Higher Education & Youth Activism: Stories and Strategies For Collective Action

6 April 2023  09:00 - 10:00

Virtual Event | Organised by USAID Higher Education Learning Network | Held in Virtual in English, with Spanish and French translation
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What role does higher education play in developing personal agency, resilience, and efficacy of youth activists? How can higher education strengthen and support collective action and civic engagement? Learn directly from youth activists how higher education inspired and prepared them to engage in social change. This event is sponsored by the USAID Higher Education Learning Network (HELN) in partnership with Powered by the People. Participants will share their perspectives on ways to strengthen higher education to support youth activism and help contribute to new research on the intersection between higher education and student activism.


Hosted by:

Dr. Samantha Alvis, Senior Advisor for Higher Education, Center for Education, USAID

Neetha Tangirala, Senior Advisor for Youth, Civic Education, and Engagement, Center for Democracy Rights and Governance, USAID

Featured Youth Speakers:

Ayobami Borisade (Nigeria), Youth Activist and Founder, Girls Pride Initiatives for Sustainable Development, which focuses on capacity building, menstruation education, and other support for the girl child.
Dayana Blanco (Bolivia), Youth Activist and Founder, Warmi Shining, an organization dedicated to supporting indigenous women’s access to education.
Josephine Chinake (South Africa), Youth Activist and chapter leader for Girls for Girls Zimbabwe which supports women in tech.