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Over the years, UI has engaged in dozens of impactful projects across the university. The following is a curated list of projects we have previously designed, have passed on to an institutional partner or played a role in developing.


10,000 Solutions

In 2011, UI helped design, develop and launch 10,000 solutions, an experiment in collaboration that collects and showcases innovative ideas to solve local and global challenges. In Fall 2012, 10,000 Solutions became a signature project of Changemaker Central. The project ended in 2014.

A New American University Reader

As ASU approached the tenth anniversary of the New American University model established by President Crow in 2001, UI worked with the Office of Public Affairs to compile a selection of relevant writings about the university’s progress. The PDF iconNew American University Reader includes President Crow’s recent publications on ASU, the design of knowledge enterprises and a number of related topics in addition to news coverage of ASU’s transformation. Most of the articles and book chapters in this volume focus on the transformation of ASU as a case study for the operationalization of the New American University model.

Ashoka Changemaker Campus

In August 2010, ASU became the first university in the southwestern United States to join the Ashoka Changemaker Campus Consortium, dedicated to growing social entrepreneurship education. UI facilitated the Consortium application process, strategic site visits, monthly onboarding meetings, grant-funding applications and the execution of the Ashoka U Exchange program in 2012.

Ashoka U Exchange

In 2012, UI led the planning, design and execution of the Ashoka U Exchange, a two-day conference of over 450 participants representing more than 100 leading university, non-profit, corporate and philanthropic institutions. The convening was an opportunity to exchange ideas and challenge perspectives about disruptive innovation in higher education.

ASU Designed by You

ASU Designed by You is a deck of printable cards with people, ideas and action “suits” that can be used to describe the various elements of ASU’s DNA to students, community members and employees.

ASU Innovation Challenge

The ASU Innovation Challenge was a signature program of Changemaker Central that awarded up to $10,000 to make impactful student projects, ventures, prototypes or community partnership ideas a reality. UI supported the program by finding new donor prospects to ensure that $40,000 are awarded each year.

ASU Preparatory Academy

The K-12 ASU Preparatory Academy initiative began in UI, and was successfully transitioned to ASU’s Office of the Vice President for Education Partnerships in 2011. UI continued to provide guidance to ASU Prep by working with the Ashoka Youth Venture team to guide ASU Prep teachers through the “Dream It. Do It.” curriculum and coordinating related events like the United Way Agency Fair throughout the school year.

Carnegie Classification

Since receiving the Carnegie Foundation classification of a Community Engaged University in 2014, UI has coordinated the re-classification process annually based on the input of administrators, faculty and staff.

Center for Science and the Imagination

Conceived from an idea to reimagine the future through storytelling and cross-sector collaboration, Arizona State University's Center for Science and the Imagination (CSI) brings together humanists, artists and scientists to reignite humanity's grand ambitions for innovation and discovery. The center serves as network hub for audacious moonshot ideas and a cultural engine for thoughtful optimism. CSI was originally incubated by the Office of University Initiatives until it officially launched in Fall 2012.

Changemaker Central

Changemaker Central is student-run resource hub for all of ASU’s social innovators seeking to engage in social entrepreneurship ventures, civic engagement, service learning and community service. Physical Changemaker Central spaces are open on all campuses, serving as a key gathering space to connect students of every age, background and area of study. UI worked with staff from Education Outreach and Student Services (EOSS) to outline core functions and operations, develop a launch plan for fall 2011 and assemble a student leadership team. In 2011-2012, UI staff co-advised the student leadership team with EOSS staff, created pathways for community partnerships and sought funding opportunities to sustain Changemaker Central.

Clinton Global Initiative University

Modeled after the Clinton Global Initiative, which connects and catalyzes world leaders to take action on global challenges, Clinton Global Initiative University engages young leaders from college campuses around the world. In 2014, UI secured a bid to host the Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting to elevate ASU’s commitment to student-driven social change and entrepreneurship, attended by over 1,000 students from over 300 colleges and universities in all 50 states and more than 80 countries. The event featured Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton and included Jimmy Kimmel, Bill Drayton and other guests.

