Join in local and global efforts to promote and sustain positive social change!
Find a project or activity through many of our community programs that connects with your passions or ignites your perspective of different issues.
Service learning reflects USD's emphasis on social justice and ethical conduct. Every year, in every part of the region, USD partners with the local and global community on a range of programs.
More than 80% of the campus community is involved with public service and community engagement.
Community Service Learning (CSL) offers Toreros the option of taking courses throughout their college career that provide community service opportunities as a part of the course work. Some of these are:
- CASA (Center for Awareness, Service, and Action) promotes cultural awareness and social consciousness by providing outreach opportunities and making lasting connections between USD and the community.
- Free specialized legal clinics staffed by USD law students offer legal assistance to lower-income individuals and families.
- The annual Thanksgiving House Project provides USD business students the opportunity to renovate the home of a deserving family in the nearby Linda Vista neighborhood.
- The Institute of College Initiatives hosts such college preparation programs as Upward Bound, Expanding Your Horizons, and Global Youth Leadership Connection.
Our University Ministry also provides a series of service trips and service-oriented immersion programs for more faith-based experiences.
- Sexual Assault Peer Educators and Campus Connections offer health peer education.
- Link Peer Mentoring Program and Peer Advisors offer academic peer education.
- Rainbow Educators offer social justice peer education.
- Be Blue, Go Green offers environmental peer education.
- Peer Hearing Board is a student-run hearing board.
- Empower Retreat offers a chance for female Toreros to grow through a deeper understanding of self.
- Greater than Yourself helps you find explore diversity, identity, and understanding.
- Men's Retreat allows male Toreros to grow through personal reflection.
- Wellness Groups are available throughout the semester and cover a variety of topics around personal well-being.
USD is an innovator of university-community engagement has been recognized widely, including with such honors as:
- One of 76 campuses to receive the Carnegie Foundation's "Community Engagement" classification, and one of 62 recognized by Carnegie for curricular engagement as well as outreach and partnership.
- Listed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for Distinction for Community Service.
- Chosen as one of four California sites for a $120,000, three-year "Learn and Serve" grant from California Campus Compact.
- Honored in a Princeton Review/Campus Compact book, Colleges with a Conscience: 81 Great Schools with Outstanding Community Involvement.