Welcome to USD: A Changemaker Campus!

What does that mean?

As a designated Changemaker Campus, USD is a part of Ashoka U, a worldwide network of universities focused on social change and innovation. The Changemaker Hub is a campus-wide manifestation of USD's mission and values, with the purpose of empowering and enabling everyone to be a changemaker. A main focus of the Hub is developing diverse opportunities for students to learn about themselves, to be inspired, and to practice changemaking

Why does it matter to you?

At USD, we believe that everyone can practice changemaking. We encourage you to commit to be in the service of addressing social issues that matter to you and explore new ideas that will have a positive social impact. "To be in the service of" means that we approach our changemaking pursuits with humility and that we understand that our efforts are linked to those who have pursued social justice in the past and those who will follow our own efforts.

What you will do while you are at USD to be in the service of an issue that matters to you? Whatever it is, we encourage you to work with other like-minded individuals to make a positive difference for your community and to leave a legacy and a path for others to follow.

How do you Dive In?

This website contains information on major events, programs, and deadlines that we designed this fall for you to jumpstart your changemaker journey. Check out the links below for popular ways to get involved as a student, and explore the rest of our website for even more opportunities.

A group of students at Student life Pavilion Changemaker Student Committee A group of students from all over campus who practice changemaking at USD by creating programs, initiatives and experiences to foster a community where social change thrives.
Hive Logo The Hive The Hive supports students wanting to explore changemaking opportunities by providing financial support and mentoring as they create a social change project.
Students in front of a display on changemaking at Changemaker Fest Changemaker Challenge The Changemaker Challenge invites University of San Diego students, faculty, and staff to employ their imagination, passion, and hard work to generate ideas to face a current social challenge. The 2020 topic for the challenge is "Addressing Homelessness" Learn more about the Challenge

Our team is here for you! If you would like to set up a virtual Zoom session or join our office hours, please contact us at the info below: 

Table with Changemaker Hub names and emails

JC Rivas, CH Associate Director

Shelby Bocks, CH Chair

Amanda Larson, CH Graduate Assistant

Tanlee Gaspar, CH Fellow

Christina Ledford, CH Projects and Partnerships Fellow

Chelsea Dunleavy, CH Design Thinking Fellow

Madison Pound, CH Student Committee Fellow

Marie Baseel, CH Hive Fellow