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September 2013

Gr a du a te a nd La w Stu den t New s a nd V iew s What’s Inside

Greetings to all Graduate and Law Students!

Welcome Note From Graduate Student Life


Student Health & Wellness 2 Changemaker Hub


USD Torero store




USD Women’s Center


The United Front

Multicultural Center Campus Recreation & Outdoor Adventures



Stay Connected v ia Social Media USD Graduate and Law Student Commons


Picture this. You are entering graduate or law school. You have a great sense of who you are and the direction of your life is headed. You are certain in your plan and have a dream job in arm’s reach. Everything seems to be falling into place with a little faith, love and hard work. You are eager and ready to begin the new school year. You have your class schedule and books in hand. You know the one or two buildings where your classes are and, of course, the places to get coffee and food. However, you step foot on this beauteous campus, and even with all your confidence and purpose you wonder, “Where, outside of the classroom, do I belong?” The Graduate and Law Commons is your home away from home. On the 4th floor in the Student Life Pavilion, referred to as SLP, is a room to call your own. Room 401 is a space created just for graduate and law students. The Commons is the place to relax, hangout or study before and after class. Don’t be afraid to help yourself to complimentary coffee, tea and water, hook up to wireless, turn on the TV or use the microwave and refrigerator. The Commons is a great meeting space for groups and is available for reservation by graduate and law student organizations. The Commons is always hosting programs and activities including: Theology on Tap, Bagel Breakfasts, Wellness and Fitness programs, Holiday Celebrations, San Diego Outdoor Adventure excursions, Athletic Events and many more. ***** I just wanted to take a minute to introduce myself. My name is Karen Friedlander and I am a first year graduate student in the Higher Education Leadership program through SOLES (School of Leadership and Education Sciences). I am also serving as the graduate assistant for Graduate Student Life. I work from my desk, located in The Commons and I welcome all of you to join me in making this space our home. Please don’t hesitate to come and introduce yourself and share any ideas, hopes and dreams you have for any events on how to use our space and build a strong graduate and law student community. For any questions about Graduate Student Life, please contact me at Graduate and Law Commons: (619) 260-2227

Make Health A Priority with USD Resources! • • • •

When in need of medical care or other wellness support, take advantage of USD Student Wellness Resources first! Students with USD Health Insurance need to consult with a campus wellness provider before seeking services off campus. For more information about Health Insurance visit: Regardless of having USD Health Insurance, students can utilize any of the on-campus Student Wellness Resources.

For more information about student wellness resources, please contact one of the many student wellness offices below: Center for Health and Wellness Promotion University Center, Room 161 619.260.4618

Disability Services Serra Hall, Room 300 619.260.4655

Counseling Center Serra Hall, Room 300 619.260.4655

Student Health Center Camino Hall, Room 161 619.260.4595

Linda Vista Farmer's Market Trip Love your fruits and veggies? All about "buying local" or want to find out what that means? Join the Center for Health and Wellness Promotion on Thursday, September 5th for a trip to the nearby Linda Vista Farmer's Market! A USD tram will loop between the front of the UC and the market starting at 4:00 p.m. The final pick-up time from the Farmer's Market will be 6:45 p.m. For more information about the Linda Vista Farmer's Market, visit Grab your reusable bag and we'll see you there!

The Changemaker Hub was launched Fall 2011 as a campus-wide manifestation of the University of San Diego’s commitment to its mission and values, and to promote entrepreneurship, collaboration, and innovation for positive social change by linking occurring initiatives at USD, as well as developing new ones.

What It Is: • An inclusive hub that connects people and initiatives for social change • A collaboration mechanism for developing and supporting initiatives • An enabler of innovation and creativity

What It’s Not: • A center or an institute focusing on a specific area of social change • An endeavor that supplants existing ones • Another silo in a system The Changemaker Hub includes all USD educators, students, staff, and community members. It operates in partnership with Ashoka U and all of the Changemaker campuses in the United States and Mexico. What is the Changemaker FEST?  The Changemaker FEST is a week dedicated to exploring, defining and putting social change into action. The USD community comes together on the week of September 30-October 4, 2013 to become energized by an environment that encourages everyone to be a Changemaker. Together, we celebrate USD’s third-year being designated as an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus by taking time to learn about many opportunities and best practices for engaging in social transformation around the world. This is a USD community driven celebration in which students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and community leaders have the chance to share how they are practitioners of changemaking on a daily basis, starting with how we grow as individuals to how we go beyond ourselves to be active agents in shaping local, national and global communities.

Mark your calendars… An exclusive graduate student event,

“You and the Changemaker Hub” Tuesday, September 24th 4-6 p.m. in the Graduate and Law Commons, SLP 401

Thursday, 9/5

Monday, 9/9

Thursday, 9/12

Thursday, 9/12

Linda Vista Farmer’s Market Trip

GSC Start of Semester Celebration

Mass of the Holy Spirit

Theology on Tap

Meet in front of UC 4p.m.

O’Toole’s, University Center 5-7p.m.

The Immaculata 12:15p.m.

SLP RM401 7-8:30p.m.

Tuesday, 9/24 Tuesday, 9/17 Graduate and Law Student Commons & Changemaker Hub Open House

Wednesday, 9/18 Graduate and Law Commons BAGEL BREAKFAST

Saturday, 9/21 Tijuana Service Trip Email for info:

SLP RM401 9 a.m.

