• Up for the Challenge?

    Equity and Access: Education, Housing, and Healthcare

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

    The 2017-2018 Changemaker Challenge theme is Equity and Access: Education, Housing, and Healthcare. While equality encourages us to treat everyone the same, equity asks us to treat everyone fairly and justly by acknowledging that not everyone starts from the same place, and therefore not everyone has access to the same opportunities. The Changemaker Challenge provides an opportunity for engaging in idea-generation, thus increasing awareness and knowledge about current social and environmental problems and mobilizing people towards problem solving.


    Download the Rules and Eligibility for the Challenge

  • Resources

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    Learn from the Best

    This playlist explores the issues related to this year's theme, Equity and Access: Education, Housing, and Healthcare. Watching these TED Talks is a great place to begin to learn about how experts in the field are already addressing these issues in their own communities.

    Expand Your Knowledge

    This year's Just Read! selection, Between the World and Me, discusses the real world consequences of systematic inequities in our society. Film screenings, discussions, and other events have been planned to explore the themes of this book and how the USD community can take action.

    Learn about the Issues

    The first step to addressing global challenges is awareness. Take a look at these infographics to learn more about the disparities in access to healthcare, education, and housing.

  • Changemaker Challenge Application

    We are now accepting applications! Please enter here. Applications are due November 13, 2017.


    For any questions on the Changemaker Challenge or issues with this application, please email jcrivas@sandiego.edu.

  • Connect

    Connect with us at the Changemaker Hub


    Feel free to contact us if you have any questions, comments, or concerns

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  • 2017-18 Judges

    We are excited to have new judges join us this year!

    Eileen K. Fry-Bowers
    Abigail Racelis
    Bridget Gramme
    Dayanne Izmirian
    Karolina Rzadkowolska
    Pamela Gray
    Peter Marlow
    Rachel Christensen
    Andrea Flynn
    Sarah Lyon
    Christopher Newman
    Joel Alejandro Mejia
    Maybe Josephine Bennet
    Stephanie Brown

  • 2016 Challenge Judges

    Aarti Ivanic

    Assistant Professor of Marketing

    Gordon Hoople

    Assistant Professor, General Engineering

    Melissa Plaskonos

    Assistant Vice President Facilities Management

    Peter Marlow

    Associate Vice President, University Communication

    Paula Morreale

    Sustainability Coordinator

    Karolina Rzadkowolska

    Strategic Initiatives Manager