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"Through the generosity of our donors, the commitment of our faculty, and the succes of our students, we offer answers to life's most vexing challenges."
Dean Jonathan Koppell
The Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions is made up of four schools and more than 20 research centers—all with a shared goal of advancing research and discovery of public value, and furthering the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities that we serve.
An investment in our College is an investment into society's wellbeing. The work of the College is altering people's lives and transforming entire communities far beyond just the lives of our students in the programs. Our donors invest in community strength and betterment and enhance our society as a whole.
In partnership with the Arizona Department of Housing, the city of Phoenix, and the owners of the iconic Westward Ho building in downtown Phoenix, ASU recently launched an initiative to bring social work, recreational therapy, nursing, and nutrition services to 300 at-risk residents. Students in the College help staff a state-of-the-art social services clinic called the Collaboratory, which provides residents with counseling as well as community and social services.
Day of Service: Westwood Neighborhood
Through more than 800 community partners, our students give more than 600,000 hours of service in the community. They are part of the Community Solutions Corps, working collaboratively to affect change. The College Day of Service is just one example, bringing together more than 150 ASU students, faculty and staff to clean alleys and repaint murals in the Westwood community of central Phoenix.
For as far back as she can remember, Arizona State University Professor Teri Kennedy loved spending time with older folks. At family gatherings growing up, she was the child who hung out with the parents and grandparents. “I always wanted to sit and listen to them,” she remembers. “I thought they were so interesting.” So it’s fitting that her life’s work pays tribute to the generations that came before her.