ASU for Arizona

About ASU for Arizona



To promote ASU as an institutional leader in the State of Arizona dedicated to offering Arizona’s rural and urban regions access to ASU's diverse rich academic and cultural assets, and by serving as a portal for ASU’s expertise, tools, and resources.

Specifically, ASU for Arizona’s vision is to enhance and enrich Arizona residents by providing experiences with ASU in accessible and meaningful ways. ASU for Arizona acts as an ‘on-the-ground’ catalyst for university-community alliances across the state, facilitating multi-disciplinary and public/private partnerships.


To create a meaningful presence for ASU across the state of Arizona.

ASU for Arizona positions ASU as a dominant force in the state by serving as an information and relationship broker – the bridge between the external and internal environments – a true outreach arm on behalf of ASU and for the State of Arizona. This initiative leverages public and private resources in rural, midsize, and urban areas across the state. Outreach efforts focus on mobilizing and connecting with key leaders and organizations within communities, and providing them an access point for ASU’s many and varied academic and student resources in order to address community needs. These efforts strengthen communities by increasing ASU's capacity to transfer its knowledge capital to local and regional Arizona communities.

ASU for Arizona is:

  1. Proficient in recognizing community needs and opportunities related to the University’s social embeddedness design imperative; and
  2. Illuminates and develops appropriate relevant resources and processes at ASU that can be applied to remediate those needs and capitalize on the possibilities.

“The biggest rewards for ASU for Arizona are watching students, faculty and community folks come together and utilize their own unique talents and experiences to address community needs.” –Barbara Shaw-Snyder, Director

ASU for Arizona has initiated an array of projects that address a wide variety of issues across the state. Examples of these projects include: Navajo Nation Capitol Studio, Alternative Spring Break, College Fest, Inspiring Voices, El Desayuno, the Payson/Eastern Counties Healthy Forests Initiative, the American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers (AICAE), ASU Student Chapter, and many more.

The following organizations and locations around the state have all been touched by ASU for Arizona sponsored projects:

  • Borderlands Food Bank
  • Casa de Misericordia, Nogales, Sonora
  • Borderlinks
  • Casa Grande
  • Chinle
  • City of Yuma
  • East Van Buren Corridor (metro Phoenix)
  • Elgin
  • Fort Defiance
  • Jeddito
  • Lehi, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
  • National Audubon Society
  • Nogales Chamber of Commerce
  • Office of the Speaker, Navajo Nation
  • Payson Rim Country
  • Sky Harbor Neighborhood Association
  • Sunnyslope
  • Town of Buckeye
  • Window Rock
  • Wilson Schools
  • Yuma Army Proving Grounds
  • Yuma Marina Corps Air Station