USD to Host Microsoft YouthSpark Connection

Microsoft brings its YouthSpark Connection to The University of San Diego’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) on Thursday, February 28. This event focuses on youth development and empowerment to achieve success in the classroom. They will discuss the Youth Opportunity Divide in San Diego and provide resources for the adults that educate them.

Microsoft, in collaboration with The Brookings Institution, has research showing that the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) industries are driving economic growth. The question they explore is “what are we doing to address the skills gap and prepare our students to enter and excel in these competitive industries?”

The Connection will include presentations and a panel discussion featuring Moderator Rory Devine, education reporter, NBC 7 San Diego; Shelly Anguiano Figueroa, chief executive officer of San Marcos Boys & Girls Clubs; Richard Barrera, board trustee, San Diego Unified School District; Darryl LaGace, executive vice president of Global Business Development, Lightspeed Systems; Otto Lee, EdD, vice chancellor, Instructional Services and Planning, San Diego Community College District; Maureen Magee, education reporter, U-T San Diego; and Chelsea Huskey, 2012 San Diego County Youth of the Year.

Who: University of San Diego and Microsoft
What: Microsoft YouthSpark Connection
Where: University of San Diego’s Mother Rosalie Hill Hall (SOLES)
When: Thursday, February 28, 2013, 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

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Admission is free, but space is limited. RSVP to assure a seat.

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.