President's Medal for Social Embeddedness

The President’s Medal for Social Embeddedness recognizes ASU faculty and staff who have worked as departmental, interdepartmental or transdisciplinary teams that have demonstrated excellence in embedding ASU in the social and cultural fabric of our surrounding communities. Social Embeddedness at ASU is a university-wide, interactive and mutually-supportive partnership with the communities of Arizona.  Social embeddedness means both the community and the university benefit from and relies upon each other.  At ASU, this vision involves the ongoing integration of five innovative and distinct, yet interrelated, actions: Community Capacity Building; Teaching and Learning; Economic Development; Social Development; and Research.

Award information 

The award application has detailed information and instructions on the entire process. 2020 application submissions are now closed. Contact us if you have questions or need assistance with your application.

President’s Awards Workshop 

The workshop provides tips about organizing and writing submissions in a manner that best represents team and project efforts. Shelly Potts and Alison Cook-Davis of the University Office of Evaluation and Educational Effectiveness will conduct a workshop about measuring and reporting results. You will learn how to present your information in a concise, clear manner that makes it easy for award examiners to review your submission against the award criteria. All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the workshop. Visit Career EDGE to register for the January and February workshops.

Social embeddedness award recipients 


Survivor Link is an ASU partnership with AmeriCorps that increases access to evidence-based interventions for domestic violence survivors. Students are trained as domestic violence victim advocates and research is accessible to professionals in the community.


¡Viva Maryvale! is a solution-oriented, multilevel, multisector collaborative approach that leverages social, cultural and community-level resources to support health promotion and diabetes 2 prevention among high-risk Latino families living in Maryvale, Ariz. 


ASU America Reads Program partners with community organizations to offer tutoring to children living in low-income areas. 


CarePRO stands for Care Partners Reaching Out and is an evidence-based, psychoeducational skills-building intervention for family caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.