Code for America

In 2012, UI worked with the ASU Office of Public Affairs to assist the City of Mesa in developing strategies for establishing the Code for America (CfA) Fellowship in their city government. In July 2013, the City of Mesa was accepted as a CfA finalist and invited to receive fellows in January of 2014.

Communities Connect Dialogue/Ignite @ ASU

UI worked with Ignite Phoenix in 2010-2011 to prepare a series of workshops, presentations and conversations between ASU and the surrounding community. In 2011, UI partnered with the Canon Leadership Program to involve student leaders in the planning process to strengthen the student voice, becoming 100% student-run by 2012. In 2013, the program was transitioned to Changemaker Central under the name Ignite@ASU sponsored by The Arizona State Credit Union.

Community @ ASU

Community@ASU is an online portal that communicates volunteer, community and service-learning opportunities and connects a variety of stakeholders including entrepreneurs, community members, faculty and students. UI manages the Community@ASU website, curating information and publishing annual reports on ASU programs that reflect our commitment to social embeddedness.


iCivics was founded in 2009 to prepare young Americans to become more knowledgeable and engaged citizens by creating free and innovative educational materials. UI supported the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education in the implementation of iCivics across the greater Phoenix metro area by providing strategic advice and thought partnership.

K-16 Education and Career Pathways

After UI fellows conducted extensive interviews with 18 senior education leaders across Arizona in 2014, UI created “The Pathways Imperative” report in partnership with the Center for the Future of Arizona. The report highlighted and investigated the network of Phoenix Metropolitan initiatives working to establish education-career pathways for students.

Kauffman Campus Initiative

UI lead the effort to establish ASU as a Kauffman Campus by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in 2006, earning ASU a 5-year $5 million grant to change the way entrepreneurship is viewed, taught and experienced in higher education.

My New American University

A video series on the transformation of ASU to a New American University through the lens of the students, faculty and staff who actively shape it.

New American University Student Training

UI created a series of educational opportunities to not only introduce students to ASU’s eight design aspirations but also to communicate why the design aspirations should matter to students. The content is delivered via routes relevant to college-aged students with a three-minute voiced over Prezi and a personality quiz titled “What type of Sun Devil are you?” that determines which of the eight design aspirations a student relates to the most.

National Service

UI has worked with the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute, AmeriCorps Alum, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism in Arizona and other partners to advance national service causes. This includes hosting events and trainings, leading advocacy efforts, brokering public-private partnerships and incubating projects (like the AmeriCorps Alumni Network).

Social Impact Assessment Initiative

In 2006, UI launched the Social Impact Assessment Initiative with the Escalante Community Center and advisory board to address the challenges around measuring social impact. A pilot study was developed based on the “logic model” used by the United Way, intended to inform an evaluation tool for all of ASU’s community partnerships. The logic model that was developed ultimately fit Escalante’s needs, however, was not flexible enough to be applied to other evaluation contexts.

Stardust Center for Affordable Homes and the Family

With a $2.5 million investment and input of the Stardust Foundation, guidance from the Associate Vice President for Economic Affairs Rob Melnick, and leadership from President Crow, UI developed a proposal for the ASU Stardust Center for Affordable Homes and the Family that aimed to generate solutions to the lack of affordable housing in our region.

Take the Lead

In 2014, UI was connected with Take the Lead founder Gloria Feldt to help develop and launch Take the Lead’s first online women’s leadership course at ASU, in partnership with ASU Online. In addition, UI and Take the Lead co-created a launch event that aimed to engage students and community members in the movement toward leadership parity.

Teach for America

In its effort to promote educational achievement for all Arizonans, Teach for America and ASU have developed an extensive partnership – a partnership that UI helped to start and that now lives in ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

Valley of the Sun United Way

In 2011, UI leveraged an existing relationship with the Valley of the Sun United Way to co-create a fellowship position whose work aligns with the missions of both organizations. Projects resulting from the split fellowship have included the creation of the Student United Way at ASU student organization to the development of an undergraduate community solutions course. In 2013, UI transitioned the position to Educational Outreach and Student Services (EOSS) at ASU.

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