Dive into Changemaking Sessions- Orientation 2019

Spend an afternoon practicing changemaking. Faculty, staff members, community partners, and students have created activities specifically showcasing their work, and invite you to join. Check out the sessions in each category below and register for your favorite one. You can sign up on your USD app as well under the Events section.

Joining New Communities: Empathy, Trust-Building and Leading Change  
In this hands-on workshop, we will explore key behaviors that build trust among members of a community and then put those into action as we develop skills around identifying community issues then collectively strategizing and creating action plans to resolve them.       
Location: Saints Tekakwitha & Serra Hall (SH) 211
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LGBTQIA+: Strengthening Inclusion & Allyship on Campus
Have you ever wondered what all of those letters stand for or which to use? Do you want to be an ally to the LGBTQIA+ community and feel like you have more to learn? This session will unpack LGBTQIA+ identities and begin to explore the experience of holding marginalized gender and/or sexual identities. Through dialogue, reflection, and storytelling, you will walk away with a deeper understanding of sexuality and gender, and a greater ability to stand in solidarity with queer and trans friends and loved ones.  * Enjoy a cup of cold-brewed coffee from a local partner at this session!          
Location: Saints Tekakwitha & Serra Hall (SH) 312  
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Nothing Bundt Feminism      
Nothing Bundt Feminism invites community members to engage in thoughtful dialogue about feminism, feminist issues, and social justice. Modeled after feminist consciousness-raising groups, this discussion invites participants to learn about how systems of power are perpetuated and explores strategies to create positive social change. This is a chance to connect with your peers as well as USD's Women's Center and the work we do. Participants get to learn about themselves and one another in this informal dialogue around internalized sexism. Students of all genders are invited to come share their experiences, listen to others, and enjoy bundt cake!      
Location: The Commons SLP 418 – 424
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Thyme for Change: Community & Belonging
In this session, we explore how change and movement of living things (including humans!) impacts our communities and who we become. By sharing about the communities we belong to and exploring what belonging at USD might look like, we will discover ways we can care for our new community, including making an herb garden out of recycled materials to cultivate in your room.          
Location: New Ministry Center
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Healthy Masculinities: Learning to Unlearn  
For this session, participants will be invited to engage in healthy dialogue around the topic(s) of gender and masculinity both on the intrapersonal and interpersonal level. The experience will be framed through an intersectional lens – taking into account the many complex pieces of our identities – as a way to better understand, honor, and respect the similarities and differences that we hold.  * Enjoy a cup of cold-brewed coffee from a local partner at this session!"
Location: UC Forum B
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Don’t Waste Your College Years: Spotlight on Food Waste 
Don't be wasteful- learn how to be sustainable! In this session, we will discuss a variety of wastes, with a spotlight on food waste. Come learn about food waste, determine the impact of your favorite foods, find out what USD is doing, and develop creative solutions. Learn how you can make an impact by not wasting food!           
LOCATION: Saints Tekakwitha & Serra Hall (SH) 209            
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Food for Thought: Homelessness & Food Insecurity in San Diego   
In this session, you will compassionately engage, examine, and break down biases toward people experiencing homeless. It's time to respond more creatively to human dignity, need, gift, and stereotyping. After, participants will have the chance to pack a bagged lunch to be delivered to Fr. Joe's Villages.     
LOCATION: Saints Tekakwitha & Serra Hall (SH) 101B
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If not me, then who...            
The Travis Manion Foundation is striving to strengthen America’s national character. In an increasingly divisive cultural climate, we hope to unite and strengthen communities. Our nation needs role models that inspire and we should look no further than the civic assets already living in our communities. Veterans and families of the fallen, alongside inspired civilians, are leading the charge, pushing us to be better versions of ourselves and improving our collective character. We invite the next generation of leaders, students and young adults, to join the movement of "If Not Me, Then Who..." by living a life of good character, service, and being a leader in your community. Join TMF at Dive Into Changemaking Day to learn more about your personal character strengths, how you can utilize them in your everyday life, and learn more about opportunities to lead service projects to make a difference and be a leader in your community.
