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Promoting Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Changemaker Hub

The Changemaker Hub is a resource for students on campus to actively learn and engage with social justice and social innovation on a global scale and local scale. This is an Ashoka U certified organization on our campus that allows us to actively network with other universities around the globe passionate about social innovation. This resource provides education and experience human-centered design, user testing, community engagement, and much more. 

Initiatives on Campus 

Current initiatives on our campus include a variety of events across multiple departments.  Our Changemaker Hub promotes social innovation and entrepreneurship through Social Change Corps, Changemaker Student Committee, hosting a social innovation lab and promoting social innovation to incoming students. Our Career Development Center encourages students to go on a “Torero Trek” which is an opportunity for students to travel across the country to learn about career opportunities from innovative and diverse businesses. In addition to departmental initiatives, students who have created their own organizations on campus also promote and take part in social innovation and entrepreneurship. Some Student-run organizations include: Net Impact Club, TEDx, and pancake peeps. These Organization along with many others go above and beyond to take action and hold events throughout the year.

Encouraging Faculty Innovation and Entrepreneurship

In addition, USD is currently implementing a strategic plan "Envisioning 2024". This strategic plan has been put in place to capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024. Through this process we are analyzing how we can enhance student success, strengthen diversity, inclusion, and social justice, and improve other aspects of our campus.  

Actively Supporting The University Technology Transfer Function 

USD offers a wide range of events and opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds but we can still improve some aspects of our campus. We feel that we can re-imagine parts of the Freshmen Orientation experience so as to accommodate all students better and ensure we are offering the most engaging and innovative opportunities our campus has to offer.

Facilitating University Innovation Industry Collaborations 

Events on Campus

-My Story

-What I Be Project

-Dinner with Strangers

-Changemaker Challenge

-Social Change Corps

-Ashoka U 

Engaging with Regional and Local Economic Development Efforts 

Feedback from Students

When we interviewed some students on campus we found that there were a few common concerns among the students. Many voiced concerns about the lack of transportation from and around campus. When interviewing students it was also made apparent that we can do a better job publicizing some opportunities better to students such as grants offered and opportunities for students to use what they learned in the classroom in real life. Students also shared that they enjoyed our events that were linked to the community such as My Story and Dinner with Strangers and they would appreciate working more with the local USD community.

Analyzing our Landscape Canvas

Active students who hold leadership positions and who take initiative are more aware of various opportunities for innovation, but the general student body and alumni often lack a way of connecting to our Changemaker identity. We consider this a big problem that we want to explore and further research. In addition, in the "spin out" section USD lacked a long-term support system of students interested in innovation and entrepreneurship after graduation. While USD offers a variety of ways to get involved while attending the college, it lacks a connect to alumni and supporting students after they graduate.

Related Links

University of San Diego Strategic Priorities and Pitch Video 

Session 4 Strategic Priorities 

Please take a look at our Strategic priorities video at

Members of this team: 

Reijer den Dulk

Julia Heaton 

Riley Dean

Isabelle Ashraf