Taking on accessibility

First Friday attracts thousands of people to Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix each month. Many come for the art, atmosphere, music and food. A group of ASU students came for a different reason: to see what the event is like for people with disabilities. 

Imelda Ojeda

Imelda Ojeda chose to pursue dual master’s degrees in public administration and social work in Arizona State University's Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions — not for the betterment of her career but to improve the quality of life for underserved families.

Frank Smith

ASU junior Frank Smith testified before the Arizona Legislature as part of efforts to create a college tuition waiver for former foster children – kids like Smith himself. The waiver was signed into law in 2013. That work earned him a Truman scholarship.

Mahalia Newmark

ASU graduate student Mahalia Newmark, a citizen of First Nation from Canada, is one of three students selected for a pilot internship program at the Heard Museum in Phoenix.

Outstanding graduate Fatemah Bernard

Fatemah Bernard has battled with literacy challenges, but now earning her bachelor's degree in public service and public policy, she plans to pursue an advanced degree and work toward contributions in public education policy.

Will Novak

Will Novak has received funding through ASU's Innovation Challenge to further his idea to make Phoenix-area canals more welcoming, integrated parts of the community.

College outstanding graduate Courtney Carter

The need to serve community and country drove Courtney Carter to join the U.S. Navy. Now, earning his bachelor's degree in urban and metropolitan studies, Carter plans to use his passion for urban areas to bring innovative solutions that "creatively activate public spaces."