LOCATION: Saints Tekakwitha & Serra Hall (SH) 104B  
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Restorative Justice: How To Fight Fair - And Slushies           
This session will engage participants in some basic communication skill practice through the use of a Restorative Justice Circle/Circles. Participants will hear case studies of typical conflicts that are encountered during the transition to a new place. The proposed session will allow for idea sharing and brainstorming possible approaches to addressing conflict and educate participants in restorative practices. Utilizing a Circle format will provide an opportunity for all to share and all to listen. Circles will be facilitated by trained RJ Facilitators. Students will be invited to apply for the Student Conduct Leadership Team and to participate in a future Restorative Justice training.  Enjoy a slushy at this session!      
LOCATION: Tecolote Patio & Commuter Commons  
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Take a Hike (Changemaking and the Outdoors)        
PLEASE BRING WALKING SHOES, A WATER BOTTLE, WEAR A HAT AND SUNSCREEN!
Come hike through Tecolote Canyon, right on our backyard! Learn more about USD's opportunities to be sustainable at a personal and local level as well as gain insight from local alumni to enjoy all that San Diego's ecosystem has to offer. Please wear close toe shoes, a hat and bring water!"           
LOCATION: Meet at the front of the Student Life Pavilion SLP (by the dining hall)
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The Turning Wheel Project and My Home    
The Turning Wheel Project will engage and expose USD students around the topics of diversity, inclusion and social justice by organizing a workshop and display regarding the theme and perceptions of place and home: A. What are student’s perception of home and homeland? B. In what ways are notions of home inclusive vs. being exclusive? C. Are impressions of home and homeland xenophobic? In other words, do I have to exclude others so that my sense of home can exist? D. Does the University of San Diego represent a sense of home for all? Why or why not?
LOCATION: Look for the big and colorful bus at the front of the University Center
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Interrupting Oppressive Language: Understand Microaggressions and how to Transform them
An interruption is what we say to interrupt oppressive behavior or language. The purpose of this workshop is to help develop tools to give interruptions that create a deeper connection and help to build trust, mutuality, and compassion. As an interrupter we are proceeding with the notion that we all want to be good people, the goal is to help folks connect to their goodness. An important thing to remember when learning this new strategy is that there is not a formula. In this training, participants will develop and practice their own way to interrupt oppressive language making the experience feel more natural. * Enjoy a cup of cold-brewed coffee from a local partner at this session!   
LOCATION: Maher 222          
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Interrupting Unconscious Bias          
Students will take two of the Implicit Attitude Tests (IATs). Namely, the Race IAT, and the Gender-Science IAT. The Race IAT requires the ability to recognize light and dark-skinned faces. It often reveals an automatic preference for light-skin relative to dark-skin. The Gender-Science IAT often reveals a relative link between liberal arts and females and between science and males. After completing the tests, we will do a presentation regarding the results, and why the results are what they are. The presentation will include a few more brief activities. Students will be encouraged to stay engaged with this topic by being asked to monitor their own attitudes and judgments as they move forward with their education. They will be asked to examine their own biases, and see if their own biases spill over into the classroom and into their school assignments. * Enjoy a cup of cold-brewed coffee from a local partner at this session!
LOCATION: Maher Hall 114   
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Patagonia, Poster Fairs, and Postmates: Is “Spendship” Needed to Achieve Friendship?   
It’s Day 3 and we all already have more questions than we thought possible: Where is the best place to get Thai food in San Diego? Wait, what are Twin XL sheets? Will my roommates also like watching reruns of The Office non-stop before it goes off Netflix? All of these questions are rooted in our innate desire to connect with others and make this new environment one where we can thrive. The interactive session will examine the ways in which financial spending is associated with belonging or fitting in with others.       
LOCATION: Saints Tekakwitha & Serra Hall (SH) 212            
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Self-care for Changemaking  
In order to be great Changemakers, we need to care for ourselves to be at our best. Just as on an airplane when we are told to secure our own breathing masks before securing others', we need to take the same approach to caring for our minds, bodies and souls in order to serve others. Changemaking can be taxing on the individual so we must learn ways to practice self-care as a means of fueling and not just fixing. Through this session, we will discuss what self-care is, strategize ways to take care of the self, set self-care goals, and identify signs for when we are not at our best. We will discuss individual and cultural barriers that can impede self-care and ways to create a community supportive of self-care.  We will explore specific opportunities on-campus and in the community for healthy self-care and then participants will have the opportunity to practice one strategy for self-care by selecting to end with a guided meditation, journaling session, or contributing to a community art piece.
