The Hive

The Hive supports students wanting to explore changemaking. This four-week program helps passionate students to create social change projects to address campus or community challenges. Hive teams learn and apply the Design Thinking process, focusing on collaboration, problem-solving, and innovation. The Hive also offers funding for a team of three to five students to prototype and develop their idea. All the Hive teams receive mentoring from the start.

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Join the Hive

 The 2020 Fall semester Hive will start in early September.  Feel free to check in with the team at the Changemaker Hub ( with any questions you have! 


  • All undergraduate students who will be returning to USD for the following year and all current graduate students are eligible for project funding
  • The funding may not be used toward formal, credit-bearing study abroad programs
  • Ordinarily, participants commit to at least 4 weeks of fall or spring semester time


  • Create an estimated budget for the grant (amount to be announced early Fall 2020)
  • Attend the Hive's workshop series (four workshops in the fall) 
  • Keep your mentors updated with regular progress reports
  • Attend mentoring meetings


  • Creating ongoing updates for posting on social media 
  • Participating in a reflection on your experiences in a workshop in the spring
  • Sharing your experience with the broader USD community at a lunch in the spring