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 provides a discounted rate of $5 for students and $10 for community members.Click here to register today!
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. They connect community and business leaders in the San Diego region with their counterparts around the world to address common challenges including citizen safety, economic opportunity, social justice and environmental sustainability.
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.
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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