Building on a legacy of service to inspire future leaders
The Pastor Center honors Congressman Ed Pastor and his legacy of service in Arizona and the nation—and serves as an inspiration for the future generation of leaders. Located in the ASU Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, the Center serves as a dynamic, student-centric hub of activity that promotes, publicizes, and encourages political engagement and public service among ASU students and the broader community. It embodies ASU’s commitment to being an active agent of change, addressing society’s problems. The center prepares and empowers ASU students from all backgrounds to assume leadership positions in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.
The Center serves on a national stage as one of twenty-five university-based public service institutes participating in Harvard University’s National Campaign for Political and Civic Engagement, launched by the Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics. It is the first in the network to honor a leader representing a minority community—representative of the backgrounds of our participating students and our objective to diversify the population of public service leaders.
The potential power of the millennial voting block is the subject of a lot of talk this election cycle. Will they show up to the polls in November and sway the election? Or will they continue to largely stay home?
One Arizona State University student is fighting that perception of his generation in a big way.
ASU junior Zak Ghali is not only sitting at the Young Democrats table outside of ASU’s Memorial Union just about every day, registering voters and handing out bumper stickers, he’s running a professional campaign.
Growing up in Mexico City, Carlo Altamirano-Allende envisioned a career as a physicist. He had the education. But his heart pulled him in another direction.