• Up for the Challenge?

    Addressing Food Justice

    The Changemaker Challenge invites University of San Diego students, faculty, and staff to employ their imagination, passion, and hard work to generate ideas addressing a current social challenge.

    The 2022 Changemaker Challenge topic was addressing food justice. Winners for the 2022 Challenge have been selected based on the Community Challenges provided by our community partner - Farm Forward. This years will pilot their ideas in the spring 2023 semester. Students whose ideas are selected as pilots will receive prizes worth $500.


  • Meet Our Community Partner

    Farm Forward

    Until No Animals Suffer on Factory Farms

    Farm Forward is a team of strategists, campaigners, and thought leaders helping guide the movement to change the way the world eats and farms. Their vision looks beyond incremental suffering reduction on factory farms, towards the institutional and cultural change that will end factory farming. Read the Farm Forward Community Partner Brief!

  • The following ideas were selected as finalists for the 2022-2023 Changemaker Challenge

    Changemaker Challenge: GET Educated

    Changemaker Challenge: Food Transparency at USD

    Changemaker Challenge: Plant-Based Vendor List

  • Our Community Challenges to Address

    As Identified by Farm Forward

    Students were invited to select one of the following prompts:

    Farm Forward

    Option A:
    • How might we create a culture of transparency around our animal product sourcing at USD?
    Option B:
    • How might we create a culture where plant-based food choices are the default option at USD sponsored events?

    You can learn more about Farm Forward and each of these prompts with the Farm Forward Community Partner Brief!

  • Changemaker Challenge Application

    Applications for the 2023 Changemaker Challenge will open this spring.


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

  • The following ideas were selected as finalists for the 2021-2022 Changemaker Challenge

    Changemaker Challenge: Oat Milk Initiative

    Changemaker Challenge: Putting a Face on the Problem Initiative

    Changemaker Challenge: Curbside Pickup Initiative

  • Check out the Challenge Rubric!

    The rubric shows how the judges will be basing their score on your project. Make sure to comply with the rubric when addressing your social justice challenge!


    Download the Rules for Eligibility

  • Resources

    Great Content Designed to Support You!

    TED Talks


    • Eating Animals is a film that takes a deeper look into this year's theme, Addressing Food Justice. The full length film can be viewed through Amazon Prime or Hulu.  The film is based on Jonathan Safran Foer's book, Eating Animals.



  • Changemaker Challenge FAQs

    What is the Changemaker Challenge?

    The Changemaker Challenge is the Changemaker Hub’s annual idea competition that invites students to employ their imagination, grit, and passion for generating ideas to address a current social challenge posed by local San Diego community partners. This competition provides students with the opportunity to work on an urgent challenge, acquire practical experience, transferable skills, and additional support building their idea. The winning ideas are adapted to create real change in the community, and students will have the option to continue with the pilot idea and network with these local organizations.

    What are the Changemaker Challenge's rules for eligibility?

    Will be posted no later than August 15th, 2022.

    What have been past Changemaker Challenge topics?

    In previous years, the Changemaker Challenge has addressed topics related to waste (2012, 2013), water (2014-2016), equity and access: health, education, and housing (2017, 2018), homelessness, displacement, and migration (2019, 2020) and food justice (2021).

    What awards and prizes are available to Changemaker Challenge participants?

    By November 14th, 2022, a panel of judges will select and announce the ten best proposals from which the community partner will select the ideas to pilot in the spring semester. Students who submitted ideas to be piloted will receive a cash prize.

    Do I have to use the prize money for the project?

    Any award money will go directly to students who win and the Changemaker Hub will fund the pilot projects for the ideas during the Spring 2023 semester.

    Can I reuse work I have already submitted for a course or work that I have presented/ published elsewhere, or work that I have done/ am doing with others who are not on my Changemaker Challenge team?

    You are welcome to reuse and build upon any of your own previous work. However, we ask that you cite all the sources that you use, including your own.

    How do I enter the Changemaker Challenge? 

    The platform to enter can be accessed through the MySanDiego Portal. Please visit this site regularly for more detailed information.

    Changemaker Challenge Application

    Applications are due Monday, November 7th, 2022 (midnight).

    Submit your application today!

    The link will take you to the MySanDiego Portal, where you can input your personal information and was well as team information if you are entering as a team.


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

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