President's Medal for Social Embeddedness

The President’s Medal for Social Embeddedness recognizes ASU faculty and staff who have worked as departmental, interdepartmental or transdisciplinary teams that have demonstrated excellence in embedding ASU in the social and cultural fabric of our surrounding communities. Social Embeddedness at ASU is a university-wide, interactive and mutually-supportive partnership with the communities of Arizona.  Social embeddedness means both the community and the university benefit from and rely upon each other.  At ASU, this vision involves the ongoing integration of five innovative and distinct, yet interrelated, actions: Community Capacity Building; Teaching and Learning; Economic Development; Social Development; and Research.


More information about the application process can be found here

Social Embeddedness Award Recipients

2019 Recipient:  ¡Viva Maryvale! 

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 ¡Viva Maryvale! is a solution-oriented, multilevel, multisector collaborative approach that leverages social, cultural and community-level resources to support health promotion and diabetes 2 prevention among high-risk Latino families living in Maryvale, Ariz. 


2018 Recipient: America Reads

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ASU America Reads Program partners with community organizations to offer tutoring to children living in low-income areas. For over 20 years, ASU America Reads tutor/mentors have helped improve the academic performance and college-going expectations of hundreds of Phoenix-area children. Local schools and community organizations may take advantage of America Reads tutoring and mentoring programs through a cost-share partnership. Learn more about the ASU America Reads Program here.


2017 Recipient: CarePRO

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CarePRO stands for Care Partners Reaching Out and is an evidence-based, psychoeducational skills-building intervention for family caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. 


2016 Recipient: FitPHX Energy Zones: A Partnership for Health

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FitPHX Energy Zones: A Partnership for Health works with local community services to provide nutrition education and physical activity to youth at high risk for obesity.