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.

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.

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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.


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.

Speaker Series

During the Spring 2020 semester, we will host a series of conversations on campus 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.

Tuesday, February 25

"The Criminalization of Homelessness in San Diego" with Ann Menasche, Esq.

Time and Location: 12:15-1:00pm in SLP 320

Many unsheltered persons in our community are regularly cited, fined, or even jailed for performing life-sustaining activities (sleeping, eating, sitting, and more) in public spaces. Join us for a conversation with a lawyer at a statewide nonprofit legal organization to discuss how local laws and ordinances impact unsheltered persons' daily lives. Lunch will be provided.


Thursday, March 12

"Addressing Homelessness in Our Community" with Jonathan Castillo, Chief Regional Officer of PATH San Diego

Time and Location: 12:15-1:15pm in MRH 127

PATH is a statewide nonprofit organization that helps people find permanent housing and provides case management, medical and mental healthcare, benefits advocacy, employment training, and other services. Join us for this conversation with Jonathan Castillo to learn more about this organization's work, the Housing First model, and the complexities of permanent supportive housing. Lunch will be provided.


Monday, April 6 (Postponed to Fall 2020 due to COVID-19)

"Supporting Unsheltered Persons in Linda Vista" with religious leaders and unsheltered persons from Ebenezer Church

Time and Location: 12:15-1:30pm in SLP 320

Right down the street from USD, Ebenezer Church is a faith community committed to walking side by side with those who struggle with housing, immigration rights, financial health, and more. Join us for this conversation with Pastor Noel Musicha, Pastor Jere Lester, and a few of their unsheltered friends. We will hear about their personal and shared journeys and also discuss Ebenezer's current initiatives. Lunch will be provided.

Homelessness and Food Insecurity Awareness Week at USD

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