Let's talk about youth on your campus with Uniterra Symposia!

Uniterra Symposia Series

2015-2016 Theme: “Global Youth Employment”

There are 1.8 billion young people on this planet, with 89% of them living in developing countries (UNFPA, 2014). Despite the challenges of high global rates of youth unemployment (13%), inadequate education systems and persistent gender inequality, young women and young men are continually innovating to meet their changing needs. They are building new approaches to development.

Help spark memorable discussions and meaningful debates in a Uniterra Symposium by bringing together development experts, young entrepreneurs and social innovators, leaders, Uniterra volunteers and/or local organizations to discuss some of the challenges that are contributing to rising global youth employment affecting young women and young men, as well as the innovative solutions that are, or that could meet their changing economic needs.

Funding available: Your Local Committee can apply for funding on My Committee and receive up to $500 to hold a Symposia event on your campus! The deadline to apply is extended to November 15, 2015.


About the Uniterra Symposia Series

For decades, WUSC  Local Committees in Canada, Burkina Faso and Ghana have hosted annual educational Symposia events to raise awareness about global development priorities on their campus. From coast to coast, student-run Local Committees lead these educational events to promote knowledge-sharing and to give voice to youth leaders.  Through this Symposia series, Uniterra, a leading canadian international development program jointly operated by WUSC and CECI,  enables students to take concrete actions to highlight the questions, tools and innovative solutions to improve the economic livelihoods of women and youth worldwide.

It’s your turn! Organize an educational event, such as a panel, round-table, workshop or simulations, and bridge the gap between local and international issues. Use your creativity and artistic means (photo exhibit, documentary screening with panel etc.) to spark meaningful discussions.

2015-2016 Theme : “Global Youth Employment”

Why organize a Uniterra Symposium?

  • To raise awareness on international development issues among students and the general population;
  • To inspire passion and encourage students on campus and the broader community to take conrete 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 5-14, 2015)
  • International Development Week (February 7-13, 2016)
  • International Women's Day (March 8, 2016)


Organize an event that resonates with your campus. Use your imagination yet be realistic about available resources, including potential presenters.

  • Take a look at our Symposia info-sheet for ideas on how to tackle the annual topic (coming soon);
  • Make it happen with our special Uniterra Symposia How-to resource!

The Uniterra Symposia is not only an opportunity to learn and share with your campus community, but an opportunity to get participants to take concrete action. 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 Symposia, 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.