Committee for Charter Initiatives

Dear Sun Devils,

Arizona State University’s charter states that it is “measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed,” and that it assumes “fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.”

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is central to fulfilling that charter. Many members of our community are already leading important conversations and research groups to support students, faculty and staff as well as improve our communities on a local, national and global scale. 

The Committee for Charter Initiatives hopes to bolster these efforts and lead new initiatives that help us build a community of belonging where every voice matters and where new perspectives and histories are shared and valued. 

Each member of the committee is leading strategic programs in their unit. We also collectively hope to address challenges and offer solutions to create an inclusive and constructive learning and working environment for all students, faculty and staff at The College.

If at any time you have questions or concerns about our efforts, or if you want to bring to our attention a policy or practice you feel is not aligned with the ASU charter, my door is always open. You can contact me via email at

Lisa Magaña

Lisa Magaña
Professor, School of Transborder Studies
Associate Dean of Strategic Charter Initiatives
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Committee members and unit initiatives

Bradley Adame.
Bradley Adame

Hugh Downs School Of Human Communication

Two professors in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication are working to revise the school's tenure and promotion guidelines as part of ASU ADVANCE. These revised guidelines will provide faculty with the support in areas ranging from workloads to criteria that allow faculty members to demonstrate excellence across disciplinary boundaries.
Rebecca Blais.
Rebecca Blais 

Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology's Jenessa Shapiro Undergraduate Research Scholarship is dedicated to annually supporting one to two students with documented financial need and demonstrated potential in psychology research with funding of up to $5000.
Sara Brownell.
Sara Brownell

School of Life Sciences

Ask a Biologist is a School of Life Sciences website run by volunteers that serves as a biology education resource for K-12 students, parents and teachers.
Irasema Coronado.
Irasema Coronado 

School of Transborder Studies

The Migratory Student Summer Academy at the School of Transborder Studies is an Arizona Department of Education funded enrichment program for high-school-aged children of Arizona’s migrant seasonal farmworkers that focuses on leadership and instruction of core STEM subjects.
Aviva Dove-Viebahn.
Aviva Dove-Viebahn 

Department of English

RaceB4Race, hosted by the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies it the Department of English, 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.
Marcella Gemelli
Marcella Gemelli

T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics

The Center for Child and Family Success in the Sanford School is an interdisciplinary research center focused on producing pioneering research on the structures and processes that impact daily life for children and families in a rapidly evolving world.
Kjir Hendrickson.
Kjir Hendrickson

School of Molecular Sciences

The Wayne W. Luchsinger Chemistry Scholarship supports undergraduate students majoring in chemistry or biochemistry in the School of Molecular Sciences who are veterans of one of the U.S. military services.
Isaac Joslin.
Isaac Joslin

School of International Letters and Cultures

The Spanish heritage degree track is specially designed for students who have primarily learned Spanish either at home or living within a Spanish-speaking community. This track has been created to help bilingual students expand their Spanish skills and knowledge of their cultural heritage in a rich, confidence-building environment.
Jenett Kirkpatrick.
Jennet Kirkpatrick

School of Politics and Global Studies

The School of Politics and Global Studies is part of the Gendered Violence Research Network, a joint initiative where scholars explore the impact of gendered violence — also known as "gender-based violence" or "gender-related violence."
Aaron Mallory.
Aaron Mallory

School of Social Transformation

APACE (Asian Pacific Advocacy, Culture and Education) Academy, hosted by the School of Social Transformation, is a five-day summer program for high school students. Participants engage in activities which help them find connections between their cultural identity, history and individual professional development.
Tennille Marley.
Tennille Marley

American Indian Studies

The American Indian Studies program embodies the American Indian studies paradigm, which is grounded in the experiences of American Indian nations, peoples, communities and organizations from American Indian perspectives. Its principles are rooted in the concepts of sovereignty and Indigenousness.
Kevin McHugh.
Kevin McHugh

School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

The School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning is home to the Southwest Urban Corridor Integrated Field Laboratory (SW-IFL) and the Urban Climate Research Center, both of which focus on communities disproportionately impacted by extreme heat and other environmental drivers of societal outcomes.
Rhonda Olson.
Rhonda Olson

School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

Collaborative Research: REU Site: Applied Mathematics and Computational Modeling in the Greater Phoenix Area, funded by NSF and housed in the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, provides summer research experiences to mathematically talented undergraduate students who wouldn't otherwise participate in practical, cutting-edge research in applied mathematics and computational modeling.
Michelle Saint.
Michelle Saint

School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies

The Center of Muslim Experience in the U.S. in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies conducts transformative research about American Muslims and their significant contributions to American society and culture, advances student success through creative pedagogical developments and fosters community engagement by bridging inter-community understanding.
Evan Scannapieco.
Evan Scannapieco
School of Earth and Space Exploration
The School of Earth and Space Exploration offers field trips for K-12 students to expose them to science, technology and college students who are pursuing STEM fields. Opportunities include 3D Astronomy Shows at the Marston Exploration Theater.
Adam Seagrave.
Adam Seagrave

School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership

The Maureen O'Gara Hackett Scholarship at the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership supports students have demonstrated academic excellence and shown evidence of ethical leadership potential in the public or private sector
Douglas Shepherd.
Douglas Shepherd

Department of Physics

Physics Chair Patricia Rankin facilitated a partnership between Arizona State University and the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) that will not only serve to advocate for women in STEM, but will provide students and faculty free access to a host of career resources.
Denise Su.
Denise Su

School of Human Evolution and Social Change

The School of Human Evolution and Social Change manages the preservation of the Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve, where students and researchers have contributed to displays of Southwest archaeology research. The preserve offers the public opportunities to learn about Indigenous cultures through tours and a lecture series.
Christy Till.
Christy Till

School of Earth and Space Exploration

The Buseck Center for Meteorite Studies, with over 40,000 meteorite specimens, is housed in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and has a mission to create and share new knowledge in the field of meteoritics and allied disciplines.
Kyle Wilson.
Kyle Wilson

Department of English

Housed in the Department of English and a component of the Central Arizona Writing Project, the Young Adult Writing Program (YAWP) is an annual summer camp designed to offer young writers (typically grades 3-12) a non-evaluative environment to explore the power of writing.