Advocacy and Engagement

The Collective works to spread awareness about the realities of homelessness and food insecurity both on and off campus. Through democratic collaboration and advocacy, we seek to cultivate meaningful change.

Get involved in San Diego's upcoming Point-in-Time Count (happening on January 23, 2020)!

Click the logo on the left to learn more and sign up to volunteer.


October 21-24, 2019: Homelessness & Food Insecurity Awareness Week at USD

The Urgent Challenges Collective will be hosting Homelessness and Food Insecurity Awareness Week at the University of San Diego from October 21-24, 2019. Awareness Week is an opportunity for our campus community to learn more about these multidimensional issues and think critically & creatively about how to address them.


Interactive Exhibit on Homelessness and Food Insecurity

9:00am-9:00pm | UC 282 (Across from the Torero Store)
Visit the exhibit to learn more about homelessness and food insecurity in the United States, the State of California, and San Diego County. Works from local San Diego Artist Neil Shigley's collection "Invisible People" will be on display. Listen to the stories of our USD community members who are personally impacted by these issues and find out ways to learn more and to take action, including writing a message of hope.



PB and Jammin': Pack Lunches for Our Homeless Neighbors

12:30-2:00pm | Mother Teresa Plaza (outside SLP main dining)

Pack lunches for homeless individuals (to be donated to Father Joe's Villages), listen to music, and learn about our other upcoming events. This event is hosted in collaboration with Students for Life and University Ministry.


Inocente Documentary & Discussion

6:30-8:00pm | Mother Teresa Plaza (rain location: UC Forum B)

Come see this Academy Award-winning documentary about a 15-year-old girl in San Diego who, though homeless and undocumented, refuses to give up on her dream of being an artist. Hosted in collaboration with the Just Read! Program.



Candlelight Vigil

8:15pm | Paseo de Colachis (in front of Founders Hall)
Please join us as we remember all those experiencing homelessness, listen to some of their stories, and set an intention to stand in solidarity with them.

Mass for Peace

9:00pm | Founders Chapel
This week's Mass for Peace will include special intentions for our homeless neighbors. Open to all!



Housing and Food Access Resource Fair

12:00-2:00pm | Immaculata Lawn

Learn about local resources, organizations, and service opportunities for addressing homelessness and food insecurity.

*Students can earn 1 Compass/Connect/Passport point at this event!


What's Next?: Community Meal and Call to Action

7:00pm | KIPJ A

Join us for dinner as we reflect on what we have learned about homelessness and food insecurity and ways in which USD can take action on these issues on and off campus. This will be an interactive event where all students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to contribute. Please RSVP here.

*Students can earn 1 Compass/Connect/Passport point at this event!


Donate to the USD Food Pantry!

Monday-Friday | Outside of Maata'yuum Crossroads, Copley Library, West Parking Structure Tram Stop, Outside of Tu Mercado, & KIPJ Kiosk
Please donate non-perishable, non-canned food. Examples: cereal, protein bars, macaroni and cheese, rice, condiments, peanut butter and jelly, laundry pods, body wash, hygeine products. We currently have 100 students registered to use the USD Food Pantry, your generous donation is appreciated!

Awareness Week is hosted by the Urgent Challenges Collective in collaboration with the Changemaker Hub, University Ministry, the Mulvaney Center, Student Affairs, Student Support Services, the Center for Educational Excellence, the Just Read! Program, the Humanities Center, the Center for Catholic Thought and Culture, and the Torero Renaissance Scholars.

Flyer for upcoming events