Funded SP2024 Strategic Initiatives

The Fall 2017 semester marked the first round of strategic initiative proposal funding, providing individuals and/or teams the opportunity to submit proposals for advancing USD's Envisioning 2024 Strategic Plan. From the 28 full proposals submitted, the ten proposals described below have been awarded full or partial funding. 

These initiatives reflect an innovative approach of addressing a problem/opportunity that supports USD’s strategic goals and pathways. They span across multiple units on campus or extend out into the community. These initiatives will help USD to set the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university, where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. Awardees will be formally acknowledged during the President's Forum on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

Title of Initiative SP2024 Goal Tied to Objective of the Initiative Awardee

A Transformational Change

Goal 2 To increase the effectiveness of undergraduate research at USD by both increasing the number of students engaged, and by addressing insufficiencies and inequalities in student support across programs (SURE, PURE, & McNair) Jennifer Prairie, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental and Ocean Sciences
Discovering the Engineer Goal 5 The Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, along with campus and community partners, plan to create and engage middle school students of color in engineering activities that involve practices in their own language, using approaches from their own culture, and providing engineering solutions to their communities. Joel Alejandro Mejia, Professor of Engineering
E2E STEM Incubator Goal 5 USD - Linda Vista Partnership: Education to Employment (E2E) incubator can serve as a venue for coordinating and facilitating USD-K12 STEM projects. Heather Lattimer, Executive Director, IEE, Professor, Learning and Teaching
Engineering Exchange Goal 5 The Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, along with the Mulvaney Center, plan on turning community-defined 'problem briefs' into actionable students assignments, design projects, research theses, or extra-curricular pro bono engineering projects (supported by local professional engineers). Additionally, the Engineering Exchange will take engineering to the community via an exhibition truck. Susan Lord, Professor and Chair of General Engineering
The Turning Wheels Project Goal 5 USD - Logan Heights partnership with plans of a mobile classroom. Through art exhibits, music, dance, public lectures and theater, the mobile classroom would serve as an exhibit space and gathering place for drawing in community members to learn and to address key issues and challenges of the community with involvement and participation from USD faculty, staff and students. Alberto Lopez Pulido, Professor, Ethnic Studies
Science Meets Indigenous Ways of Knowing Goal 1 USD adjunct faculty, in partnership with the local Kumeyaay people, will develop an undergraduate lecture/lab course that synthesizes Indigenous knowledge and Western science, as well as develop inquiry-based laboratory sessions that can be integrated into a Kumeyaay land-based curriculum. Persephone Lewis, Tribal Liaison/ Professor of Practice, Ethnic Studies Department
Environment and Social Justice Goal 3 The Changemaker Hub intends to leverage its five years of interdisciplinary experience with Climate Education Partners to cultivate the next generation of leaders, strengthen organizations and communities, and implement solutions through comprehensive curriculum, innovative educational models, collaborative research and community engagement. Emily Young, Executive Director, The Nonprofit Institute, SOLES
Mapping the Pathways Goal 3 To implement an online interface that will provide our various divisions with a method to use technology to track curricular and co-curricular engagement as well as well as provide a database of all of USD’s community partners. John Loggins, Director of Community Engaged Learning, The Mulvaney Center
Paying it Forward Goal 3 To collect and analyze data to inform USD about how to increase alumni donations. Deborah Kelly, Clinical Professor of Economics
Bridging the Town Goal 5 The Mulvaney Center, in partnership with Mission and Ministry, the Center for Inclusion and Diversity and the Changemaker Hub, plans to increase access and opportunity for local and cross border community partners by offsetting the campus scheduling, operations and parking costs associated with bringing the community to campus, as well as looking at alternative forms of sustainable mobility. Maria Silva, Director, Neighborhood and Community Engaged Partnerships, The Mulvaney Center