LOCATION: DAC 120  
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Yoga and The Practice of Changemaking - Mind, Body, and Soul         
PLEASE BRING COMFORTABLE CLOTHES AND WATER, WE HAVE MATS FOR YOU.  
The Practice Changemaking is rigorous and requires discipline, adaptability, and deep self-awareness. In order to build the capacity and fortitude required to be a Changemaker we believe it is important to create a holistic practice that encompasses mind, body, and soul. This session will include an active 1hr VINYASA YOGA FLOW. If you already have a strong yoga practice, you will have the opportunity to learn how to integrate it into Changemaking. If you are new to yoga, it will be a great opportunity to learn a new physical practice that can keep you tethered to other parts of your life. This session is designed to link both a physical and reflective practice to your work as a Changemaker.   
LOCATION: Immaculata Lawn           
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Change-Making Engineering 
Learn about change-making engineering and how you can make an impact in your community, society, and the world through engineering. The facilitator of this session is Professor Bryan Cornwall who has 20 years experience in the Medical Device industry and is now an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering.  Dr. Cornwall is also involved with the Changemaker Faculty Fellows, faculty members recognized for their passion for innovative pedagogy in their respective fields, for their scholarship, and their commitment to co-develop the USD Changemaker Campus.
LOCATION: Ideation Space    
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Once Upon a Podcast: Motivating Social Change through Storytelling Podcasts     
Storytelling is one of our most powerful tools in motivating social change. This session will provide basic training in storytelling and how to capture stories using podcasting equipment. You will be placed in groups and work with peers to capture each other's stories related to a struggle or challenge you experience and are working through (for example, one that has emerged during your transition to college). You will learn about a variety of storytelling initiatives on campus, and your collected stories may be used in the Humanities Center and Changemaker Hub podcast: "There's More.
LOCATION: Saints Tekakwitha & Serra Hall (SH) 204
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Want to be an entrepreneur as you graduate?    
If you are someone who likes to start something new - recognizing new opportunities to create value for others despite hurdles and enjoy doing that - you are an ENTREPRENEUR! This session provides information on different opportunities available to USD students to cultivate entrepreneurial values, mindset, and attitudes to change the world and address humanity's urgent challenges. We will also take you through a hands-on session to show how your idea can be turned into a business idea that positively impacts the world!
LOCATION: Maher 226          
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Your Personal Growth as a Changemaker: The story of a girl from La Frontera      
In this workshop, students will learn how Bianca transformed challenges into opportunities. Through her journey of growing up on the border to becoming a founder of a socially-minded company, Baja Urban, and co-founder of a youth development and educational organization, Casa Azul Productions, Bianca has experienced tremendous personal and professional growth. These experiences led her to trust in uncertainty and herself, become more resilient, and build confidence along with compassion. Bianca knows that it is no easy task to turn a challenge into an opportunity but with great determination and a willingness to have faith in herself and in others she has continued to grow her business, her professional skills, and her community. Students will engage through a reflection of their own personal traits which have aided them in becoming changemakers. The theme of the workshop will be sailing and will integrate props related to the theme and the topic of the workshop. (60 minutes)          
LOCATION: Saints Tekakwitha & Serra Hall (SH) 314            
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Design Thinking as a tool for your first year at USD 
What if I don’t get along with my roommate? What if I fail my first test? What if I don’t survive first year calculus? What if I don’t like the dining hall food? What if I don’t make any friends? Questions like these are completely reasonable to be thinking right now-- you’re launching into your first year at the University of San Diego. But, what if you aren’t the only one asking these types of questions? And what if you could proactively answer these questions for yourself and others similarly questioning their first year success at USD? This session will give you access to design thinking tools that can make change for yourself and your entire incoming class, as you team up to prototype solutions in areas of common concern for you and your classmates. Through a series of fun human-centered design activities, you will craft meaningful change this very first day of your first year-- come be a changemaker with a bias towards action. * Enjoy a cup of cold brewed coffee from a local partner at this session! 
