What is the Peacebuilding Conference?
Hostelling International USA San Diego (HIUSA San Diego) is pleased to host our 7th annual Peacebuilding Conference on September 20th and 21st this year. The Conference is being held in conjunction with HIUSA’s Sleep for Peace event and the International Day of Peace.
The theme for the Peacebuilding Conference is Journey to Peace, reflecting the travels people take in search of peace, security, and safety. Speakers will share stories of the movement of immigrants across borders, refugees seeking safety through relocation, local impacts of human trafficking, and how we, as citizen diplomats, can make a difference.
The Conference will begin on Saturday, September 20th, from 10:00am to 3:30pm, in the theatre at San Diego State University’s (SDSU) Aztec Student Union, where attendees will be engaged with speakers and activities. Participants will be on their own for lunch, however there are a variety of restaurant options in the Aztec Student Center.
A community service project will take place on Sunday the 21st, at The Journey Thrift Shop in National City, followed by a networking social at the HI-San Diego Downtown hostel (521 Market St, San Diego) from 4:00pm to 7:0pm. Representatives from a variety of local peacebuilding agencies, including those supporting refugees and immigrants, will be present to share information about their missions and needs. Participants will also be able to enjoy poetry, screenprinting, and refreshments.
HI-San Diego is pleased to have the International Security and Conflict Resolution (ISCOR) Student Society from SDSU as a partner this year. For questions, please contact Dr. Teresa O'Bannon
The 7th Annual Peacebuilding Conference registration includes access to the conference on Saturday, community service project participation and the networking social. Pre-registration guarantees you a seat and helps us know how many people to expect.Click here to register today!
Registration will be available at the door from 9:30am to 10:00am on Saturday, September 20.
The Celebration of Peace is open to community members.
REFUGEE SPEAKER PANEL
Meet Maryam and Akot. Maryam was born in Afghanistan. Her parents saw her amazing potential, and ability to shine despite being blind, and provided her with an education. Akot was a child soldier in Sudan and is now a student at San Diego State University. Here from these incredible young people and others.
Keynote Speaker - Natalie Maroun
Our Keynote Speaker is with the San Diego Diplomacy Council. San Diego Diplomacy Council’s mission is to build global relationships and expand mutual understanding by arranging professional, educational and cultural exchanges.
Natalie Maroun deeply believes in the power of ordinary citizens to change the world, and enjoys being able to be part of the process to connect people from all corners of the globe. Natalie first came to the San Diego Diplomacy Council with a zeal for community outreach and a desire to integrate her passion for addressing global issues into her work life. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Security and Conflict Resolution.
Human Trafficking - Marisa Ugarte
In her role as the Executive Director of the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition, Marisa Ugarte brings more than 20 years of experience in advocacy for exploited men, women and children, and in assisting and at-risk youth. With a Masters degree (equivalent) in social work and psychology, Ms. Ugarte spent three years developing social services programs in Tijuana, Mexico. Ms. Ugarte is founder of the Binational Crisis Line in Tijuana, as well as the Domestic Violence Crisis Center for the Sistema Nacional para el Desarollo Integral de la Familia, Tijuana (DIF Tijuana). Ms. Ugarte continues to be an advisor to DIF and to the Civil Protection and Disaster Crisis Prevention Program in Mexico.
Immigration - Christian Ramírez
Christian Ramírez was born in Tijuana, Mexico. Since 1994 Christian has been active on issues relating to US immigration policy and its impact on southern border communities. He has presented in international and national gatherings on the state of human rights in the US-Mexico Border. Mr. Ramirez is a nationally and internationally recognized spokesperson on immigration and border enforcement issues. At the Alliance San Diego, Christian serves as Director of Human Rights Programs, staffs the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium and the Southern Border Communities Coalition as well.
7th Annual Peacebuilding Conference Schedule of Events
Saturday, September 20th
||Speaker Panel: San Diego County Refugees
||Human Trafficking Presentation - Marisa Ugarte, Rescue and Restore Unity Coalition
||Lunch and World Cafe Activities
||Immigration Presentation - Christian Ramirez, Alliance San Diego
||Keynote Speaker: Natalie Maroun - San Diego Diplomacy Council
Sunday, September 21st
|10:00am - 1:00pm
||Community Service Activity at The Journey Thrift Store in National City - benefiting victims of human trafficking
|4:00 - 7:00 PM
||Celebration of Peace Networking Social at
HI-San Diego Downtown
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Hostelling International USA - San Diego
739 4th Avenue, Suite 203
San Diego, CA 92101
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