Facilities

Arizona State University’s presence in Washington, D.C., is a critical component in a broad institutional effort to create and share knowledge with the power and potential to change the world. ASU is poised to bring its commitment and energy as a New American University to our nation’s capital and to engage with others who are prepared to transform ideas into action. 

ASU Barrett & O’Connor Washington Center

Arizona State University’s presence in Washington, D.C., is a critical component in a broad institutional effort to create and share knowledge with the power to change the world. ASU is poised to bring its commitment and energy as a New American University to our nation’s capital and to engage with others who are prepared to transform ideas into action.

Following a nearly fifteen year presence in Washington, D.C., in 2018, ASU opened its flagship facility – the ASU Barbara Barrett and Sandra Day O’Connor Washington Center.

The Barrett & O’Connor Washington Center expands ASU’s presence in the nation’s capital, spurring innovative national engagements and partnerships; providing one-of-a-kind learning, teaching and research opportunities for students and faculty members; facilitating ASU’s participation in high-level idea exchanges; and expanding the impact of groundbreaking research efforts. The center houses ASU’s Washington, D.C.-based academic programs, including the Washington Bureau of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Rule of Law and Governance program, the Capital Scholars program, and the McCain Institute’s Next Generation Leaders program, among many others. In addition to hosting classes and internships on-site, special lectures and seminars taught from the Barrett & O’Connor Washington Center are connected to classrooms in Arizona through video-conferencing technology.

The Washington, D.C., offices of the McCain Institute for International Leadership, the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, National Policy Affairs, the Center on the Future of War, ASU International Development, and the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development are also located on-site, facilitating interactions between policymakers, opinion leaders, federal research agencies and ASU experts.

Visitor Information

Decision Theater Washington, D.C.

The Decision Theater is a powerful tool for helping experts and policymakers prototype better decisions. The Decision Theater utilizes state-of-the-art technology to present data models on a panoramic, seven-screen, high-definition display. The display surrounds those gathered in the room and provides an invaluable tool to facilitate discussion and collaborative problem-solving.

Hosting an ASU Event in D.C.

ASU’s Barrett & O’Connor Washington Center is a valuable tool for faculty and staff seeking to bring Washington insiders and university representatives together. ASU faculty, staff and partners are welcome to host classes, meetings, conferences, workshops, receptions, video conferences and other events at the Barrett & O’Connor Washington Center.

The Barrett & O’Connor Washington Center can accommodate meetings and programs with up to 70 seated guests (depending on the requested room setup) and receptions with up to 120 guests. The PDF iconASU Washington Center Event Guide provides room diagrams, a capacity chart, a list of audio-visual capabilities, catering options, and more. To check availability of event and meeting space at the ASU Washington Center for an ASU-hosted function, or for assistance with planning your ASU meeting or event, please contact Roxanne Ladd, Director of Operations, at roxanne.ladd@asu.edu or (202) 446-0381. 

For larger meetings and events that cannot be accommodated at the ASU Barrett & O’Connor Washington Center, please contact Roxanne Ladd for assistance in identifying an appropriate venue.

Please note that ASU does not offer the Washington Center event space for rental to outside groups. 

Hoteling Space in Washington, D.C.

The ASU Barrett & O’Connor Washington Center features flexible hoteling and meeting space for ASU faculty and staff visiting Washington, D.C. The workspace is a quiet office environment featuring Wi-Fi, desktop computers, telephones, access to printers and copiers, as well as basic office supplies.

Meeting space is available for groups of up to 20 guests and features video conferencing, Skype, Vidyo, audio conferencing, PowerPoint, Internet and cable TV capabilities.

To reserve hoteling or meeting space, please contact Roxanne Ladd, Director of Operations,  at roxanne.ladd@asu.edu or (202) 446-0381.