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Conference on Community Engagement and Service: The Third Mission of Universities

Posted on April 9th, 2009 under Be Socially Embedded

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The conference will showcase research and practice of what in North America is called “Service to the Community”. Although newly discovered by some universities, service to the community, has a long tradition in others and, in many cases, is recognized as an explicit mandate in the university charter. Service is understood to be the third mission of universities, alongside Teaching and Research.

May 18 – 20, 2009

University of British Columbia

The Centre for Policy Studies in Higher Education and Training

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2009 President’s Medal for Social Embeddedness

Posted on April 1st, 2009 under Be Socially Embedded

Two teams received this year’s President’s Medal for Social Embeddedness. This award recognizes ASU departmental, interdepartmental or multidisciplinary teams that have demonstrated excellence in fostering mutually supportive partnerships with Arizona communities to address community needs and implement successful solutions.

This year’s recipients are:

Graffiti Alley Community Engagement Project
The Graffiti Alley Community Engagement Project, also known as “Civil Disobedience,” is a collaboration between the Herberger College of the Arts, the School of Music, local graffiti and hip hop artists, Future Arts Research, businesses in Phoenix, and local residents.  This Urban Conversation combines rap music, Graffiti art, Hip Hop culture, and Education.  Through exhibitions in alleys, roundtable discussions, and custom websites, it has cleaned up an alleyway in Phoenix, provided data for ASU student and faculty research, created a new public performance venue, and elevated the status of hip hop culture in the Phoenix community.

Native Vote – Election Protection Project
The Arizona voter identification law resulted in a sharp decrease in Indian voters in 2006.  The Native Vote Project was developed by the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law’s Indian Legal Clinic and numerous community partners to provide a resource to Arizona’s tribal communities and tribal members to ensure access to the polls and to prevent voter disenfranchisement.

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