In 2009 Justice Sandra O’Connor charged the founding O’Connor House Board to create a vision and mission to ensure good governance for Arizona.

Thus came O’Connor House’s mission . . .To create an Arizona where important policy decisions are made through a process of civil discussion, critical analysis of facts and informed participation of all citizens. And its Mission . . . To continue Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s legacy of solving important social, economic and political problems through “civil talk that leads to civic action.”

To commemorate National Voter Registration Day on September 24th, O’Connor House and the League of Women Voters are joining forces in Arizona to elevate the state’s national ranking by increasing voter registration and encouraging turnout. Following the 2012 elections, Arizona ranked 45th in the nation for voter turnout.

For more information, click HERE.


In 2009, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor founded to reverse Americans’ declining civic knowledge and participation. Securing our democracy, she realized, requires teaching the next generation to understand and respect our system of governance. Today iCivics is used in all 50 States. In Arizona, O’Connor House and the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education are leading the way in promoting iCivics use in the classroom and at home. iCivics prepares young Americans to become knowledgeable, engaged 21st century citizens by creating free and innovative educational materials.

"Welcome to iCivics: A video for educators, students and parents"

O’Connor House is pleased to present a new video featuring iCivics in use in Pinal County, Arizona. To watch the video please click HERE.

To learn more about iCivics and hear a message from Justice O'Connor, watch a video HERE


SpeakOut AZ

October 31, 2013

Arizona Deliberates to Lead SpeakOut AZ Transition


In 2011 O’Connor House launched what would become SpeakOut AZ, its first civic engagement project, in response to findings in the Arizona We Want Report and AZ Gallup Poll.  Pursuant to its vision of civil discussion and informed participation, O’Connor House’s incubation of SpeakOut AZ enabled the program to develop its mission and evolve to the point where it is ready to move to its next stage of development.  Arizona Deliberates, launched in early 2013, shares many goals with SpeakOut AZ, with a mission to coordinate statewide community deliberation forums to reach policy consensus and recommendations, and to serve as a technical assistance network for practices related to community engagement, community dialogue and deliberation. 

During September, O’Connor House/SpeakOut AZ and Arizona Deliberates held exploratory discussions regarding a potential partnership between the two civic engagement programs. O’Connor House and Arizona Deliberates are pleased to announce that effective November 1 and continuing over the next six months, Arizona Deliberates will lead the SpeakOut AZ transition period, providing assessment and evaluation in addition to leadership to assist the program’s stakeholders in determining the program’s future path.  Any questions about the transition can be addressed to Lori Poloni-Staudinger, Statewide Coordinator, Arizona Deliberates, at

Arizona Deliberates is a collaboration between Maricopa Community College's Center for Civic Participation, Northern Arizona University's Project for Political Deliberation, and Our Family Services' Center for Community Dialogue.

To learn more, click HERE.

To learn more about SpeakOut AZ, contact:

Julie Gustavson - Project Coordinator | 602-682-2019 |