ASU's Office of Public Affairs awarded doctoral student Michael Zirulnik the Lattie and Elva Coor Building Great Communities Graduate Fellowship for the 2011-12 academic year. This is a unique fellowship opportunity created to support graduate students doing community engaged scholarly work. The last paragraph in Zirulnik's application titled "Redistributive Governance: Reconnecting Arizonans to Washington & the State" describes his plan for community engagement:
"As Arizona celebrates its centennial of statehood, the voice of voters needs to be heard in a meaningful way. Exploring the ideas of redistributive governance with Arizona's citizens, centered on a focus of science and policy offers direction for the utility of my proposed project. This is an initiative that seeks to connect the community to ASU and strengthen existing relationships with external organizations and elected officials. This work pays attention to the need for bolstering civic participation and informed governance in a manner that is directly related to improving public policy in Arizona's neighborhoods and across the nation."