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Being a Torero means rolling up your sleeves and joining in our effort to promote and sustain positive change, both locally and globally. We take great pride in the fact that our students are actively involved in a range of service activities, including the Relay for Life, community outreach, and various mentoring and tutoring projects. Whether you choose to participate in a single-day or long-term program, at USD you can make a difference, and we’ll help you find a project or activity that kindles your lifelong giving spirit.

Center for Awareness, Service and Action

The Center for Awareness, Service and Action (CASA) believes in social justice and the promotion of basic human rights through education, service, and promoting inclusion. Many Toreros find themselves embarking in one-time or ongoing volunteer opportunities coordinated by CASA.

Community Service Learning

Community Service Learning (CSL) offers Toreros the option of taking courses throughout their college career that provide community service opportunities as a part of the course work. This is a great way to take the learning from the classroom and apply it to real-world issues.

Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies

The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ) and the Trans-Border Institute (TBI), both within the School of Peace Studies, each have internship positions available during the academic year. TBI internships are for students who are interested in issues affecting the U.S.- Mexico border region, and about the organizations and agencies that play a role in shaping border policy outcomes. Interns at the IPJ have the opportunity to learn how a non-governmental educational institute works by working on IPJ projects alongside scholars and practitioners in the fields of human rights and conflict resolution. In addition, for those students who might not be able to make the time commitment necessary for an internship, the IPJ also offers opportunities for volunteering.

Outdoor Adventures

In addition to being a great resource for exploring the world around you, Outdoor Adventures is also service minded. You can make a difference abroad with OA and their international service trips. You can also join our Eco-LEEP program to participate in environmental service projects.

Peer Education

Toreros who are interested in becoming leaders or who feel called to action have a wide variety of opportunities to choose from. These range from health (Sexual Assault Peer Educators and Campus Connections) to academics (Link Peer Mentoring Program and Peer Advisors) to social justice (Rainbow Educators) to environmental causes (Be Blue, Go Green and Eco-LEEP) and even as members of student conduct hearing boards (Peer Hearing Board and Critical Issues Board).

Residence Hall Association

The Residence Hall Association (RHA) is an organization that aims to improve campus life for residents. In addition to planning events for students, RHA serves as the voice for resident students, assessing and reporting the needs and concerns of residents. Getting involved in RHA is a great way to meet other students, plan great events, become a student leader, as well as serve and improve the USD community.

Student Government

USD’s Associated Students (AS) is a strong advocate for undergraduate student issues. Participating in AS and in the governing process is a rewarding way to serve your peers. Positions include residential and academic senators, AS Senate leadership positions and more!

Student Media

Did you know that USDtv, the Vista student newspaper and USD Radio are all student run and managed? You can explore these great ways to reach wide audiences and become the voice of your peers!

Student Organizations and Greek Life

Getting involved with a student group or fraternity/sorority is a great way to connect and serve others. Our student organizations are very involved in community service projects and support a wide range of philanthropies. For a full list of all USD sponsored student organizations, visit Torero Orgs.

Torero Days

Arriving on campus for the first time for Torero Days is an exciting and challenging time. The Torero Squad (T-Squad) and the Torero Board (T-Board) are here to make sure you can start connecting with your new family the moment you set foot on campus!

Torero Program Board

Torero Program Board (TPB) is a great way to get involved on campus through programming events like concerts, speakers, cultural events and much, much more! TPB works collaboratively with groups across campus to put on events for all Toreros to enjoy.

University Ministry

University Ministry offers a variety of opportunities on and off campus to connect faith with social justice. Their outreach efforts include weekly service projects at a downtown soup kitchen, day trips to Tijuana, immersion trips to Latin America, and liturgical ministry opportunities.

"One of the greatest joys I will leave USD with is the knowledge that I gave back to a community that gave me so much."
Jayzona Alberto '11 Psychology Major

Nathan Phillips and Kyle Sharp Ride Bikes to Raise Money for Invisible Children


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