Leeva Chung

Leeva Chung is a Communication Studies professor and an affiliate faculty member in Ethnic Studies. In addition to being a die-hard San Francisco Giants fan, she is a distinguished Changemaker faculty champion through her work establishing the San Diego Asian Film Festival and pairing her students with real-life situations that impact the greater community.

Dr. Chung is a strong proponent of having students practice career skills in and out of the classroom. For example, her students had a four-day, no cell phone detox to understand the impact social media has on everyday life. Additionally under facilitation from Dr. Chung and the communications department, USD students partnered with the City of San Diego to raise awareness about the Pure Water campaign. Twenty-nine USD students were chosen to create innovative marketing and branding strategies so that the city's campaign could raise greater awareness in the community. Some techniques included establishing a presence on social media through YouTube videos, hashtags, and creative infographics. The success of the project earned Chung USD's 2015 Innovation in Community Engagement Award. But more importantly than the award, Dr. Chung's learning model allowed her class to impact the community on a larger scale.

In Dr. Chung's own life, changemaking is always in constant cycle. Every year brings with it new students and a new opportunity to create change in the larger community as well as within the students. Dr. Chung works hard so that students can learn how not only to be a Changemaker, but also become better, more wholesome people in the process.