I hope this message finds you well. Exciting news from our part of the world is the creation of the ASU College of Global Futures (CGF). As ASU’s newest college, CGF brings together the School of Sustainability, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, and a new School of Complex Adaptive Systems. Together, these schools will explore the dynamics of complex, integrated social-ecological-technical systems in order to build a just, equitable future on a thriving, healthy planet. The new college will be home to 1,300 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD degrees offered on campus and hybrid and online formats. The more than 100 faculty and 85 staff of the college will deliver an excellent learning and discovery environment for students and expand partnerships across ASU and around the world. CGF will become the intellectual heart of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory, an ambitious undertaking that spans all colleges at ASU and works with partners around the world to ensure a habitable planet and well-being for all. The creation of the college and laboratory allows ASU to scale its existing efforts to make more profound impacts than ever before.
This is where you come in. My main point of pride is the amazing alumni who have graduated from our degree programs and gone on to do impactful, extraordinary things. You are making a difference. In the coming months, we will be reaching out to you to gather more of your stories. From talking with students, I know that hearing from alumni is incredibly inspiring for them because they can begin to envision their own possible futures. Many of you have volunteered for our job shadowing program and offered internships to our students. I will be enhancing these services with staffing in the College of Global Futures and thank you in advance for anything you can to do to help advance the careers of students and graduates.
Once or twice a year, the School of Sustainability has hosted alumni events in cities around the country. With the launch of CGF, I look forward to hosting college alumni events that will bring together alumni from SFIS and SOS (and eventually SCAS). These are great opportunities for you to reconnect with fellow alumni, for me to catch up on what’s new with you and for you to hear about what’s new with the schools and college, and to develop new ideas of what we can do together to advance the mission of the College of Global Futures, the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory, and ASU. It may be a while before we can travel again, but in the meantime, I look forward to connecting with you by zoom, email, letter, or any other form of communication!
Dean, College of Global Futures
Professor and Director, School of Sustainability