at ASU.

Venture Devils: Venture Devils supports all ASU student, faculty, staff, and community-based entrepreneurs. The program aims to catalyze the entrepreneurial success of founders by connecting them with Venture Mentors who provide regular, ongoing support. This dedicated mentorship is paired with an optional online Venture Devils course, which is designed to challenge, monitor, and advance the venture development process. As part of Venture Devils, founders may receive direct access to ASU funding opportunities and venture development spaces.



President’s Volunteer Service Award: This award serves as an example of ASU's commitment to service in the Valley of the Sun and beyond.

Volunteer @ ASU: VolunteerMatch at ASU is a database of local and on-campus volunteer opportunities for ASU students, Faculty and Staff.


Student Clubs / Organizations

America Reads: The ASU America Reads Program matches children from low-income communities with an ASU student as their tutor/mentor.

Public Allies Arizona: Public Allies are diverse, emerging leaders working to solve some of our community’s most critical issues. Allies also participate in a comprehensive and rigorous leadership development program to prepare them for careers as nonprofit and community leaders. Selected participants serve with a community-based nonprofit organization to build capacity in the following areas: education, economic opportunity, and health and wellness.

SunDevilSync: SunDevilSync is your way to connect to organizations, communicate with other members and explore the ASU community. It connects students with student organizations and student organizations with their members and Administrative Advisors in a customizable online campus commutniy. Find organizations, attend events and track your involvement.


Community-based Learning / Coursework

ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation: Our annual convenings and periodic conferences are designed to stimulate thought about best practices of nonprofit leadership and management, to provide high-level training from leading authorities around contemporary issues facing the nonprofit sector, and to share the latest research findings of the sector.

Counselor Training Center: ASU's Counselor Training Center offers low-cost, weekly counseling for staff, students, faculty, and community members.

University Service-Learning: University Service-Learning offers ASU courses that link academic curriculum with service at Community Partner sites and provides service-learning resources to ASU faculty, K-12 teachers, and the community.

Writer’s Studio: ASU's Writers’ Studio is an online writing program that recognizes the centrality of written communication in our lives. Writers’ Studio is a writing community where you develop writing practices to be a better communicator in all areas of your life: the personal, the professional, the civic and, of course, the academic. We work with you to draw on your experiences in all these areas to cultivate your own theory and practice as writers.


Post-graduation Engagement

AmeriCorps VISTA Program: Participants serve with a community-based organization to help bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Through high impact projects, VISTA members help advance community-based organizations’ mission and services by providing sustainable capacity-building support.

City Year: Fueled by national service, City Year partners with public schools in 29 urban, high-need communities across the U.S. and through international affiliates in the U.K. and South Africa. Diverse teams of City Year members provide research-based student, classroom and school-wide supports to help students stay in school and on track to graduate from high school, ready for college and career success.

Peace Corps: The Peace Corps is a service opportunity for motivated changemakers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation.

Teach For America: Teach For America is a non-profit organization that enlists recent college graduates of all academic majors to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools. Through this effort, Teach For America is growing the movement of leaders who work to ensure kids growing up in poverty get an excellent education. 

Urban Teachers: Urban Teachers is transforming urban schools by preparing highly skilled, deeply committed teachers who know how to improve outcomes for every learner. Together, they are improving outcomes for thousands of urban students each year.


Don't see your student-focused Social Embeddedness activity or program? Email Christina.Ngo@asu.edu.