Torero Tidbits: Changemaker Challenge Deadline Oct. 19; Fowler Business Concept Final Oct. 30; Transfer Students Week

Torero Tidbits: Changemaker Challenge Deadline Oct. 19; Fowler Business Concept Final Oct. 30; Transfer Students Week

Addressing homelessness. Producing a visual action response to questions about the issue of homelessness from local organizations who work hard to care for, support and help those experiencing homelessness get off the streets and into a better life situation.

Dedication, understanding, empathy and a desire to make a difference. For all current University of San Diego, all Changemakers, this is a call out to you. How would you like to take on a challenge, one that requires you to provide your answer in video form and enables you to earn a share of $5,000 in awards and the opportunity to continue with your idea?

If you are interested in what’s been said so far, have you already entered the Fall 2020 USD Changemaker Challenge? Will you enter a video by the deadline — Monday, Oct. 19, at 11:59 p.m. — to address a question posed by two local organizations, People Assisting the Homeless (PATH) and Think Dignity, which provides hands-on activism and advocacy with the homeless.

To enter the Changemaker Challenge, students can work individually or in teams to address one of the five prompts provided by Think Dignity and PATH in a two-to-three-minute video.

PATH — Client Engagement: How might we help PATH provide opportunities during COVID-19 for clients to engage in a way that will allow them to connect with others and that is safe and dignified?

PATH — Better Known in SD: How might we help PATH become better known in the San Diego region in a way that educates and empowers local community members to become active in their communities to drive change?

Think Dignity — Mobile Showers: How might we help Think Dignity reimagine its sanitation process in a way that it complies with sanitation guidelines, is safe for clients, and cost and time effective for the organization, especially during a pandemic?

Think Dignity — Hygiene Products: How might we help Think Dignity provide access to feminine hygiene products to their clients in a way that it provides privacy while helping break the stigma?

Think Dignity — Storage Access: How might we help Think Dignity provide access for those experiencing homelessness in areas further from downtown to store their personal items in a way that is convenient and safe so that they can have more opportunities to move freely and to take care of their daily needs?

Video entries will be evaluated by a team of judges and students will then vote for the submissions they prefer. Entries with the top votes will be awarded cash prizes. The Changemaker Hub will continue to support any students who want to continue developing their projects.

The Changemaker Hub has links for applicants to learn more about PATH and Think Dignity.

Submit your application today. The link takes you to the MySanDiego Portal, where you can input your personal information as well as team information if you are entering as a team. For any questions on the Changemaker Challenge or issues with this application, please email

Sixteen Semifinalists Vie in Fowler Business Concept Challenge Finals Oct. 30

The second Fowler Business Concept Challenge final event will take place on Friday, Oct. 30, 3:30-5:30 p.m., through the Accelevents virtual platform.

Sixteen semifinalists from across multiple disciplines have been picked among this fall’s entries to participate in this final event, which is put on by the USD School of Business’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Catalyzer. Semifinalists will pitch their ideas live to the virtual audience as the former are vying to win a share of $45,000 in scholarship funding.

A number of San Diego-area community leaders will also speak during the program, including San Diego Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler, USD President James T. Harris, San Diego Gas and Electric CEO Caroline Winn, Sony President, Petco CEO Mike Fasulo, USD Board of Trustees’ Susan Mallory, and Timothy Keane, USD School of Business Dean.

This event is Career Readiness Program (Passport, Compass and Connect) and Networking Points approved for all USD students. Register for the Oct. 30 event now.

National Transfer Student Week Celebrated Oct. 19-23

USD is home to hundreds of students who transfer in to complete their undergraduate education each year. This fall, October 19-23, is designated as National Transfer Student Week. To recognize and to enhance both the connection of transfer students among the USD student population and celebrate them, a handful of events, both on Instagram and virtually for social events and a workshop, will take place.

Hosted by the USD Transfer Learning Community and Commuter Student Life, the daily events are as follows:

Monday: Follow @usdtlc and @usd_commuter to support fellow transfer students in a Transfer Student Spotlight series.  Tuesday: From 1-2 p.m. Pacific time, Students can spark new connections and have some fun between classes at a Transfer Super Social. Wednesday: Enter an Instagram giveaway on @usdtlc and @usd_commuter for a $50 Torero Store gift card. Thursday: From 1-2 p.m. Pacific time, learn how to leverage your transfer identity at USD and beyond. Attend this Transfer Advantage workshop. Friday: Put on your chef’s hat and tune in to our Instagram feeds (@usdtlc and @usd_commuter) to cook alongside your fellow transfers.

Happy #transferstudentweek to all at USD and across the nation!

— Compiled by Ryan T. Blystone

Videos are from the 2019 Changemaker Challenge and 2019 Fowler Business Concept Challenge

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