Changemaker Challenge

The Changemaker Challenge invites students, faculty and staff to employ imagination, hard work, and passion to generate ideas for addressing a current social challenge proposed to us by leaders from the San Diego/Tijuana region.




This year our community is invited to submit a two-minute video to showcase their idea. You can submit your idea by April 8, 2016. These video entries will compete for a $6,000 more in awards. People are invited to vote online for their favorite idea, and the number of votes each idea receives will determine its share of the pool. Stay tuned for a list of fall 2015 events. Download the Rules and Eligibility for the Challenge.

2014-15 “Food for Life” Theme Winners:

1) Compost Bin’s on Campus
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2) Education and ESL in City Heights
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3) Donating Dining Dollars
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Changemaker Challenge Council 2014-2015
A selected group of leaders in deep social engagement from the non-profit and for profit sectors proposed this year’s social issues for our community.

Elisa Sabatini, Via International
Haney Hong, HDH & Associates, LLC
Janine Schooley, Project Concern International
Jeremy Pearl, Jewish Community Foundation
Joon Han, Better San Diego
John Hoyos, PhD student, USD School of Nursing
Josephine Bennet ’81, U.S. Bank
Lynn Sharpe-Underwood, Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention SD
Sonny Thadani, USD Parent Corps
Tara Ceranic, USD Assistant Professor of Social and Legal Research




Ready to submit your idea? Register here.