Maricopa Community Colleges Provost Named a 2015 National Aspen Institute Ascend Fellow

Tempe, AZ (PRWEB) March 11, 2015

Maricopa Community Colleges Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick has been selected to join the 2015 class of Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows.

The Ascend Fellowship invests in diverse leaders from a range of sectors who have breakthrough ideas to build economic security, educational success, and health and well being for low-income families in the U.S.

“Poverty and inequality are the central economic, political, and moral issues of our time,” said Walter Isaacson, CEO of the Aspen Institute. “The Ascend Fellowship is part of our commitment to advancing opportunity and equality in America.”

These leaders are on the front lines of new solutions to bridge inequality for children and their parents. Included among their ideas and innovations are:

•accelerated ‘bootcamps’ that open up training for high demand jobs to students lacking time and resources;

•systemic shifts in state human services and early education, such as the redesign of child care subsidies; and

•brain science research on the sensitive early months of life and parenting for families that have experienced trauma or toxic stress.

Read bios and see photos of all 21 extraordinary leaders.


The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners.

The Maricopa Community Colleges system includes 10 regionally accredited colleges – Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale and South Mountain, two skill centers, and several satellite campuses and business/ industry, technical and customized training institutes. It also includes the Maricopa Corporate College, which delivers market-relevant, customized workforce solutions and education for students and employees in virtually every industry sector. The Maricopa County Community College District is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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