Karen and Tom Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness and Social Action (CASA)


The Mulvaney Center is a community, one that celebrates the individuality and uniqueness of each student. Aligned with USD’s core value of community, we invite students to join a family of peers, alumni, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds committed to building and joining community.  The Mulvaney Center provides individuals an opportunity to expand their community outside of USD to join the broader San Diego and global communities.  The Center recognizes the wisdom held by the local and global communities it joins, and strives to be a part of them while sharing its own presence, resources and knowledge.  Partnering with neighborhoods, social agencies, and organizations throughout San Diego, USD is committed to realize the common good by building strong relationships and working co-intentionally with our partners  "COMMON UNITY."  Through compassionate and reciprocal community engagement the lines between service-provider and service-recipient are blurred until we are in solidarity with one another. 


USD is committed to preparing leaders dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service.   Awareness confronts the core of one’s beliefs. Beyond that initial spark of discovery, awareness involves the capacity to take in one’s surroundings and turn inward to see how one can make a difference. Yet, the very nature of awareness is that one comes face-to-face with how things are and grows through the realization of change. Awareness exposes us to new ideas, different ways of knowing, diverse human perspectives, and opportunities for committed personal growth. Awareness transitions into something more, the potential for transformation, when the change we seek in the world is linked to larger nested systems of connection[1].  The “A” in CASA connects all levels of passion.  CASA’s community engagement approach aspires to create leaders whose actions continuously reflect a larger sense of responsibility towards others. Leaders who, through the practice of joining community, actively recognize and reduce the spaces that keep individuals and different communities separate.

Social Action   

The awareness of one’s impact on the larger world community and ability to be mindful of how one’s actions impact a larger societal context is at the core of Social Action and speaks to its integration into the name of the Center. Social Action is the action one takes after being transformed by a greater awareness of our interconnectedness in the world. It is the action one takes when we wish to join our purpose with the purpose of others. When one practices Social Action regularly, it shapes every decision and way of living, with an eye and heart towards the ripple effects on the world. 

[1] CEE Professional Learning Community Change Model