The Changemaker HUB and the Practice of Changemaking at USD
The University of San Diego’s Catholic social mission, public purpose, and commitment to the liberal arts — to foster compassion, active citizenship and to fashion a more humane world — is conveyed in the attitudes, skills and knowledge fostered among its students through myriad curricular and extracurricular activities that range from community engagement and immersion to field-based courses to undergraduate research 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 sixth year. As Changemakers, our students, faculty and staff are creating positive social impact locally and abroad through novel multidisciplinary approaches that develop empathy, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.
In 2011, USD launched the Changemaker HUB, a campus-wide manifestation of USD’s mission and values, with the purpose of empowering and enabling everyone to be a changemaker. A main focus of the HUB is developing diverse opportunities – from festivals to fellowships to competitions – for the USD community to learn about themselves, to be inspired and to practice changemaking.
At USD, we believe that everyone can practice changemaking. We encourage our community to commit themselves be in the service of addressing social issues that matter to you and exploring new ideas that will have a positive social impact. “To be in the service of” means that we approach our changemaking pursuits with humility and that we understand that our efforts are linked to those who have pursued social justice in the past and those who will follow our own efforts.
What will you do while you are at USD to be in the service of an issue that matters to you? Whatever it is, we encourage you to work with other like-minded individuals to make a positive difference for your community and to leave a legacy and a path for others to follow.
Learn more about the Changemaker Hub by watching the video below: