USD Students Unite for Life

Efforts to prevent AIDS, abortion, capital punishment, genocide and poverty are all part of the University of San Diego’s “L.I.F.E. Week” (Living is for Everyone) that will be celebrated from April 30 to May 4.

Beginning at Mass Sunday evening, students collected more than $1,000 for Heifer International to buy livestock for needy families around the globe. Other events include a photography exhibit, a screening of the prize-winning film “Bella,” a panel on the death penalty and a concert for AIDS awareness.  

“Our goal is to raise awareness about all the issues involved in respecting and protecting life,” said Dana Twal, president of Students for Life at USD. “We want to empower students and let them know how they can get involved and make a difference.”  USD’s University Ministry and Associated Students are also sponsoring the week’s activities.  

A display in front of USD’s Hahn University Center marks the 250,000 children who die each year around the globe from poverty, along with the thousands of lives lost each year from abortion, genocide and capital punishment. Inside the center is a wonderful display of photos entered in the “Life through Different Lenses” contest to capture the celebration of life in its many perspectives.  

On Tuesday, USD will host a screening of the movie “Bella” that won a Toronto Film Festival award. The drama depicts the choices facing an unmarried pregnant woman. The free screening is at 7 p.m. in the University Center Forum A/B and includes a guest appearance by producer and actor Eduardo Verastegui.  

On Wednesday, the weekly Mass for Peace at 9 p.m. in Founders Chapel will focus on genocide. On Thursday there will be a panel discussion “Perspectives on the Inadequacy of the Death Penalty” at 7 p.m. in the University Center, Room 103.  On Friday, the Matt Maher Band will perform in a concert for AIDS awareness at 7 p.m. in the University Center Forum A/B. Winners of the photography contest also will be announced.   

The full calendar is events is available at

The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls approximately 7,500 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The establishment of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies will bring the University's total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Law, Leadership and Education Sciences, and Nursing and Health Science.


About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


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