Maria Silva

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

Dir, Neighborhood & Community Engaged Partnerships

Maria Silva grew up in Nogales, Mexico; a border town neighboring Arizona. She commuted to school (K-12) in Arizona, thus growing up in a bicultural region similar to San Diego.

Maria has a strong background in community based work locally and abroad. Before earning her degree, she led an education program in an indigenous village in the Copper Canyon of Mexico. She went on to acquire a Degree in Sociology at the University of San Diego (USD) with Minors in International Relations and Peace and Justice Studies.

Maria worked at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a Community Development Financing Institution, before returning to her alma mater in 2013. Her role with the Mulvaney Center has been focused on building relationships with community partners in order to create meaningful experiences for faculty and students to engage in. Maria also leads the Center’s Border Immersion Program, a space for USD students and faculty to join and better understand the experience of communities along the U.S. / Mexico border. Maria is currently a Candidate for the Masters in Migration Studies Program at the University of San Francisco and brings expertise in issues regarding the U.S/Mexico border region.

In her new role as Director of Neighborhood and Community Engaged Partnerships with the Mulvaney Center, she facilitates collaboration with neighborhood and community stakeholders to co-create campus/community engagement that represents democratic, reciprocal, and equitable partnerships. Partnerships expand throughout San Diego with an emphasis in Linda Vista, City Heights, Logan Heights, and Tijuana.  Maria will also oversee benchmarking, data collection, and disseminating the collective impact of USD’s community engagement efforts.