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ASU Culture Ripples Community of Practice


ASU intentionally builds a collaborative and transparent culture, which ripples out from the heart of the ASU IT community, transforming the technical and relational architectures necessary for democratized learning and living.

Culture Ripples is an ASU community of practice dedicated to co-creating a university-wide culture that enables appreciation, collaboration, and innovation throughout ASU. Our community is intentionally diverse and currently represents 22 departments and academic units across all levels and functions, from front-line staff and faculty to senior-level leaders.

In FY21, the Culture Ripples Community of Practice will engage with students, faculty and staff across ASU to conduct an Appreciative Inquiry delving into the best practices already present at ASU, while highlighting the desires and dreams we collectively value for a collaborative and transparent university culture of innovation.


Culture Mapping

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One of Culture Ripple’s goals is to complete 1,200 “Power of 3” Appreciative Interviews. The purpose behind the interviews is to engage and discover what cultural artifacts we want to preserve and what we want to change. The Culture Ripple (CR) member will complete three 1:1 interviews with various members of the ASU community. Then, each interviewee conducts their own three 1:1 interviews--hence the “Power of 3”. Simultaneously, an IRB-approved research project will be conducted to study the “ripple effect” of the Appreciative Inquiry process and impact of the Culture Mapping project to the university culture.

During Innovation Week, we will use the Culture Mapping findings to inform a community-wide conversation around what culture + innovation means at ASU, culminating in an action plan for elevating the culture of innovation at ASU.

Questions we tackle may include:

  • How do innovation, justice, and inclusion interact?
  • What responsibilities do we have as innovators?
  • How are culture and innovation interrelated?
  • How might non-technology elements (such as art and people) continue to play important roles in our increasingly technological world?

Background + History

The University Technology Office at Arizona State University began the journey of culture transformation in December 2017 with the creation of the UTO Positive Core. This set of values, aspirations and commitments are at the heart of everything we do at UTO. By the summer of 2018, there was a growing hunger to actualize these high-level commitments and to see the values being lived by the UTO family.

To that end, a design team called UTO Culture Designers was launched, populated by a maximum mixture of UTO employees across campuses, levels and roles. This group developed the initial strategic priorities for culture work across UTO and recommended that a larger community of practice be formed.

In January 2018, the Culture Weavers Community of Practice was launched, with invitations extended to every member of the UTO family.

From our work and findings in UTO’s Culture Weavers, in January 2020, Culture Ripples was launched. Read More.



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Our Efforts

Appreciative Interviews

Are you ready to start interviewing? Visit the Appreciative Interviewers resource page for links to the Recording Form, a training video from our resident Appreciative Inquiry Expert, and other tips and tricks

Meaning Making

 Simultaneous to interviews, this separate team engaged in qualitative data analysis.


CR research

Interested in learning about the IRB-approved study to investigate the culture ripples process? Come meet the research team, the Advisory Committee members, and see what the study team is up to.

ASU Culture Ripples in the Community

Remote Resilience 

Culture Ripples: Making Connections

As ASU continues to monitor COVID-19, the university has transitioned from in-person teaching and learning to remote options. In this challenging time, however, the collective innovation of ASU faculty and staff has demonstrated remarkable adaptability. Read more

 2020 Empower ASU IT Professional Community Day 

2020 Empower: ASU IT Professional Community Day

Culture Ripples: Expanding the Culture of Innovation at ASU

Watch the first meeting of the Culture Ripples Community of Practice.  Watch here.

Culture Ripples Founding Members

Culture Ripples Founding Members

Adero C E Allison Assistant Director EOSS/DRC
Anthony "AJ" Marson Tech Support Analyst Senior SDA Administration Athletics
Antonio MirandaStretch Assignment - CultureUniversity Technology Office
April Rigler HD Student Services SpecialistUniversity Technology Office
Carole Flores Business Operations Manager ASU Biodesign Institute
Caroline VanIngen-Dunn Director SFAz Center for STEM
Chris Tyler Project Manager IT University Technology Office
Christine Whitney Sanchez Chief Culture Officer University Technology Office
Dara Foias Chief Technology Officer, Student Services Educational Outreach and Student Services (EOSS)
Denise Felsenthal Director, Engineering Technical Services Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.
Edward Garcia Manager, Information Technology Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Gemma Garcia Director of Online Curriculum and Digital Innovation The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Henry Barto Director of Information Technology Services College of Health Solutions
Jean Squires Program Coordinator ECS Cust Engment New Prod Intro University Technology Office
Jeannette Greyson Director of People & TalentBusiness Services & Sustainability
Jenni Blair Assistant Director Enrollment Services
Jennifer Wilken Director of Enrollment Analysis Office of the University Provost
Jodi Menees Director Information Technology Barrett Honors College
Kelly Morris Director of Technology Operations Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
Kevin Beyer Director of Information Technology Services The College
Kristin Kennedy Business Intelligence Dvlp Pri University Analytics & Data Services University Technology Office
Kyle Bowen Executive Director Learning ExperienceUniversity Technology Office
Laura Polk Director of Online Thunderbird
Liz Farley-Metzger Executive Coordinator University Technology Office
Lori Johnson Manager - Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services; Interpreter Senior Disability Resource Center
Mary Elizabeth Graft Business Process Analyst Organizational Performance
Matt Binzler Senior Director, Marketing Technologies and Integrations The Hub
Michaeljoni Martinez Customer Service Supervisor- Experience Center, FFA Specialist University Technology Office
Phillip Frew Systems Analyst Senior Biodesign Institute
Phillip Tarrent Research Data Management Officer, Knowledge Enterprise Development Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Phylicia Martel Office Supervisor College of Health Solutions
Sam Becker Executive Director, Communications + Creative University Technology Office
Sandy Johnson Special AdvisorUniversity Technology Office
Seth Levine Manager Information Technology Systems and StrategyUniversity Technology Office
Zella Muro Manager Operations and Exp CenterUniversity Technology Office