Helping everyone succeed

The College and the ASU Charter

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences strives to follow ASU’s charter as “a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom we exclude, but rather by whom we include and how they succeed.”

Take a look at where we’re at now and what we’re doing to fulfill this promise within The College community and beyond.

Who are we as a college?

As the academic core of the New American University, The College fosters educational excellence, intellectual inquiry, discovery and unmatched access through our unique collection of programs in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities.

Our students, staff and faculty represent diverse cultures and backgrounds. Here are some of the demographics that make up our students and faculty in The College. (Statistics are pulled from fall 2022 data.)

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31% of undergraduate and graduate students are historically underrepresented minorities.*

30% of immersion students; 32% of ASU Online students.

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27% of undergraduate students are first generation. 

26% of immersion students; 29% of ASU Online students.

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63% of undergraduate and graduate students identify as female.

64% of undergraduate students; 59% of graduate students. Available data does not yet include non-binary student information.

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16% of faculty are historically underrepresented minorities.*  

63% of those faculty identify as female.

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50% of faculty are tenured or on tenure track.**

44% are tenured; 12% are on tenure track. 

*Historically underrepresented minorities include American Indian/Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. 

**Statistics are pulled from fall 2021 data.

What do we aspire to be?

We’re building a community of belonging where every voice matters, and where new perspectives and histories are shared.

Committees and councils at the Dean's Office and academic unit levels are leading strategic Charter initiatives. In turn, we hope to empower our students as a new generation of leaders that will help societies become more socially just. 

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How do we serve our community?

As outlined in the university’s Charter, ASU assumes “fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.” The College is an integral part of that purpose.  

Members of The College community are leading several initiatives and programs that drive local, national and global solutions to real-world problems.

Awards and funding

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The Jenessa Shapiro Undergraduate Research Scholarship supports annually one to two ENERGIZE students with documented financial need and demonstrated potential in psychology research, with funding of up to $5000. 

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To improve diversity and equity in the STEM field at ASU, The College launched diversity, equity and justice seed grants to help contribute to equality and inclusion across departments in The College.

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Start with Equity Fellows work with Children’s Equity Project members to conduct, review and translate cutting-edge equity research in early childhood education and serve as interns at a policymaking organization to develop a better understanding of how research becomes policy.

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First-generation college students enrolled in undergraduate degree programs at The College may apply for over $10,000 in scholarships. Applications are available each fall and scholarships are awarded and distributed for the fall and spring semesters.

Campus and community conversations

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This series hosted by the Institute for Humanities Research amplifies the voices of scholars whose work engages topics such as the history of community-centered organization, the process of intergenerational knowledge-sharing and relationships with the land, transformative justice and the complexities of identity formation in America.

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The goal of this program by the Department of English is to encourage first-year students to write about pressing social problems that are relevant to ASU’s mission as a public enterprise. By learning to write about such problems as a community, we increase the probability of finding a solution to them. 

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This initiative funded by the Institute for Humanities Research encompasses various multimedia projects to document, amplify and create alternative cultural resources related to the ecological vulnerability Black communities in the U.S. and around the African Diaspora face.

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The goal of this program is to have an honest conversation about race that provides the audience with a range of views on crucial issues, including perspectives that may not have been included in other events or programs on campus.

Centers and institutes

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This center’s mission is to actively drive the discourse and experiences of underrepresented girls in STEM by owning, generating and critiquing the collective body of scholarship on, and offering culturally responsive programs for, girls of color and STEM education.

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This center is focused on producing pioneering research on the structures and processes that impact daily life for children and families in a rapidly evolving world. It seeks to forge alliances among scholars across the social, behavioral, and health sciences and to join them with community partners and policy makers. 

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This center promotes work that is historically grounded and theoretically expansive, with the aim of advancing dialogues that reach into the present moment and point us to different, more inclusive, futures. 

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This center facilitates powerful and informed dialogues and transformative scholarship about issues related to race and democracy. Programs and events feature accomplished changemakers, community leaders, scholars and professionals.

K-12 outreach

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The Better Together Challenge at the Sanford School’s Center for Child and Family Success supports middle, junior and high school students' success. Teams of students work with a faculty advisor to design projects to make their school environments more inclusive, safe and equitable. 

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This series of initiatives within the Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics is focused on using basic research to identify factors and develop programs that promote positive outcomes among Latino youth and their families.

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This lab within the Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics conducts high-quality research studies that provide insight into social and cultural factors that shape children's and adolescents' social, school and psychological adjustment in diverse populations.

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This storytelling and advocacy project funded by the Institute for Humanities Research and the Global Sport Institute seeks to disrupt anti-transgender legislation and policies by collecting and sharing primary accounts from transgender and non-binary students.

Socially embedded programming

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The Children’s Equity Project at the Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics works at the intersection of research, practice and policy and focuses on closing opportunity gaps and dismantling systemic racism in learning settings to ensure that children reach their full potential.

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The Network is a joint initiative of ASU, the PLuS Alliance, and the University of New South Wales and unites domestic and international research expertise to respond to, prevent and end gendered violence in the United States and beyond.

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This program, led by the School of Molecular Sciences, is part of the larger Inclusive Graduate Education Network, a collaboration of more than 30 professional societies and institutions, leading a paradigm shift in increasing the participation of Black, Latino and Indigenous students in graduate programs in physical sciences.

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RaceB4Race is an ongoing conference series and professional network community by and for scholars of color working on issues of race in premodern literature, history and culture. RaceB4Race centers the expertise, perspectives and sociopolitical interests of BIPOC scholars, whose work seeks to expand critical race theory.

Training and mentorship

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This committee within the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies helps students and the broader community understand the ongoing realities of systemic racial violence and oppression, and amplifies past and present voices offering alternative visions of justice.

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This student-run organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in mathematics. Undergraduate students, graduate students, post-docs and professors come together to create and foster a strong community around girls and young women interested in mathematics. Membership is open to any student, regardless of gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation or disability.

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This resource page on the Department of Psychology's website is designed to provide easy-to-access resources to maximize student wellness and connections to opportunities within and outside the department.

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This initiative helps connect students with meaningful research lab experience during their undergraduate career. The labs are specifically looking for students who are under-represented in the sciences. This includes: racial and ethnic background, sexual orientation, religious diversity, first-generation students, international students, students with disabilities, nontraditional students, rural students, older students and students with families.