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Social embeddedness means working in mutually-beneficial partnerships in the private, public and nonprofit sectors to co-develop solutions and achieve positive social outcomes at-scale.
Below are a sample of exemplary long-term collaborations that are designed to be transformative in their impact.
In August 2016, the Beus Center for Law and Society opened its doors. It was jointly envisioned and developed by ASU and the City of Phoenix to activate a once vacant corner parcel of downtown, fill the gaps in the legal community of Arizona and educate and engage citizens while improving access to justice. Additionally, the partnership expects to provide applied learning opportunities for students of law, social work and other public programs while catalyzing economic development opportunities and enhancing the city’s strategic plan for the downtown area. The Beus Center for Law and Society captures the spirit of social embeddedness through every facet, including its development process, building design, location, human capital and partnerships.
Mayo Clinic in Arizona and Arizona State University first formed a partnership in 2002. From that initial collaborative effort, additional programs have materialized in the form of a joint Seed Grant Program, a host of dual degree opportunities, cutting-edge research collaborations like the the Mayo Clinic Proton Beam Program and other expansive, shared projects.
In October of 2016, the Mayo Clinic and ASU expanded their partnership further through the announcement of the Alliance for Health Care, an ongoing effort to bring innovative medical education to Arizona and beyond. Recruiting began for a new Mayo Clinic and ASU certificate program in health-care delivery at a new Arizona branch campus of the Mayo Medical School, and ASU began construction on a 150,000-square-foot Health Solutions Innovation Center located near Mayo Clinic's hospital in northeast Phoenix. The cutting-edge facility will include biomedical engineering and biomedical informatics research labs, an education zone and a med-tech innovation accelerator.
Both Starbucks and ASU believe that everyone deserves the chance to get a great education, because a college degree is a path to lifelong opportunity. The Starbucks College Achievement Plan translates this vision into action. Through the plan, Starbucks provides its eligible full and part time employees a steady track to achieve a bachelor’s degree through over 50 Arizona State University online programs while they are working at Starbucks - with no strings or commitments once they graduate.
Every year, the fall semester at ASU marks the beginning of the United Way fundraising campaign. United Way is a national system of volunteers, contributors and local charities helping people in their own communities. Valley of the Sun United Way has served the needs of individuals and families in Maricopa County since 1925. With the launch of the 2016 ASU United Way campaign, ASU President Michael Crow is challenging faculty, staff, ASU retirees, emeriti and the ASU Foundation to answer the call and demonstrate their generosity to achieve a combined goal of $725,000.
Student United Way at ASU, joining more than 60 Student United Ways on campuses across the U.S., is also a powerful force for change, dedicated to helping children do better in school, providing meals to those who might not otherwise eat and getting struggling families back on their feet through the work of Valley of the Sun United Way. Members meet other students who want to make an impact through meaningful service projects, connect with people who really need help, develop leadership skills and gain experience working with nonprofit organizations.