Building prosperous communities

The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions is Arizona State University’s laboratory for the innovative production of public goods. We are committed to fearlessly taking on the most daunting challenges facing society and creating an impact with our multidisciplinary approach to solving problems. Whether the focus is on public safety, social welfare, public administration or community development, we bring creativity, systems-level thinking and an entrepreneurial spirit to our mission of building, sustaining and promoting dynamic, prosperous communities.

In a year that has put a glaring spotlight on America's long and troubled history with systemic racism and social injustice, ASU President Michael Crow...Read more

Municipal parks and youth sports programs are gradually reopening as restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to ease. Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, many users...Read more

A partnership between Arizona State University and the Tempe Police Department has yielded a curriculum designed to help officers keep contacts with the public peaceful and productive — and a Team...Read more

George Floyd, the man whose death in police custody launched a thousand protests in 2020, has reignited a critical conversation about systemic racism and social injustice around the world. In 2021...Read more

For a second year in row, ASU’s Social Embeddedness Network Conference was held virtually. But the Zoom-based conference was bigger, better...Read more

The good news, of course, is that more and more Arizonans are receiving COVID-19 vaccines, with tens of thousands getting vaccinated in parking lots at large sports stadiums. But the daily...Read more

Arizona State University’s commitment to the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves is embedded in its charter.

As part of that commitment, ASU...Read more

Book authorship among tenured faculty members is a regular byproduct of their research and scholarship. It’s rarer, although not unheard of, that nontenured instructors are also writing books...Read more

The COVID-19 pandemic has been hardest on the most vulnerable people, and Arizona State University students have been working to help one group in downtown Phoenix.

Residents at the...Read more

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of ...Read more

An Arizona nonprofit is $10,000 richer, thanks to a grant from a charitable foundation presented by an Arizona State University social work class.

The Tucson-based Arizona Youth...Read more

When Arizona State University’s Public Service Academy (PSA) debuted in 2015, its intention was to educate the next generation of public servants. At the time,...Read more