community & municipal relations

programs

Outreach programs and resources sponsored by Community Relations in the Office of Public Affairs.
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ASU Latino Partnership Scholars (CCLI Scholarship)

The ASU Office of Public Affairs administers a number of community engagement programs that honor César E. Chavez’s legacy of workforce development through advanced education. These programs seek to recruit, retain and celebrate the success of students at ASU and enrich their lives through academic achievement and a multicultural experience. ASU believes the preparedness of students to participate at all levels of the world of work and the social, civic and cultural life of their communities is essential to the future of the state.

In keeping with that goal, a number of scholarships are awarded each year. Eligibility is extended to high school seniors enrolling full-time at ASU for the upcoming fall semester, community college transfer students and current ASU students.

Applications are available in December and deadlines for applying are in early February. Check the website for current information.

All awards are contingent on scholarship office criteria verification and clearance.

We encourage interested students to visit the ASU scholarship website (http://students.asu.edu/scholarships) to learn about their eligibility for other scholarship opportunities.

César E. Chávez Leadership Institute (CCLI)

The César E.Chávez Leadership Institute (CCLI) is a week long summer program hosted by the Office of Public Affairs and the Chávez Programs.

Since 1995, CCLI has been providing high school students from across the state of Arizona with leadership development skills while advancing the goals of graduating from high school, attending and completing college, and highlighting the educational opportunities at ASU.

Students selected in their sophomore and junior year in high school participate in a one-of-a-kind experience embracing diversity, reinforcing the value and importance of community service and civic engagement while fostering academic and personal success within a collaborative peer environment.

CCLI is recognized statewide by members of the Arizona State Legislators and the Hispanic Caucus, Los Abogados, Chicanos Por La Causa and Valle del Sol. Thanks to generous funding from the Helios Education Foundation and additional support from Season for Sharing/Arizona Republic, SCF Arizona, SRP and Arizona State University, the institute is offered at no-cost to participants.

The legacy, leadership and spirit of César E. Chávez is the foundation of the program. With the sanction of the César E. Chávez Foundation, CCLI challenges students by introducing critical thinking methods for use inside and outside the classroom. Mr. Chavez lived his life by a set of principles that provide motivation and inspiration for people throughout world. The goal of the César E. Chávez Leadership Institute is to produce critical thinkers, active service learners and a cadre of youth ingrained with a college-bound culture.

Chávez Programs

The ASU Office of Public Affairs administers a number of community engagement programs that honor the legacy of César E. Chávez through it's Chávez Programs.

Beginning in high school, these programs seek to recruit, retain and celebrate the success of students at ASU and enrich their lives through academic achievement and a multicultural experience. Chávez Programs are supported by contributions from ASU, individuals and corporate donors. ASU believes that the preparedness of students to participate at all levels of the world of work and the social, political and cultural life of their communities is essential to the future of the state.

Programs include:

Devils in Training

Devils in Training is a follow-up program to the César E. Chávez Leadership Institute and targets participants of the institute, their parents, friends, and siblings.

The program is held on campus two times per year. Representatives from various ASU departments provide additional information and reemphasize college preparedness. Topics include navigating financial aid, the college application process, and transitioning to college life.

The Devils in Training sessions are meant to foster high school students’ successful transition to college and enlighten parents on preparing and supporting their students in this endeavor.

Hispanic Convocation

The ASU Hispanic Convocation has become a signature event that honors the accomplishments and commitment of Hispanic students pursuing higher education.

This event began in 1984 and ASU has hosted the ceremony on campus since 1993, celebrating the academic achievements of hundreds of graduates.

The convocation presents the Congressman Ed Pastor Outstanding Graduate Award and the Jose Ronstadt Outstanding Undergraduate Award recognizing the special achievements of two ASU graduates. Both Congressman Pastor and Jose Ronstadt were vital to the inception of the convocation and remain active supporters.

With each succeeding year, the ASU Hispanic Convocation continues to generate support and enthusiasm. Our goal is the legacy of higher education inspired through the celebration of the ASU Hispanic Convocation serves as a stepping stone for generations of ASU graduates to come.

Newly Elected Officials

Arizona State University and the League of Arizona Cities and Towns offer the annual Newly Elected Officials (NEO) orientation program.

This program, offered for the first time in 1998, acquaints newly elected officials with the responsibilities and obligations of serving in municipal office and provides them with:

  • Basics of municipal government;
  • Arizona government structure;
  • Municipal budgeting;
  • Ethical and legal issues;
  • Public policy process.

State of Arizona Reports

Modeled after the National Urban League's State of Black America, the State of Arizona reports highlight issues facing Arizona's diverse populations, with ideas for solving these concerns. The publications reflect the data collection of the research team and are designed to inform policy makers and promote growth in the Arizona region.

The Challenges Before Us Forums

In the spirit of ASU’s The Challenges Before Us project to tackle some of the many challenges facing society today, the forums are designed to open a dialogue between experts, practitioners and the community at large.

West Campus Cultural Programs

Black History Month

Black History Month is celebrated during the month of February with events organized by a committee. Signature events include an opening reception and the Pioneer Award dinner. Additional activities aim to educate university and community members through programs that celebrate the contributions of African Americans.

Hispanic Heritage

The Hispanic Heritage Committee organizes educational events to bring awareness about the diversity within the Hispanic culture and to celebrate Hispanic heritage. The committee focuses on Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 – October 15. Activities usually include an opening reception and performance, a night of dance, guest speakers, film presentations and a closing reception.

Native American Events

The mission of the Native American Events Committee (NAEC) is to inform and educate the campus and surrounding community about different Native cultures and to provide awareness of issues and concerns affecting Indian country. The Annual Veteran’s Day Weekend Traditional Pow Wow is held the second Saturday of November and brings to campus traditional singers and dancers from across Arizona and New Mexico.

MLK March on West

The Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. March on West held each January brings hundreds of middle-school children to campus for educational, presentations by ASU faculty and community leaders detailing civil rights landmarks and those who led the movement. The day culminates ina march on the campus reminiscent of the 1963 march on Washington, D.C. Charles St. Clair, technical director of ASU’s Interdisciplinary Arts and Performances delivers King’s dramatic “I Have a Dream” speech.

For more information

Contact the West campus Office of Community & Municipal Relations at 602-543-5300

Export Programs

A listing of other community resources, programs and events at ASU can be found at the Community@ASU website.