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Impact Arizona


Utilizing creative forums, Impact Arizona brings together academic experts, students, citizens and community leaders for engaging and productive discussions about race and racism, privilege, democracy and current events impacting Arizona communities and American society. Difficult dialogues, solutions-oriented workshops and lectures are the cornerstone of this creative and holistic effort that encourage critical thinking and positive change while uniting and channeling the ascending social, economic, and political influence Arizona’s citizens offer.

Program Schedule: 

Spring 2018

  • Social Justice and the Political Landscape
    featuring Bakari Sellers
    Thursday, Feburary 15  |  7 p.m.
    ASU Downtown Phoenix
    Beus Center for Law and Society, room 140  |  111 E Taylor St, Phoenix

  • Stay Woke with the Oldest and Boldest
    featuring the NAACP
    Tuesday, February 13  |  6 – 8  p.m. (includes dinner)
    ASU Downtown Phoenix
    A.E. England Building  |  424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

  • Recognizing and Healing Historical Trauma, Part 2
    with Calvin Terrell, Social Centric Institute
    Tuesday, February 27  |  6 – 8:30 p.m.

  • The Criminal Justice System
    Friday, March 23  |  6 – 8:30 p.m.

  • “Becoming Mexipino” Book Talk 
    featuring author Rudy Guevarra, Jr.
    Tuesday, March 27  |  6 - 8 p.m.

  • “The Song and the Silence” Book Talk 
    featuring author Yvette Johnson
    Tuesday, April 10  |   6 – 8 p.m.


Past Programs
(For more information about each program, visit the Archive.)

  • Navigations Through Race in America
    featuring author Donald Guillory
    Tuesday, September 6  |  4 – 6 p.m
    Student Union, Cooly Ballroom C  |  ASU Polytechnic campus

  • Book Discussion Group – “The New Jim Crow”
    Saturday, September 16  |  10 a.m. – Noon
    Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, Word Center  |  1401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix

  • Book Discussion Group – “The New Jim Crow”
    Saturday, October 28  |  10 a.m. – Noon
    Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, Word Center  |  1401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix

  • Recognizing and Healing Historical Trauma, Part 1 
    facilitated by Calvin Terrell, Social Centric Institute
    Tuesday, November 21  |  6 – 8:30  p.m.
    Memorial Hall  |  Steele Indian School Park  |  300 N. 3rd St., Phoenix

  • Racism and Social Media
    Tuesday, November 28  |  6 - 8:30 p.m.
    Marcos de Niza High School - Auditorium  |  6000 S. Lakeshore Dr., Tempe

  • The Color of Law 
    featuring author Richard Rothstein, Economic Policy Institute
    Tuesday, December 5  |  6 – 8  p.m.
    ASU Downtown Phoenix
    Health North, room 110  |  550 N. 3rd St., Phoenix