WorldLink To Host Youth Conference on Global Conflicts

The University of San Diego’s WorldLink Program will host the 17th Annual Youth Town Meeting (YTM), which will focus on the theme of “Global Conflicts: Human Impact, Human Solutions.”

WorldLink’s 17th YTM will be held on Wednesday, January 22nd from 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Over 700 high school students from the United States, Mexico and abroad and more than 15 leading experts will come to the USD campus to engage in meaningful discussion on global conflicts, and focus specifically on the following topics: poverty and hunger, global health, environment and land, human protection, and peace processes.

This year’s speakers include Annie Kim, from UNICEF, an organization that works to improve children’s lives by providing healthcare, emergency relief and more; Rebecca Trotzky and Sophie Westacott, from the Program for Torture Victims, a Los Angeles-based organization helping rebuild the lives of torture survivors from over 65 countries; and Sedrick Murhula, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo and founder and director of the Young African Refugees for Integral Development.

YTMs are grounded in the belief that youth have much to offer and much to gain from discussion with experts and professionals regarding the complexities and challenges of international affairs. As a student from CETYS Universidad in Baja Mexico said, “Global issues are no longer a concern of adults only, but also of young people, like me, who are interested in shaping the world we live in.”

This event is reserved for students and is not open to the public. For more information, contact WorldLink Program Officer Debbie Martinez at 619.260.7568, or

WHO: 700 youth from San Diego and Baja Mexico, and over 15 leading experts in international affairs

WHAT: WorldLink 17th Annual Youth Town Meeting, “Global Conflicts: Human Impact, Human Solutions”

WHERE: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice and Shiley Theater in Camino Hall
University of San Diego, 5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110

WHEN: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’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 recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that 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.