Social Justice and Human Rights Alumni Making a Difference

Spaces of Opportunity is a project SHJR New College Alumni Nicolas de la Fuente has been working on to help build an on-site ASU Alumni Nicolas de la Fuentefarmer’s market and neighborhood food subscriptions in South Phoenix.  The program will also include the Roosevelt Elementary School District by the way of STEAM based curriculum.  The goal of transforming a food desert to a food oasis has been inspired by Nicolas de la Fuente experience in travels to poverty stricken countries and seeing first hand the abject poverty faced by many families.

To read more about the Spaces of Opportunity project and how you can help visit their website and watch their video explaining more on how you can help make this vision a reality for Nicolas and his team.

To read more about the Social Justice and Human Right’s master degree program that Nicolas received at the West campus visit and speak with an advisor.

Black History Month celebrated at ArtSpace West

Artist, Kris Rhymes
Artist, Kris Rhymes

“The Collection:  Artworks by African-American Artists from the Valley of the Sun,” currently features an installation of unique paintings, sculptures and visual art works on display at ArtSpace West.  Celebrate Black History Month by visiting Arizona State University’s West campus and appreciating the work of artists from the greater Metro Phoenix area, including Valerie Fair, Kris Rhymes, Jackie Muhammad, and Lowaunz Farrow.  The exhibition is open now and runs through February 23 (Mondays-Thursdays only) from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

The gallery of ArtSpace West is coordinated by faculty, staff and students of the IAP program within the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies.  Students who major in interdisciplinary arts and performance receive extensive preparation for careers as artists, performers and creative professionals, and develop critical backgrounds useful for becoming future teachers and scholars.

MLK March at West 2017

Charles St. Clair, a Technical DirectorMLK Reenactment in the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies will be performing the annual speech reenactment of the “I have a dream” speech, Wednesday, January 18 at 11 a.m.  Join local 6th, 7th and 8th grade students and their teachers as they visit the West campus for the traditional “I Have a Dream” speech and historical March on Washington reenactment.

Interactive educational presentations before and after the March on West will help students understand the significance of Martin Luther King’s impact on our nation’s history and in our lives. For more information on all the events for the Martin Luther King, Jr. 2017 Celebration visit

Special Lecture hosted by Barrett, The Honors College

Dr. Mari Lee Mifsud to speak at ASU As a historian of ancient Greek rhetorical theory Dr. Mari Lee Mifsud will explore the Greek concepts of nets and networks and link those ideas to today’s networks, which both bring us together and contrain us. Dr. Mifsud’s lecture titled “Catching Insights From the Ancient Greeks: Nets, Networks, and the Gifts of Greek Thought Today” will begin at 5:00 p.m., January 23, in the Barrett Suite (UCB 201).  A reception will follow at 6:00 p.m. with light hors d’oeuvres and dessert.  The event is hosted by Barrett, The Honors College at the West campus.

Art Gallery Installation at the ASU West campus

Explore Voting Issues at the Voters’ Rights Summit

It’s not too late to register for the Voters’ Rights Summit on Saturday, January 7, 2017.  ASU’s West campus, the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, and the League of Women Voters of Arizona have partnered to host a statewide Voters’ Rights Summit  from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., in the La Sala Ballroom.

The goal of the summit is to bring together citizens, organizations, elected officials, and all parties interested in voting rights to hear from a rich diversity of speakers, and to explore the problems and solutions related to voting issues.

Speakers include the following:

  • Sam Kelley, Summit Moderator
  • Mary Fontes, Federal Compliance Officer, Maricopa County Elections
  • Matt Roberts, Secretary of State Communications Director
  • Joe Kanefield, attorney at Ballard Spahr; previously State Elections Dir., AZ Secretary of State’s Office and Asst. Attorney General
  • Gina Roberts, Citizens Clean Elections Commission Voter Education Manager
  • Raquel Teran, Community Organizer
  • Jim Barton, attorney with Torres Consulting and Law Group; previously AZ Asst. Attorney General, representing the Secretary of State and Citizens Clean Elections Commission
  • Barbara Norrander, Political Science professor, U of A.

Everyone is invited, and more than 150 citizens have already made their reservations! Sessions are free to ASU faculty and students.  To purchase food and drink, click here.   For more information, contact Carol Mattoon, Summit Chair, at 623-815-1019 or

Stay tuned to the Peoria Times for updates from the event!

Dr. Sian Mooney Co-Edits Special Issue of Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics

Associate Dean Sian Mooney was co-editor for the December special issue of the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics with Dr. Jill Hobbs, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, The special issue focused on Applications of Behavioral and Experimental Economics to Decision Making in the Agricultural, Food, and Resource Sectors and showcases advances in and applications of behavioral and experimental economics to applied research questions important to agriculture, food markets, natural resource management, and related policies. This concludes her position as an editor of the journal since 2013. Within the special issue she published the following introductory paper for the special issue:
Hobbs, Jill and Sian Mooney. 2016. Applications of Behavioral and Experimental Economics to Decision Making in the Agricultural, Food, and Resource Sectors: An Introduction. Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 64(4):593-597. Doi: 10.1111/cjag.12117.

Dr. Owen Anderson Expertise on the Bill of Rights – Washington Post Article

ASU Professor Owen AndersonDr. Anderson’s extensive knowledge and expertise on Philosophy and Religious Studies is self-evident in the article he wrote for the Washington Times. In his most recent book “The Declaration of Independence and God: Self-Evident Truths in American Law” (Cambridge University Press, 2015) he discusses what ‘Self-Evident truths’ in the American Declaration of Independence meant to the founding fathers.

In the Washington Times article, “Why the First Amendment is ‘first in importance’” Dr Anderson explains how connecting the freedom of religion with the freedom of speech, the First Amendment gets to the essence of what it is to be a human.

American Psychology-Law Society Awards Dr. Tess Neal with Grant

Research on Bias in the Courtroom

The American Psychology-Law Society awarded Tess Neal a grant-in-aid for a project titled, “An Experimental Study of Bias in Psychologists’ Diagnostic Reasoning.American Psychology Law Society” New College and the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences provided a partial matching of funds (requested by the sponsor). The project will run from Jan – Nov 2017.

ASU Professor PsychologyThis experimental study with randomly-selected licensed psychologist participants across the U.S., randomly assigned to one of four experimental vignettes, will answer for the first time questions about psychologists’ susceptibility to three different types of cognitive bias in their diagnostic reasoning (i.e., context effects, framing effects, and confirmation bias). It will also investigate individual differences in those susceptibilities (i.e., cultural worldviews, cognitive reflection tendencies, susceptibility to the “bias blind spot”). The issue of bias in expert judgment has garnered great interest in recent years, with the National Research Council calling for research on these issues especially in the legal system.






So You’ve Graduated, Now What’s Next?

ASU Fall Convocation 2016
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