University of San Diego Changemaker Campus

The University of San Diego creates an ecosystem to foster compassion and to provide knowledge and capabilities for building a humane world. USD’s public purpose and collaborative approach are articulated through immersion experiences all over the world and community service learning engaging 1038 students, 82 faculty members, and staff yearly. USD pursues novel multidisciplinary approaches to developing 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 to be in the service of addressing social issues that matter to you and exploring new ideas that will have a positive social impact.

USD Thought Leadership


2021 Exchange:
1+1=29: Scaling a Global Competition through the Power of Partnership
Let’s Design a “Changemaking for Lawyers” Syllabus!
Compromiso social en tiempos de COVID / Community engagement during COVID
Three stories of Innovation: The Survivor, The Hustler, The Engineer

2020 Exchange:
Ethics & Changemaking: Aligning Technology with the Greater Good
Want to talk? Methods to prepare students for connective conversations in divisive times

2013 Exchange:

Closing Ceremony


Changemaker Campus

Launched in 2008, Ashoka offers the Changemaker Campus designation to leading institutions in social innovation education. These institutions share the vision for higher education to become the next global driver of social change by transforming the educational experience into a world-changing experience.