Changemaker Challenge 2013-2014

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.

We are happy to share with you the top 10 finalists for the 2013-2014 Changemaker Challenge “Food for Life.” These video entries will compete for a $5,000 pool of prize money, as well as qualify for the judges award and for a 2014 Changemaker Summer Fellowship, each worth $2,000. 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.  All awards will be given at our Earth Day Celebration on April 24 12:15-2pm at SLP Plaza Mayor

Voting starts April 15 until April 24 at 10am Vote here 

Please note: in order to vote people need to like the Changemaker Page. Feel free to use the following hashtags through out the voting period: #USDChangemaker #ChangemakerChallenge #Food4Life

The 2013-2014 Changemaker Challenge is “Food for Life.” Everyone is invited to a year-long process of thinking about the role that food plays in our daily lives and to develop new ideas addressing issues around food production and consumption. It seems to be a moment of contradictions when some people confront food deserts while others experience over abundance, challenging us to learn, to dialogue and to develop proposals for our communities, locally and abroad, to have positive food experiences, to increase access to healthy food and to produce less food waste. Download the list of events scheduled for Spring 2014. Download the Rules and Eligibility for the Challenge. Take a look at last year’s Judges Award winning video and see how Shannon Schumacher’s idea became a reality.


February 13
Field Trip Miramar Greenery- Compost site
In partnership with Sustainability

March 28
Field Trip Wild Willow Farm
In partnership with CASA/CSL

April 7
Deadline for Submissions
April 14
Finalists announced; Public voting begins
April 24
Awards Ceremony

important dates



speakers, workshops, and events

February 18
Panel on food issues
UC Forum A 12:30-2:00pm
(2 SBA Passport Points)
See details of the event and learn more about the speakers
In partnership with Dining Services
February 27
Food for Life: The Nourishing Power of Empathy
SLP 412 12:30-2:00pm
RSVP for the event and see details of the event
March 4
Video Production Seminar
See details
March 5
Film Screening -King Corn
See Details
March 20
USD Chopped Cooking Competition
SLP Front of Plaza Mayor 12:30-2:00pm
learn more about it
In partnership with Dining Services
March 25
Turn your idea into a video
SLP 320 12:30-2:00pm
Need help with your  entry? Swing by the Changemaker Space and record your video entry with the help of other students.
Sign up for a time slot

how to enter

The deadline for submission is April 7, 2014.
To submit your idea you must prepare a two-minute video that includes the following:
1. What is the idea to address the challenge?
2. How does the idea contribute to address the challenge?
3. How is the idea feasible? Is it actionable?
4. What is the expected impact of the idea? How will it make a difference?
In the spring there will be a series of seminars on how to produce a video. There will be sessions where an expert will work with you on the video.





  • A panel of judges that includes USD faculty/staff, Changemaker Challenge Council members, and community innovators will select the 10 best proposals to compete for a $5,000 pool of prize money.
  • The USD community will vote online for their favorite ideas, and the number of votes each idea receives will determine its share of the pool.
  • One idea will receive a $2,000 “Judges’ Award”
  • One undergraduate proposal will receive a $2,000 Changemaker Summer Fellowship to develop their project into reality.

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.

Becky Modesto, Sol Price
Elisa Sabatini, Via International
Haney Hong, HDH & Associates, LLC
Janine Schooley, Project Concern International
Jeremy Pearl, Jewish Community Foundation
Josephine Bennet ’81, U.S. Bank
Lani Lutar, Equinox Center
Lynn Sharpe-Underwood, Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention SD
Rasto Ivanic, Oliver’s Planet
Sonny Thadani, USD Parent Corps
Tara Ceranic, USD Assistant Professor of Social and Legal Research
Yogesh Sayanaka, USD Net Impact Club President



Ready to submit your idea? Register here.