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Yzaguirre to strengthen ASU’s national position in community development and civil rights

Raul Yzaguirre

ASU has appointed Raul Yzaguirre as presidential professor of practice in community development and civil rights at ASU.

Yzaguirre, former president and chief executive officer of the National Council of La Raza, will help create a center, to be located at ASU’s downtown Phoenix campus, that will focus on community development, education for practitioners and academic scholarship in the form of dissertations, lectures and seminars.

Yzaguirre is one of the most widely recognized national leaders in the Hispanic community. His involvement in many of the most critical legislative and public policy issues of the last three decades has made him a key national player on behalf of Hispanic Americans. As president and chief executive officer of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest constituency-based national Hispanic organization and a leading Hispanic “think tank” in Washington, D.C., he followed his mission to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans.

Since joining NCLR in 1974, Yzaguirre has spearheaded NCLR’s emergence as the most influential and respected Hispanic organization in the country.

Yzaguirre’s appointment, which begins Jan. 23, follows ASU’s practices of social embeddedness and global engagement through the principles under the model of the New American University.

“ASU is one of the premier metropolitan public research universities in the nation,” says ASU President Michael Crow. “Raul’s innovative thinking and strong connections with state and national Hispanic assemblies will continue to promote efforts and create numerous opportunities for collaboration.”

Yzaguirre will work with many of ASU’s programs that focus on the diverse community, including the Department of Chicano/a Studies; the College of Law; the Department of Psychology; the Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management; and the College of Public Programs. In addition, the center also will engage faculty members from the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict and schools under development, focusing on family and social dynamics and community resources and development.

NCLR was founded 36 years ago in Phoenix, and Yzaguirre was instrumental in making the organization the leading Hispanic think tank in the country. As ASU continues to engage with state, national and international groups, Yzaguirre’s expertise will be instrumental in guiding the university into the next level of higher education.

“Raul has the expertise to help establish ASU as the nexus of dialogue for Latino community development professionals, policy actors and academic experts,” says Nancy Jordan, ASU’s associate vice president of community development in the Office of Public Affairs. “The development of ASU’s downtown Phoenix campus needs to embrace its existing relationships with the Hispanic community and provide innovative ways to create new working relationships. Raul provides the leadership we need to achieve this.”


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