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The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions is made up of four schools and 24 centers with focus on public safety, social welfare, public administration and community development at home and abroad. School faculty and students are helping transform policy nationally and locally, interacting with more than 800 community partners and volunteering more than 650,000 service hours each year.
Abroad, faculty and students work to promote cross-cultural studies in China, emergency management in Serbia, health interventions in Australia, education and tourism in Asia and Europe. Notable projects and initiatives in the college include work through the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center on health disparities and culturally relevant drug prevention in the U.S., Mexico and South America, the School of Social Work’s efforts to combat human trafficking and violence in Arizona and beyond, and pursuit of sustainable water policies in the U.S. and Mexico through ASU’s Decision Center for a Desert City and Kyl Center for Water Policy.
The college is also home to the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders program, which annually supports 50 young African leaders to study civic leadership, public management, and entrepreneurship to advance economic development, education and health, non-profits or other efforts to address core concerns in their home countries.