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

Mission and Vision 

Through reciprocal community-based learning, the Mulvaney Center engages USD students, faculty, staff, and alumni to learn and act in partnership with the community, making life-long commitments to promote social change and justice. As a core value, community engagement reflects the mission of USD, and embraces the Catholic moral and social tradition by its commitment to serve with compassion, to foster peace, work for justice, and prepare leaders dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service.

Our Values 


The Mulvaney Center is a community, one that intentionally welcomes and celebrates students from diverse backgrounds. We provide students an opportunity to expand their community outside of USD and join the broader San Diego and Cross-Border community. We honor the wisdom held in communities and strive to learn from and with them through reciprocal partnerships.


Awareness confronts the core of one’s beliefs by exposing us to new and different ways of knowing and being. Beyond the initial spark of discovery, awareness involves the capacity to observe different contexts and turn inward with the purpose of analyzing one’s own impact on the larger world community. Awareness turns into something more, the potential to make a difference, when the change we seek in the world is linked to larger nested systems of connection[1].  

Social Action   

Social Action happens after being transformed by a greater awareness of our interconnectedness in the world. Practicing Social Action regularly means every day decisions are shaped by an eye and heart towards the ripple effects on the world. CASA’s community engagement approach aspires to create leaders whose actions continuously reflect a larger sense of responsibility towards others.

[1] CEE Professional Learning Community Change Model