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.

Homelessness and Food Insecurity Action Week 2020

The Urgent Challenges Collective will be hosting Homelessness and Food Insecurity Action Week virtually from September 22-25, 2020. Building off the momentum of last year's Awareness Week, which provided opportunities for our campus community to learn more about these multidimensional issues, this year's Action Week will include events that provide opportunities to meaningfully engage and address them. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all events will take place via Zoom.

This listing below includes an abbreviated version of the Action Week calendar; full event descriptions can be found on our Events page. Please note that you will need to register in advance of the event in order to receive the Zoom link.


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

Speaker Series: Understanding the Upcoming Ballot Measure on Affordable Housing

1:15pm-2:15pm Pacific Time | Zoom (pre-registration required)
 
Featuring Stephen Russell, Executive Director of the San Diego Housing Federation
 
 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Speaker Series: Fighting for Housing - In Conversation with Conor Dougherty

1:00-2:00pm Pacific Time | Zoom (pre-registration required)

Featuring Conor Dougherty, author of Golden Gates (USD Just Read! book for 2020-2021)

 

Housing & Food Access Resource Fair: PATH and Think Dignity

2:30-3:30pm Pacific Time | Zoom (pre-registration required)

Learn more about the work being done at PATH and Think Dignity as well as ways in which you can get involved!

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

Speaker Series: The Catholic Worker Movement Then and Now - A Call to Action

12:30-1:30pm Pacific Time | Zoom (pre-registration required)
 
Featuring three members of the local Catholic Worker movement

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

Housing & Food Access Resource Fair: Ebenezer Church, Feeding San Diego, and the USD Food Pantry / Torero Closet

11:00am-12:00pm Pacific Time | Zoom (pre-registration required)

Learn more about the work being done at Ebenezer Church, Feeding San Diego, and the USD Food Pantry and Torero Closet. Discover ways in which you can get involved!

 

Housing & Food Access Resource Fair: Father Joe's Villages and Yes on Measure A

2:00-3:00pm Pacific Time | Zoom (pre-registration required)

Learn more about the work being done at Father Joe's Villages and Yes on Measure A as well as ways in which you can get involved!

 


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

Action Week 2020 Flyer

Speaker Series

During the 2020-2021 academic year, we will host a series of conversations with local lawyers, nonprofit leaders, and others who work to address homelessness in San Diego. Through informed conversations, we hope to cultivate deeper understanding of homelessness as a multidimensional issue in our community.

Our Fall 2020 Speaker Series includes the following events:

  • August 27 | Covering Homelessness
  • September 14 | Homelessness and the Court System
  • September 22 | Understanding the Upcoming Ballot Measure on Affordable Housing
  • September 23 | Fighting for Housing: In Conversation with Conor Dougherty
  • September 24 | The Catholic Worker Movement Then and Now: A Call to Action
  • October 7 | Using Economics to Untangle the Housing Paradox
  • October 14 | A Conversation About Housing with Gary Geiler
  • October 28 | Youth, Homelessness, and Health

Please note that pre-registration is required for these events. The Zoom link will be sent 24 hours prior to the event start time. See our Events page for details and links to the registration portal.

Have a suggestions for our Spring 2021 Speaker Series? Email our team to discuss your idea!


Supporting Persons Experiencing Homelessness During COVID-19

When public health emergencies arise, unsheltered individuals are often among the most vulnerable members of our society. Our "Resources" page includes weekly updates about how the city of San Diego is working to protect persons experiencing homelessness during COVID-19. We would also like to highlight the work being done by the following organizations during this time. If you are looking for ways to support individuals experiencing homelessness in ways that will have a direct impact, please read more about the opportunities listed below.

PATH Logo

PATH serves more than 20% of the homeless population in California, through nine interim housing shelters, 14 supportive housing communities, and dozens of outreach teams hitting the streets each day. All of these services will continue through the COVID-19 crisis. If you are interested in supporting PATH's work, please consider making a donation online.

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The Lucky Duck Foundation’s mission since 2017 has been to alleviate the suffering of San Diego County’s homeless population. LDF has directed millions of dollars to fund bridge shelters, employment programs, transportation, community care kits, meals and other critical services for the homeless. They have compiled an excellent list of organizations around San Diego that need support during the COVID-19 crisis, and you can also donate directly to LDF online.

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We All We Got SD is an all-volunteer grassroots group operating in Kumeyaay territories. They strive to cultivate solidarity, not charity; they do not believe it is their role to determine which items someone may need to survive. Instead this group respects people’s ability to determine what they need and what is right for them. To learn more about this organization's work surrounding COVID-19, please visit their website.


Homelessness and Food Insecurity Action Week at USD

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