SLP RM401 12:30-2p.m. & 4-6p.m.

“You and the Changemaker Hub” for Graduate/Law Students SLP RM401 4-6p.m.

Mark Your Calendars…

Thursday, 9/26 Graduate Student Wellness Day SLP RM401 10a.m.-7p.m.

Week Long!!

Monday, 9/30Friday, 10/4 Changemaker Fest!

Saturday, October 12 is Homecoming: Women’s volleyball vs. Santa Clara, 1pm JCP Football vs. Marist 2 pm, torero stadium (free ticket with student ID)

Partnership with University Ministry Theology on Tap: (7- 8:30p.m. SLP RM401) 10/17, 11/9, 2/27, 3/27, 4/24 Tijuana Service Trips: 10/19, 11/9, 12/7, 2/15, 4/5, 5/10 Silent Retreat: 10/11-10/13 Contact info for Graduate Student Ministry Mark Peters at For more information about the events and programs please visit

The USD Women’s Center empowers women to engage as leaders in a diverse and changing world. We are a student-centered learning community that provides resources and engages women and men in educational dialogue around gender-related issues. We are an advocate for a safe and supportive campus environment that creates equity among all voices. We are a place for graduate students too! For more information, please stop by the Women's Center, SLP 420, or visit As a Catholic institution of higher learning, University of San Diego recognizes that the care and support of family is at the heart of Catholic social teaching. Consistent with our mission and Catholic identity, University of San Diego acknowledges the importance of supporting pregnant and parenting students by addressing their special needs and assisting them in completing their studies. As such, the Women's Center coordinates the use of lactation rooms across campus. Please visit for more information. Campus Assault Resources and Education (C.A.R.E.) is University of San Diego’s primary effort to provide support, resources and education to the student community pertaining to sexual assault and sexual exploitation. To contact a C.A.R.E. advocate, call (619) 260-2222 (24 hours, 7 days a week) to receive immediate assistance. When you call, ask to speak to a Campus Assault Resources Education (CARE) Advocate or Public Safety representative. Advocates can also be reached at their on campus office or via email. For further information visit

The United Front Multicultural Center (UFMC) engages the University of San


Diego community in exploring and affirming the unique identity of each person. The Center fosters an environment where student leaders feel empowered to become change agents for social justice and builds relationships with faculty, staff, students, and community members to develop a foundation that honors and values diversity. The UFMC serves as an educational resource, working to contest the dominance of prejudice and intolerance, and works to enact the values of the University as "a welcoming, inclusive and collaborative community ...marked by protection of the rights and dignity of the individual."

Thur., 9/5: UFMC Community Lunch, 12:30-1:30 p.m.; SLP 418 Fri., 9/13: Black Student Lunch, 12:302p.m.; SLP 418 Tue., 9/17: SLP Open House, 12-2:30 p.m.; SLP412 Sept. 16-20: AChA & MEChA: “Nuestra Cultura� Week Fri., 9/20: MEChA: Fiesta Night Fri., 9/27: Native American Student Lunch, 12:30-1:30 p.m.; SLP 418

The United Front Multicultural Center (UFMC) extends a warm welcome to all students, faculty, staff and community members. We invite all to experience diverse cultures and traditions, explore identities, engage in dialogue, challenge barriers, build leadership skills and empower each other to create an intellectually vibrant, socially just and inclusive community. Stop by for a visit, SLP 418, so you can meet our friendly staff and learn about our services, programs and events. All are welcome! The Safe Space Allies Network enhances the ability of students, staff, administrators and faculty to demonstrate proactively and personally the University's core values of community, inclusion, and respect for all - regardless of sexual orientation or other identity. Grounded in Catholic Social Thought, the University's mission affirms that all human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. By displaying a SAFE SPACE ALLY emblem in their working and/or living areas, members of the university community provide visible markers of validation, support and respect for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community as well as other potentially marginalized populations. The sign serves as an indicator of people with whom LGBT and questioning people can speak openly and seek the support they need to succeed at the University of San Diego.

Campus Recreation Campus Recreation has over 70 different non-credit recreation classes that are great for de-stressing and awesome for overall fitness too. All of our on campus recreation classes can be taken as non-credit and that schedule can be found at: /recreation_classes/class_schedule.php

Intramurals are open to graduate and law students. The information (deadlines and activities) is posted on: ntramurals/

Join the Facebook page to also stay up to date with this information: ion

Outdoor Adventures (OA) serves the USD community with opportunities to experience outdoor activities that aim to promote personal growth, leadership development, relationship building and environmental responsibility. We offer a variety of local, regional and international outings that includes Pre-Orientation Adventure, overnight trips, outdoor recreation classes and day trips around San Diego. We also operate a rental shop and resource center for individuals that choose to venture on their own excursions and need some equipment or guidance. Hahn University Center room 136

Want to contribute to the Graduate and Law Student News & Views? Do you have suggestions on something you would like to see in the Graduate and Law Student News & Views? A graduate or law student event that you’d like to advertise? Perfect! We want to hear from you. Have you done something to benefit the community? USD, San Diego, California, or the globe? We’d love to do a human-interest story on you! Contact Karen Friedlander at

Graduate and Law Student News & Views  

September 2013

Graduate and Law Student News & Views  

September 2013