Maria Silva

Maria Silva
Phone: (619) 260-4600 ext. 4463
Office: Student Life Pavilion 325

Dir, Neighborhood & Community Engaged Partnerships

María Silva is the Director of Community Partnerships at USD's Mulvaney Center. María moved to San Diego from Mexico to pursue a B.A. in Sociology at USD and went on to work at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a Community Development Financing Institution, before returning to her Alma Mater in 2013. In 2018, she completed a M.A. in Migration Studies at the University of San Francisco and brings expertise in issues regarding the U.S/Mexico border region to her current role. 

María facilitates collaboration with community stakeholders to co-create campus/community engagement that represents democratic and reciprocal partnerships. Community Partnerships expand throughout the San Diego region with an emphasis in Linda Vista, City Heights, Barrio Logan, and Tijuana. Maria also oversees USD’s community engagement data collection process. 

María co created the vision and framework for USD's DACA and Undocumented Student Support Network and Co-Chairs USD’s Immigration Taskforce. Since 2017, María and the Network Team have trained over 180 Undocually Faculty and Staff from across campus. Together they lead a case management system for all DACA/Undocumented Students and help coordinate financial aid, mental health, legal, academic, career and other support services for USD students.