USD Mobilizes ‘Turning Wheel’ Bus to Barrio Logan to Provide Free Internet Access & Community Resources for Families

The University of San Diego (USD)’s ‘Turning Wheel’ mobile classroom hit the road on Saturday for the first Turning Wheel Educational Connection - Conecta Educativa event at Cesar Chavez Park in Barrio Logan which provided complimentary internet access to local families while providing additional resources such as, free health screenings. 

The event, which followed COVID-19 safety guidelines, invited families from Nativity Prep Academy and the Barrio Logan College Institute to attend the community-serving event that, along with free internet access, provided virtual tutoring help for students, diabetes and hypertension screenings by USD Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science nursing students and goodie bags for attendees with food, backpacks and school supplies, thanks to local donations.

"The major objective behind the Turning Wheel Educational Connection - Conecta Educativa is to do our part as integral members of the San Diego community to address the challenges of digital inequities facing our Brown and Black students as they strive to excel in their education.  A recent study sponsored by San Diego for Every Child revealed that 100,000 students do not have internet access in San Diego County. And, according to the same study, the average student has fallen seven months behind in their studies - but more alarming is that Black and Latina and Latino students could fall behind even further at 9- 10 months.Turning Wheel is doing its part to address this alarming achievement gap,” said USD Professor Alberto Pulido, Director of the Turning Wheel Project.

The Turning Wheel is a mobile classroom, in the form of a 30-foot refurbished motor home, with a goal to teach and serve the local community. The mobile classroom was purchased by the University of San Diego in 2018, in partnership with the Chicano Park Steering Committee, the Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Center, and is a part of USD’s Strategic Initiative to serve as an anchor institution in the local community, with support from the USD Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness and Social Action and the USD Department of Ethnc Studies. 

For more information about the Turning Wheel project, you can learn more here. 

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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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