Finalists of Oxford Global Challenge

This year, USD is participating alongside 23 universities across continents in the Global Challenge hosted by Oxford University. The Global Challenge asks students to demonstrate a deep understanding of a pressing social or environmental issue by mapping the landscape of the current solutions and identifying missing opportunities for positive change.

On March 24, USD student-led semifinalist teams presented their overview of an issue, the current solution pool, and levers for change to a panel of judges convened by the Center for Peace and Commerce. The USD team led by Mei Li Hey and Harrison Schmachtenberger (Mechanical Engineering, '17) were selected by judges to represent USD at the Global Challenge final taking place at Oxford University from April 30th to May 1st, 2017. This team was selected for thoroughly outlining the problem of land mine victims' barriers to using pit latrine restrooms. Hey and Schmacthenberger  have been working on this issue for their last several years at USD, formerly entering the Social Innovation Challenge with a proposed solution in the form of a "Simple Seat". This project was originally conceptualized with input from Engineering professor, Dr Frank Jacobitz and engineering students, Caleb Avery and Shannon Bailey. 

Business students, Patricio Keegan and Shannon Winchell (MBA, '18) took 2nd place in the Global Challenge for their study of Sex Trafficking along the US-Mexico border.

MA in Peace and Justice students took 3rd place for their study on feminicides in Mexico. The team members were Andrea Calderon and Kaitlyn Dugan (MAPJ, '18) and Michael Lettieri from the Trans-border Institute. 

The top Global Challenge 3 teams will be recognized at the Social Innovation Challenge Award Ceremony on May 5th and can compete for $1,500 in cash prizes to be distributed based on progress made on projects during the month of April. 

The Challenge engaged a number of faculty as judges, including from the Kroc School of Peace Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Law and SOLES.