Cultural Relations works to strengthen bonds between ASU and Arizona’s diverse ethnic, racial, and leadership organizations to ensure the University’s community ties reflect its global student population and its global reach.
Guided by ASU’s Charter to be “measured not by whom we exclude, but rather by whom we include,” this office brings a range of voices to ASU in support of student, faculty and staff success. We work with civic associations, chambers of commerce, and societal leadership groups who contribute a vibrant thread to the tapestry that is Arizona.
Assistant Vice President, Cultural Relations
During her time at ASU, Kenja Hassan has worked to forge relationships with diverse communities throughout the state of Arizona. Kenja has brought college preparation programs to American Indian youth on reservations, orchestrated national dialogs on pressing issues in the Nation’s capital, guided student service projects across Arizona, and launched a series of reports on the status of Arizona’s diverse communities.
Kenja serves on the City of Phoenix Fast Track Cities Committee, working to end the HIV epidemic. She is a member of the Advocacy Committee of the Metro Phoenix YWCA and the African American Women’s Giving and Empowerment Circle at the Arizona Community Foundation. She has served on boards including Trellis, which addresses affordable housing, Arizona Saves, which provided financial literacy training, and Asian Pacific Community in Action, which offers healthcare support to Arizonans in need.
She is a member of Valley Leadership’s Class 35 and was recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal as a Forty under 40 leader and a Diversity Champion. For her work to build bridges and strengthen Arizona communities, Kenja has been recognized by the City of Phoenix Human Relations Commission, the Arizona Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, Asian Corporate and Entrepreneur Leaders, the Black Board of Directors Project, the NAACP, the Phoenix Suns and PetSmart. She received a prestigious Rosa Parks award in from the Association for Access Equity and Diversity.
Kenja was a Rotary ambassador to Japan which resulted in ASU being the focus of a global study on how Japanese universities can be more strategically engaged in their local communities.
Ms. Hassan holds a B.A. in Religion from Princeton University and a M.A. in Religious Studies from Arizona State University both with an emphasis on American Indian traditions. Her writings on American Indian religious land claims have been presented before congress and published in a compilation of oral histories.
Contact Kenja Hassan
502 E. Monroe St. #C100 Phoenix, AZ 85004