Leading Change USD’s Catholic social mission and public purpose — to foster compassion and fashion a more humane world — is conveyed in the attitudes, skills and knowledge fostered among its students through a myriad of curricular and extracurricular activities that range from community service to field-based courses to social venture design. The Ashoka U designation of USD as a Changemaker Campus — recognizing the university’s commitment to finding sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing problems — is in its third year. As Changemakers, our students are creating positive social impact locally and abroad. In 2011, USD launched the Changemaker HUB, a campuswide manifestation of USD’s mission and values with the purpose of empowering and enabling the USD community to be Changemakers. The HUB works with numerous partners on campus to provide a set of distinctive opportunities for all to employ imagination, hard work and passion to explore what it means to be a Changemaker; encouraging students, faculty and staff to act and collaborate in creating a better world. USD offers multiple opportunities to grow as a Changemaker. There is a portfolio of challenges that includes competitions such as the Changemaker Challenge, inviting everyone to submit creative solutions to a social problem posed by the San Diego community. Students can create their own projects as a Changemaker Summer Fellow or by getting involved in a Changemaker-designated student club or organization. In the fall of 2013, the Changemaker Space opened its doors on the third floor of the Student Life Pavilion in order to promote innovation and problem solving through book discussions, film screenings and lunch meetings with social entrepreneurs. To learn more about how USD engages in changemaking, go to www.sandiego.edu/changemaker.
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