Agenda

This year’s International Forum will explore this diversity of perspectives with our network, peers, and collaborators in the broader global development and social movement spaces. Through the theme: “Common purpose? Shared Futures? We will welcome a variety of global perspectives.

Take a look at some of our exciting upcoming content:

Full Schedule:

Nothing for us without us: representation in development work

Hear from social movement leaders who have not seen their communities and themselves in development that have chosen to take action. By creating bold initiatives, safe spaces and providing a platform for expression, they bring a strong sense of self-determination and intersectional approach to their work. This session will focus on the principles of self-determination and national consciousness, and feature global young leaders in a variety of realms (feminism, lgbti, environmental activists, disability rights activists, indigenous activists, etc.).

Speakers

  • Chris Njeri Makena, CEO and Founder of Bold Network Africa
  • Amina Doherty, Director of the Women’s Voice and Leadership-Caribbean program at the Equality Fund, co-founder of the Black Feminist Fund, founding member of FRIDA
  • Jean Marie Ishimwe, Refugee Youth Advisory Committee member on DREEM 

Moderator

Nick Kootnikoff, Senior Advisor, Equality Fund • Programs

Weaving intersections @ 12:00 to 1:00 PM EST

Both social movements and development attempt to challenge inequality through mobilization and solidarity. The multifaceted nature of human life presents a plethora of lived experiences, identities and areas of work that are all different from one another. In order to address the problems currently woven into societal structures, we must think holistically to find common points of solidarity. Collective action will generate deeper understanding and forward motion.

Speakers

  • Lucky Kobugabe, Technical Manager with Raising Voices GBV prevention network
  • Doug Kerr, Executive Director for the Dignity Network
  • Faridah Luanda, Youth leader

Moderator

Kelly Dale Graham, Gender Equality & Social Inclusion Advisor • WUSC-Kenya

Building tomorrow's world: youth changemakers leading the movement against climate change @ 1:30 to 2:30 PM EST

Climate Change is a major threat to international peace, security and development. As UN Secretary-General António Guterres pointed out in September, “the climate emergency is a race we are losing, but it is a race we can win”, and Youth Changemakers are leading the way. Through patterns of active engagement/commitment, youth in the North and the global south are part of social movements, and are influencing public opinion to address Climate Change.

Speakers

  • Alexandra Nadeau, responsable of the youth delegation, Oxfam-Québec
  • Léonard Leclerc, spokesperson, Coalition étudiante pour un virage environnemental et social
  • Nouhou Zoungrana, young activist and founder of Act on Sahel
  • Stevie Yameogo, Executive Director, OJEPC Burkina

Moderator

Sam Gagnon, Senior Program Officer, Program Development • Program Development

Youth perspective on african social movements

Social Movements are mass platforms to drive social and political change. In many African countries, youth-driven social movements have fought social injustice and have pushed decolonization. Are these movements able to incite the changes that young people want to see? How sustainable have these changes been? Join our session to hear perspectives of young African leaders who participated in WUSC's 2021 International Seminar on the promises and perils of social movements in Africa, and to discuss the role that an organization like WUSC can play in supporting youth-driven social change.

Speakers

  • Eunice Manteaw, Youth leader
  • Emmanuel Acquah, Youth leader
  • Chimwemwe Manyozo, youth leader

Moderator

Magnolia Hamzeloee, youth leader

WUSC 75th AGA

WUSC’s 75th Annual General Assembly (AGA) is scheduled for January 28, 2022 at 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. EST and will be held online.

Each year, WUSC members and delegates from across the country attend this important annual business meeting which is conducted in both official languages. The WUSC’s Board of Directors and Executive Director will share important WUSC updates, and we hope you will exercise your right to vote. This year again, we will also reveal and celebrate the Winner of the WUSC Local Committee of the Year at the AGA!

Everyone is welcome to attend but only members in good standing have the right to vote. Each institutional member and each Local Committee can delegate one representative to vote at the WUSC AGA. - Please refer to the Voting Delegate Registration for more details. Proxy voting will also be available.