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Civic Leadership and Democracy

2022 Arizona Town Hall Annual Meeting 

Friday, June 17, 2022 | 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Rio Salado College Conference Center | Online through Zoom

During this hybrid event, participants will hear presentations on the top potential topics for 2024 (as identified by our Annual Topic Survey).

The event and presentations are open to the public and a great program for anyone interested in the hottest issues facing Arizona. After speaker presentations, participants will engage in panel discussions on the three topics presented, have the opportunity to introduce potential topics, and help select the 2023 topic.

Community Town Halls will also be held before the Statewide Town Hall on the chosen topic. These smaller sessions will tap into communities across the state in order to capture input from Arizona's many diverse perspectives. Reports from the Community Town Hall sessions will be compiled and included with the background materials to further enrich the discussions at the statewide Town Hall.

The topic chosen for 2023 is Equity

The topics for consideration and their presenters are:

  • Water Sustainability - Sarah Porter, Director, Kyl Center for Water Policy at Arizona State University's Morrison Institute for Public Policy
  • Education Funding - Rachel Yanof, Leader, Rachel Yanof LLC
  • Civic Leadership and Democracy - Paul Brierley, Yuma
  • Climate Change - Katharine Jacobs, Director, Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions, The University of Arizona

Attend the Annual Meeting to vote on these topics! Click here to see previous Town Hall topics and their reports.

2022 Shirley Agnos Arizona Town Hall Legacy Award

During the program will be the presentation of the 2022 Shirley Agnos Arizona Town Hall Legacy Award to Linda Elliott-Nelson!

Dr. Linda Elliott-Nelson is from Yuma, Arizona. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business and Spanish at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, then completed a masters in Business Administration and a masters degree in Spanish at Arizona State University, and completed her Ph.D. in Education at Walden University. Linda served as the chair of Arizona Town Hall in 2015-2017 and is the current past chair of Arizona Women in Higher Education. She also served as the co-chair of the AZ Transfer Steering Committee and the co-chair of the Arizona Chief Academic Officers for the state. Her positions at Arizona Western College included vice president for Learning Services, Dean of Instruction, division chair of Modern Languages, and professor of Spanish. She currently serves in Strategic Partnerships/Vinculacion as the liaison with Mexico. Her recognitions include the International Athena Award, Arizona Western College Teacher of the Year, Outstanding University/College Level Educator Award for Arizona by the Arizona Language Association, Outstanding Educator at Rio Salado Community College, and member of the national Modern Language Association committee on Two-Year Colleges. She has served on the boards of United Way Yuma County, Southwest Arizona Town Hall, Arizona Women in Higher Education, the BASW Advisory Board for NAU-Yuma, as well as the Yuma Education Advocacy Council. Linda is now on the Yuma Orchestra Association Board, Arizona Historical Society Board, and she is a board intern on the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area.

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