Social Justice

Public Interest Technology (PIT) at ASU advances social justice. Every effort, whether research, practice, policy, or technological innovation, is underpinned by values of diversity, equality, access, and participation. PIT at ASU’s commitment to social justice is entwined with engagement and curriculum efforts, with endeavors like Re-Engineered and the Indigenous Design Collaborative fostering equitable socio-technical change. For PIT at ASU, justice principles are as foundational to engineering as they are to policy, the humanities, teaching, design, and more. PIT faculty, students, and staff work to ensure that future leaders are prepared, communities are empowered, and all work is accountable not only to present and future conditions but historic ones as well. PIT at ASU social justice initiatives can be found in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the School of Sustainability, and elsewhere across the university. 

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The Cluster Project is a design competition that challenges interdisciplinary students to solve real-world problems. The competition was established in 2007 and is housed in the Herberger Institute for Design and Arts.
Grassroots Energy Innovation, a project theme in the Center for Energy and Society, advances society’s most vulnerable members through energy innovation.