Uniterra Symposia Series

2014-2015 theme: “Youth Voices in Development”

This year’s theme speaks for itself! Youth are increasingly raising their voices to help shape the development of their countries and communities to align with their dreams, their values and their concerns. Who are these young leaders around the globe? What changes are they advocating for? What are their challenges? Your LC can begin conversations that address these questions by organizing a symposia, panel discussion, or training, to raise awareness on your campus about this year’s Symposia theme: Youth Voices in Development.

Help spark memorable discussions and meaningful debates about “Youth Voices in Development’ by bringing together local experts, returned international volunteers, sponsored students, local committee members, and faculty for an educational symposium!

Your Local Committee can apply for funding on My Committee and receive up to $500 to hold an educational event on your campus! These activities could take place during International development week from February 1st-7, 2015, or during the Journées québécoises de la solidarité internationale (JQSI), from November 6-16, 2014. October 26th is the deadline to apply for funding. 


About the Uniterra Symposia Series

Change doesn’t happen on its own.

Every year, WUSC Local Committee students across Canada spark change by bringing together local experts, returned international volunteers, students and faculty for an educational symposium. Through the Uniterra Symposia Series, Local Committees can take concrete action to make a real difference and to improve the living conditions of communities worldwide.

Are you part of a WUSC Local Committee on campus that would like to organize a Symposium?

Organize an educational event, such as a panel, round-table, workshop or simulations, while bridging the gap between local and international issues. Use your creativity and artistic means (photo exhibit, shows, movies etc.) to spark meaningful discussions.

Let our yearly theme on one of the Uniterra program areas of work inspire your symposia – equality between women and men, economic development, health, HIV and AIDS, education and governance – to create a dynamic space of knowledge-sharing and exchange on international development!

2014-2015 theme : “Youth Voices in Development”

Why organize a Symposium?

  • To raise awareness on international development issues amongst students and the general population;
  • To inspire passion and encourage students on campus and the broader community to take concrete action to contribute to change;
  • To raise your Local Committee’s profile and recruit new members;
  • To establish partnerships with other like-minded groups.
  • Journées québécoises de la solidarité internationales (November 6-16, 2014)
  • International Development Week (February 1st -7, 2015);
  • International Women’s Day (March 8, 2015)

How to organize a Symposium


Organize an event that resonates with your campus. Use your imagination yet be realistic about available resources, including potential presenters. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Host a discussion group, making the link between international and local concerns.
  • Hold an engaging panel: invite high profile speakers, experts and/or local leaders in the community.
  • Use the arts to spark discussions (photography, music, film, etc.).
  • Organize workshops, a film night, and/or simulation activities.

Ideally, the Symposium is not only an opportunity to learn and share, but an opportunity to get those participating to take action. To integrate elements of different public engagement campaigns into your event. You can order Fair trade coffee and tea; host a registration table to collect names and emails of participants so you can invite them to your next meeting; and send the photos of the event to your campus or community newspaper to gain media attention.

Once your committee starts planning a Symposium, sign up online using My Committee and identify a contact person in order to apply for funds and receive support, tips, and tools from other committees and the WUSC Campus Engagement Team.

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