USD Selected to Join Prestigious Changemaker Campus Consortium

Ashoka U formally announces today that the University of San Diego has joined the Changemaker Campus Consortium.  This is an outstanding honor and has only been bestowed on 15 colleges and universities in the world. 

To kick-off USD’s Changemaker Campus partnership, the university community will to attend a special celebration at 1PM today in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice’s Garden of the Sky in front of the institute. USD’s Changemaker Hub co-directors Chris Nayve and Patricia Márquez, PhD, will be on hand to answer questions and explain the opportunities this designation provides USD.

As a Changemaker Campus, USD joins a select group of colleges and universities from across the country that, through a combination of education, research and service opportunities, have established themselves as hubs of social innovation.

“By designating USD a Changemaker Campus, Ashoka U recognizes USD’s deep commitment to educating students for social change as well as the institution’s capacity to contribute to the broader field of social entrepreneurship education and research,” said Mary E. Lyons, President of the University San Diego. 

Ashoka: Innovators for the Public is a nonprofit, global association of more than 2,500 leading social entrepreneurs. Founded in 1980 by Bill Drayton, the Ashoka network is dedicated to fostering a world where changemakers create innovative solutions to solve social and environmental problems. Through tenacity, creativity and skill, Ashoka Fellows deliver extraordinary results thereby improving the lives of millions of people. 

As a Changemaker Campus partner, USD becomes the first university on the West Coast to join the consortium, and the second Catholic University partner.  USD will now share best practices on education for social change with members of the consortium that include Arizona State University, Babson College, College of the Atlantic, Duke University, Marquette University, Middlebury College, The New School, Tulane University, University of Maryland, and Tecnológico de Monterrey - Guadalajara, Mexico.  

Changemaker Campuses agree that each university “serves as an enabling environment for social entrepreneurship, providing individuals with access to the resources, role models, learning opportunities, and peers needed to actualize their full potential as social entrepreneurs and changemakers.”

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 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’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 recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that 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.