USD's WorldLink to Host Spring Youth Forum

On Tuesday, March 13, the WorldLink Program of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ) will host its Spring Youth Forum: “Sarabah.”  All interested middle, high school and university students are welcome to a film screening of “Sarabah” at 4 p.m., followed by a discussion with filmmaker Maria Luisa Gambale at 5 p.m. in the IPJ Theatre.

Maria Luisa Gambale is the co-director of the 2011 award-winning documentary "Sarabah," the story of singer, rapper and activist Sister Fa, who smashed the barriers in the male-dominated hip-hop world and began a journey to transform her native country of Senegal in a very risky campaign. Sister Fa and her band travel to rural Senegal to help eradicate female genital cutting, which she suffered as a child. She started singing in 2000 as a teenager when no girls rapped in Senegal, and was winning awards just two years later. As her social and political consciousness heightened, especially about girls’ rights and the violence they are suffering, she began using her music to bring awareness and to change the lives of girls.

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WHO: Maria Luisa Gambala, co-director of “Sarabah”

WHAT: USD’S WorldLink Spring Youth Forum

WHERE: University of San Diego
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice
KIPJ Theatre
5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92101

WHEN: Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

WorldLink ~ Connecting Youth to Global Affairs is a unique, year-round program that provides opportunities for middle and high school youth from San Diego and Baja California to meet world leaders and experts. Through WorldLink’s innovative and experiential focus on global education, students learn about issues facing us locally and internationally, and engage in thoughtful discussions about solutions in a forum where their voices are heard. 

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan 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.