Our Own Path
USD is a Changemaker Campus following its own path. We remain true to our original Catholic identity and social-thought mission, inviting creativity and collaborations for solving the world’s most intractable social problems. Faculty, staff, students and community members are encouraged to promote changemaking in the activities that motivate them, whether it is a course, a program, an event, or a social gathering. One example of our authenticity is the San Diego Microenterprise Alliance (SDMA), an initiative between the Center for Community Service-Learning and the School of Business Administration, and in collaboration with the Microfinance Alliance and several community partners. This is an authentic university project with the dual purpose of serving low-income entrepreneurs, and having students learn how to best allocate resources and the intricacies of managing lending portfolios.