Austin Galy

Austin Galy
Phone: (619) 260-2350
Office: Student Life Pavilion 324

Assistant Director, Student Leadership & Learning

Austin Galy is the newly appointed Assistant Director of Student Leadership and Learning to the University of San Diego’s Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness and Social Action (CASA). In his role, Austin works collaboratively with staff, students, faculty, administrators and community partners to deepen ties between USD and the surrounding community. Focusing primarily on the development of student leadership, his role has allowed him to create spaces for students and community members to learn and grow alongside one another through the development of equitable and democratic-reciprocal relationships.


He is a soon to be two time alum of USD, graduating in 2016 with his BA in Sociology (with a concentration in Social Justice), and is currently pursuing his MA in Peace and Justice from the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice. His focus looks closely at understanding the role of gender in spaces of conflict. Particularly, the associations between hypermasculinity and mental health in deeply traumatized settings, including: incarcerated minors, active duty military, and combat veterans.


Prior to his appointment as Assistant Director, Austin worked for a year, after completing his undergrad, as a Student Advisor and Residential Life CASA Liaison for the University. Austin came into the role with a diverse professional background, especially in terms of his leadership experience. From 2009 - 2014, he served as an active duty member of the United States Air Force Special Forces, spending multiple years abroad in the Middle East as an expert in the region(s) of Jordan and Iraq. After returning from his final deployment in the summer of 2014, Austin made the decision to separate and return to school in pursuit of more sustainable and preventative methods for peace and ultimately, transformative justice.


From 2014 - 2016, he had the great fortune of serving as the Youth and Peacebuilding Intern for the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, and as and as a Campaign Manager for Amnesty International, the world’s largest non-profit human rights organization. In his role, he was responsible for initiating lobbying support and social activism for numerous campaigns against international human rights violations including: “Security with Human Rights and the Police Brutality” movements.

Collectively, his experiences have now led him to a passionate career working with young people, and creating equitable and accessible spaces for young adults to attain education through experience rather than by design.