Six USD Faculty to Incorporate Impact Linda Vista Initiative into Courses

With the support of a grant received from U.S. Bank, the University of San Diego Changemaker Hub, in partnership with the Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness, and Social Action launched the Impact Linda Vista Initiative (ILVI) in Fall 2013.

The ILVI seeks to strengthen the Linda Vista community through co-development of innovative social initiatives by USD students and Linda Vista residents. The initiative enhances teaching beyond the classroom with coursework that requires students to participate actively in social innovation, conduct research on social issues addressed by community organizations, and co-develop sustainable solutions with community members covering a variety of issues.

The Changemaker Hub and the Mulvaney Center have announced that six faculty will incorporate this program in their spring 2016 courses. They are: Truc Ngo, professor, Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering; Evelyn Diaz Cruz, associate professor, Theater Arts and Performance Studies; Alex Wilhelm, clinical professor, School of Business Administration; Ana Estrada, associate professor, School of Leadership and Education Sciences; Julia Cantzler, assistant professor, Communication Studies; and Necla Tschirgi (pictured), professor of practice, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies.

Through this initiative, the faculty and students accelerated and documented programs incorporating social innovation and changemaking practices. Faculty selected to participate in the Impact Linda Vista Initiative receive $1,000 to redesign their courses to align with the goals of the initiative.

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