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 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.

Our community is invited to submit a two-minute video to showcase their idea. The top 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. This year's Finalists are now on our Facebook page, take a look and vote!



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Learn from the Best

This playlist explores the issues related to this year's theme, Equity and Access: Education, Housing, and Healthcare. Watching these TED Talks is a great place to begin to learn about how experts in the field are already addressing these issues in their own communities.

Just Read Events

Book Cover- $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, Authors: Kathryn Edin and Luke Shaefer

This year's Just Read! selection, $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, discusses the lived experiences of the nearly 1.5 million American households surviving on virtually no cash income. Film screenings, discussions, and other events have been planned to explore the themes of this book and how the USD community can take action. Learn more and see this year's programming.


The first step to addressing global and local challenges is awareness. Take a look at some infographics to learn more about the disparities in access to healthcare, education, and housing.

Changemaker Challenge Council 2018

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.

Elisa Sabatini, Via 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

Changemaker Challenge Judges 2018

Stay tuned to learn who will be the judging panel for 2018!