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NAU's Associate Vice President of Global Affairs, Daniel Palm, was chosen to take part in the Flinn-Brown Fellowship of Arizona Civic Leadership. Out of the 31 civic leaders who received the fellowship, Palm was the candidate chosen from Coconino County June 30.

The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at the Flinn Foundation focuses on educating those chosen as fellows in national, state and local politics as well as public policy development. The 2020 Flinn-Brown fellows have been tasked specifically with addressing current socio-economic issues within Arizona.

"The competitive Flinn-Brown Fellowship offers unparalleled, rigorous learning about Arizona policy and politics; connections with top state leaders and policy experts," as stated on the organization's website.

Along with gaining connections with state leaders and policy experts, fellows are also provided with 12 full-day seminars on a range of topics. These seminars are currently scheduled to begin in late August and will cover topics such as the economy, education, public health and criminal justice, to name a few. Presenters for the fellowship seminars include state government officials, judges, scholars and administrators.

Director of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at the Flinn Foundation, Dawn Wallace expressed her enthusiasm for the newest fellowship recipients.

“These 31 Arizonans ready to embark on the Flinn-Brown Fellowship will emerge with enhanced knowledge, networks, and inspiration to make a greater impact on the future of Arizona as dedicated civic leaders throughout the state at all levels of government,” Wallace said.

The primary goal of the Flinn-Brown Fellowship is to develop individuals who are civic leaders within their communities in order to strengthen Arizona's future. The Flinn Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Phoenix that sponsors the fellowship and its goals. The foundation's mission, as stated on their website, is to improve the quality of life in Arizona to benefit future generations.