Advocacy and Engagement

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

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 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.

LDF Logo

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.


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

  • 2020 Program
  • 2019 Program