Changemaker Challenge

The Changemaker Challenge invites students, faculty and staff to employ imagination, hard work, and passion to generate ideas for addressing a current social challenge proposed to us by leaders from the San Diego/Tijuana region.

The 2017-2018 Changemaker Challenge theme is Equity and Access: Education, Housing, and Healthcare. While equality encourages us to treat the same, equity asks us to treat everyone fairly and justly by acknowledging that not everyone starts from the same place, and therefore not everyone has access to the same opportunities. The Changemaker Challenge provides an opportunity for engaging in idea-generation, thus increasing awareness and knowledge about current social and environmental problems and mobilizing people towards problem solving.

This year our community is invited to submit a two-minute video to showcase their idea. You can submit your idea by November 13, 2017. The top six video entries will compete for a $6,000 more in awards. People are invited to vote online for their favorite idea, and the number of votes each idea receives will determine its share of the pool. Download the Rules and Eligibility for the Challenge.

Check out the 2015  “Water: Tap Into Your Ideas” Winners

Changemaker Challenge Council 2017

A selected group of leaders in deep social engagement from non-profit and for profit sectors proposed this year’s social issues for our community.

Adina Batnizky, PhD, USD Associate Professor of Sociology
Daniel Roderick, 
MA student, USD School of Nursing
Elisa Sabatini, Via International
Haney Hong, HDH & Associates, LLC
Janine Schooley, Project Concern International
Joon Han, Better San Diego
Josephine Bennet ’81, U.S. Bank
Rasto Ivanic, President & CEO at GroupSolver, Inc.
Sonny Thadani, USD Parent Corps
Stephanie Brown, Principal, Montgomery Middle School