'TEDxASUWest 2020: Community Transformed' to stream virtually this week

September 23, 2020

Communities now are often presented as divisive groupings that pit one set of interests against another. But in a time when individuals self-report increasing loneliness and anxiety, community can provide companionship and support.

To create such a community, TEDx is coming to Arizona State University in a virtual format. Fourteen speakers, comprised of faculty, students and community members, will share their own experiences and show how ideas have the power to change the world. The third annual TEDxASUWest event will be streamed live on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. For more information on how to reserve your ticket, visit tedxwest.asu.edu TEDxASUWest 2020: Community Transformed

This year’s theme is "community transformed," and speakers come together from multiple disciplines and cultures to present on a wide range of topics, including art, science, history and education.

“The meaning of community is different for everyone who experiences it,” said TEDxASUWest organizer Justice McClinton. “Our hope is that this event allows viewers to relate to one another, our speakers and the campus community.”

Since February, she has been working alongside the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences and CommLabASU to organize a unique program that allows others to share their passions.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. This event is called TEDxASUWest, where "x" signifies an independently organized TED event.

“I want to make the TEDxASUWest experience for this year's speakers just as good as mine was last year, if not better,” said Yumna Samie, 2020 co-campaign manager for TEDxASUWest and 2019 speaker.

Thursday night at 6 p.m., topics will focus on transformational power found within community and what communities can achieve. Audience members will be encouraged to examine their own understandings of community, recognize the transformative nature of connections and proactively seek out new methods of engagement.

TEDxASUWest is no stranger to innovation, and the event team has worked all year to bring TEDx to a digital platform. In this groundbreaking format, TEDxASUWest: Community Transformed will be accessible to the entire ASU community, for free. Furthermore, viewers will be tuning in from all over the world, with tickets reserved from such locations as Canada, India, the Philippines and Guam.

“I want this event to showcase as many unique voices as possible,” McClinton said. “I hope that we’ll be able to inspire and motivate the next generation of Sun Devils to embrace community and to take pride in their ideas.”

The full roster of speakers at TEDxASUWest: Community Transformed include:

Patrick Bixby, associate professor, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

Beulah Supriya, graduate student, poet.

Kim Toms, instructor, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

Christina Peugh, graduate student, communication studies.

Deborah Hall, associate professor, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Justin Hamilton, youth pastor, Generation Church.

Melody Yoon, undergraduate student, English and secondary education studies.

Paula Veach, lecturer, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts.

Makenna Flynn, undergraduate student, Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Kimberly Vehon, CEO, Foster Arizona.

Joel Nishimura, assistant professor, School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences.

Jordan Brown, undergraduate student, communication studies.

Katarina Kunert, graduate student, communication studies.

Allan Colbern, assistant professor, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

TEDxASUWest: Community Transformed is supported by ASU's New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions and CommLabASU.

Media and Events Specialist, The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences


ASU Law students promote human rights, international development through summer internship program

September 23, 2020

Gaining hands-on experience with organizations in developing countries around the world, students from Arizona State University's Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law are helping to advance human and civil rights, promote democracy and affect other global issues through the International Rule of Law and Security summer internship program.

Through the internship program, ASU Law Juris Doctor, Master of Legal Studies and Master of Laws students use their legal research, writing and other skills in working with the organizations, many of which are understaffed or underfunded. So having access to the caliber of talent ASU Law students contribute, even just for 10 weeks over the summer, makes a tremendous difference. screenshot of a Zoom meeting between ASU students and Judge Jerlie Requerme ASU Law International Rule of Law and Security summer interns meet with Judge Jerlie Requerme via Zoom to discuss access to justice issues in the Philippines. Download Full Image

The program started last summer with four ASU Law students interning in the Southeast Asian nation of Timor-Leste at the Judicial System Monitoring Program and the Office of the Provedor for Human Rights and Justice. ASU Law significantly expanded the program for 2020, more than tripling the number of interns over last year.

This year’s 13 students worked remotely for the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa and Corruption Watch in Johannesburg, South Africa; the Ateneo Human Rights Center and the Commission on Human Rights in Manila, Philippines; and the Judicial System Monitoring Program and the Office of the Provedor for Human Rights and Justice in Dili, Timor-Leste.

“Through working on challenging legal issues in another country and learning about the role of international law, (International Rule of Law and Security) interns have been able to build experience that will help them land jobs after graduation and contribute to the work of local organizations protecting the rights of vulnerable people,” said Professor Julia Fromholz, director of the International Rule of Law and Security program. “We are also developing long-term relationships with the organizations that host our students, and we look forward to sending more interns to them in person as soon as it’s safe to do so.”

Gaining valuable work experience by putting into practice what they learn at ASU Law and working with diverse groups of people and organizations, the program's student interns say the experience is helping to shape the remainder of their time at law school and their thoughts on future careers.

Sharon Foster, ASU Law 2021 JD candidate, conducted research for a report on prisoners’ rights at the Office of the Provedor for Human Rights and Justice in Timor-Leste. Priyal Thakkar, ASU Law 2022 JD candidate, worked on several topics pertaining to women’s and sexual rights at Initiative for Strategic Litigation, a pan-African, feminist strategic litigation NGO in Johannesburg.

They recently shared what the experience meant to them on video:

Video by ASU Law

While the 2020 summer interns participated remotely due to COVID-19, they will all have the opportunity to visit their internship host organizations and cities when it is safe to travel.

Summer 2021 applications are expected to open in January.

Read more about ASU Law students who interned at the Initiative for Strategic Litigation here and those with the Office of the Provedor for Human Rights and Justice here.

You can also learn more from the students in their blog posts:

• "Consular obligations Concerning Human Trafficking Survivors" by Isabella B. Ruggeri, a JD 2021 candidate.

• "Problems and Parallels in Policing: The United States and Timor-Leste" by Foster.

• "A Possible Path Forward for Global Climate Change Litigation" by Maria L. Hodge, JD 2021 candidate.

Julie Tenney

Director of Communications, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law