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Veteran Vision shows dual lives of those who served

October 27, 2015

It’s no simple thing to transition back to civilian life from the military. 

Life at home can seem so far removed from the realities of serving in the armed forces — and yet, neither area is untouched by the other.

Reflecting this layered existence is the work of Arizona State University online student Devin Mitchell.

For his Veteran Vision Project, Mitchell photographs two images of veterans — one, in uniform, reflected in a mirror; the other, how they choose to portray themselves beyond their military identity — and merges them into one photograph, shot in the subject’s home.

Mitchell, a sociology student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, strives to provide veterans a voice about their lives. He recently traveled from his home in Los Angeles to photograph a number of ASU veterans; those photos will be displayed on all four campuses as part of the university’s Salute to Service.

Watch him at work in the video below, and then scroll down to explore the photos he produced after his ASU visit in September.

We’ve included condensed captions with Mitchell's photos; to read the full-length story that goes with each, visit his Veteran Vision Project Facebook page.

Mitchell’s ASU photographs will be on display during Salute to Service at all four campuses:

  • Downtown Phoenix: 2-4 p.m. Oct. 28 (Student Center at the Post Office). Mitchell will speak at 3 p.m.
  • Polytechnic: Nov. 2-6 (Student Union)
  • Tempe: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 29 (Tailgate at Old Main), Nov. 2-6 (Student Services Building)
  • West: 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 3 (University Center Building), 3-5 p.m. Nov. 4 (Changemaker Central). Mitchell will speak at 3 p.m.

Find more about the project at

Ken Fagan

Videographer , ASU News


New ASU certificate to prepare students to work with American Indian nations

October 27, 2015

Arizona State University's School of Politics and Global Studies and the American Indian Studies Program have announced the new American Indian Nation Governance Certificate, which is designed to prepare students to develop greater understanding of government and governance in Native American communities.

The curriculum covers several themes that range from the historical experiences, policies and the sovereign status of American Indians to the legal and political relationships between Native American Nations and the U.S., state and local governments. Students will be better prepared to work with or within American Indian nations, federal and state agencies and non-profits regardless of their academic major or place of employment. Download Full Image

“Arizona is Indian country with 22 tribal nations, each with its own tribal government,” said John Tippeconnic, director of the American Indian Studies Program. “There are 566 tribal governments nationwide. The American Indian Governance Certificate gives students an opportunity to become familiar with important tribal governance concepts like tribal sovereignty, self-determination, government-to-government relationship, and contemporary Indian issues. The result will be Individuals who will be better equipped to work the tribal nations.”

The requirements include coursework in American Indian Studies and Political Science, including optional applied internships. Students may be awarded the certificate upon the completion of 15 specific credits. To learn more about the program requirements click here.

Matt Oxford

Assistant Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications, College of Global Futures