Julian Castro, a leading Latino voice, has in recent years emerged as an inspiring public figure with a compelling story and messages around human rights, housing, activism, and public service. In 2001, at age 26, Castro was the youngest elected city councilman in San Antonio history and was later elected Mayor. This grandson of an orphaned immigrant from Mexico, Castro was appointed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama. He was also singled out by Time Magazine in its “40 Under 40” list and named to the World Economic Forum’s list of Young Global Leaders. In fall 2018, Castro published a memoir, An Unlikely Journey: Waking Up from My American Dream.
2019 INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER SERIES—FUTURE LEADERS, GLOBAL VOICES
Today, over 50% of the world’s population is currently under the age of 30. Nearly 90% of that number are living in emerging and developing economies, particularly in the Middle East and Africa. The 21st century will be defined by how well these young leaders navigate climate change, economic uncertainty, civic participation, and huge cultural shifts in the face of increased globalization.
Fortunately, youth leadership is on the rise worldwide. From the Arab Spring to the Parkland students ‘March for Our Lives’ to the global fight for climate justice, today’s youth are not waiting for permission to make an impact on an international scale. They are shifting what it means to organize within their communities and are guiding the world towards real social change. Join us at the Newmark Theatre as we highlight "Future Leaders, Global Voices," spotlighting powerful youth-lead movements and the initiatives working to empower tomorrow's global leaders.
WorldOregon’s International Speaker Series, going into its 19th season, is one of the nation’s premier platforms for international affairs. This series puts you in the room with the global leaders, visionaries, and inspiring voices that are changing our world.
Julian Castro: Public Service & Activism for the Next Generation
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Portland, OR 97205
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