LOCATION: SLP 320    
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Design Thinking for your First Year at USD   
This interactive and hands-on session will cover fundamentals on Design Thinking as a tool to create a meaningful and exciting first year at USD
LOCATION: Saints Tekakwitha & Serra Hall (SH) 102
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From Concept to Creation     
This session is a brief introduction to design thinking/ human-centered design with the purpose of encouraging you to discuss incorporating your own passions into each of your classes, whether it is a class you enjoy being in or maybe not so much. Then, you will begin to develop and present project-based ideas in groups, allowing you to think of ways to use the knowledge you learn in school, outside of the classroom. For instance, inspiring an idea to integrate art into a biology class to study the parts of the human brain, further bringing together visual arts and science majors to teach younger students in the Linda Vista community how both "sides" of the brain used in these disciplines are essential to brain development. This will allow you to start thinking of your own projects around what you are studying, and begin collaborating with your peers in a variety of majors, getting you excited for what you can create during this school year. * Enjoy a cup of cold-brewed coffee from a local partner at this session!
 LOCATION: Saints Tekakwitha & Serra Hall (SH) 210           
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USD, a Bucket List, and a Map
Don't do college the same way you did High School! This interactive session will use tools developed by Stanford's Design Your Life team to help you map out and make the most of your first year at USD. * Enjoy a cup of cold-brewed coffee from a local partner at this session!
LOCATION: UC Forum A 
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What if? Making change where our first-year fears live       
What if I don’t get along with my roommate? What if I fail my first test? What if I don’t survive first-year calculus? What if I don’t like the dining hall food? What if I don’t make any friends? Questions like these are completely reasonable to be thinking right now-- you’re launching into your first year at the University of San Diego. But, what if you aren’t the only one asking these types of questions? And what if you could proactively answer these questions for yourself and others similarly questioning their first-year success at USD? This session will give you access to design thinking tools that can make a change for yourself and your entire incoming class, as you team up to prototype solutions in areas of common concern for you and your classmates. Through a series of fun human-centered design activities, you will craft meaningful change this very first day of your first year-- come be a changemaker with a bias towards action.  * Enjoy a cup of cold-brewed coffee from a local partner at this session!      
LOCATION: Maher 224          
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Chicano Park Art and Social Movements      
Join a short field trip to visit Chicano Park a symbol of community and Latino activism for decades, a designated a National Historic Landmark. Located in the Barrio Logan, a historically and culturally rich neighborhood.         
Meet at Law/Maher circle tram stop to catch a tram          
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City Heights Coffee: The Sweet Aroma of Social Change      
Join a short field trip visiting USD's partner City Heights Coffee House and learn more about how they are changing the lives of youth one barista at a time. Located in City Heights, a historically and culturally rich neighborhood. 
Meet at Law/Maher circle tram stop to catch a tram          
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Exploring Linda Vista: Welcome to your New Community   
Join us for a drive around the Linda Vista neighborhood and explore one of the most diverse neighborhoods in San Diego. Learn about USD’s changemaking initiatives in the local community and the value of being part of Linda Vista.        
Meet at Law/Maher circle tram stop to catch a tram          
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Outside de Lens, Social Change through Photography          
Outside the Lens is a digital media education non-profit created to empower youth to use digital media to create change within themselves, their community and their world. Their innovative program engages youth, encourages them to tell their stories and teaches them that participation in their community’s future makes a difference. They use cameras and digital media along with a proven educational strategy that allows youth to think creatively, engage in issues that are important to them and advocate for social change.
Meet at Law/Maher circle tram stop to catch a tram
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Pancakes: Serving up Hope - Compassion in Action 
Every Saturday, USD students and San Diego community members serve pancakes to over 200 people in need. Among these people are people without homes, veterans, mothers, and children those that are differently-abled. Come join alumnus and 2017-18 AS President Will Tate in Downtown San Diego to witness the daily lives of underserved communities and reconsider assumptions about the homeless
 Transportation will be provided for this event.        
Meet at Law/Maher circle tram stop to catch a tram          
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New Americans Museum: Understanding America Through a Modern Day Lens   
The New Americans Museum exists to celebrate, preserve, disseminate and understand the stories of our newest immigrants. Our focus is to be a catalyst for honoring America’s recent past and future promise by providing inspiring educational and cultural programs to extol our diverse immigrant experiences. Through an interactive exhibition and a compelling activity at the end of the tour - visitors learn and see what courage and love can do. In this 100th anniversary, NAM, together with our community, we have a key opportunity to share powerful lessons from our history, and take action through our collective voices and mitigate oppression, intolerance, hatred, and injustice. Let this experience serve as an opportunity for you to find your voice – whether that be as an advocate, ally, or agent of change.
Meet at Law/Maher circle tram stop to catch a tram          
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