A Neighborhood Transformation Project
United by Purpose is the true story of the transformation of West Phoenix. Once known as the most dangerous section of America’s fifth largest city, the area is now in the midst of an inspiring turnaround led by Grand Canyon University (GCU). Through inspirational stories, United by Purpose encourages you to get involved and transform your community.
Revitalizing West Phoenix
United by Purpose showcases GCU’s five-point plan of local revitalization including: attainable higher education, crime prevention and safety, job development, next-generation workforce and residential property renewal.
The GCU Learning Lounge has evolved from a groundbreaking partnership between GCU and Alhambra High School into a greater movement to make the community a better place. In the Learning Lounge, local students receive academic assistance to help discover their potential and achieve their goals. These students can then move onto college, earn a degree and return to the community to start their career.
Small Business Success Story
Maya Hinojos, a Colangelo College of Business alumna, shares how the support of her college dean and professors, along with her educational experiences, impacted her family’s small business, Comfort Pedic Inc. As manager, Maya custom-designed mattresses for the GCU residence halls and enhanced her business skills by implementing classroom learning into the workplace.
Jobs are a necessity, essential for living and supporting our families. At Grand Canyon University, the college experience becomes the journey for this discovery. Students search for their purpose. They explore more about their passion. They prepare for a career. Our hope is that once our students graduate, they will follow their career ambitions right here in West Phoenix.
For many of us, we may not give our safety, our sense of security, a second thought. But for the local community surrounding Grand Canyon University, crime and poverty have been the norm, like the prevailing antagonist of the unfinished story of West Phoenix. And that’s where the true partnership between GCU and the Phoenix Police Department steps in.
Together, GCU and West Phoenix stands side-by-side with their partners to write new chapters of diversity, inclusion and empowerment, and invite you to be a part of these transformative efforts in the community.
Impactful STEM education is a journey that begins early on in academics and progresses throughout college where at GCU, students are encouraged to embrace their talents and act on their curiosities within a culture that fosters and celebrates hands-on, real-world innovation.