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International Forum On Youth 2023

A Forum on Global Identity Topics

November 13-16, 2023


For the Fifth year in a row, College of the Canyons will host an International Forum on Youth on November 13-16, 2023
highlighting the challenges and aspirations faced by today's young people through lectures, scholarly presentations, and other events.

Hosted by COC's International Services & Programs, the forum was designed to help foster strong scholarship among faculty, 
form connections with international scholars, encourage dialogue on challenging topics that are timely and international by nature, 
and generate interest among faculty, students, and staff for projects and comprehensive internationalization.  

The 2023 International Forum on Youth will feature COC administrators, professors as well as students from abroad, 
who will provide insights into today's youth and seek to inspire them to act.


Keynote Speaker

David Heredia

David Heredia

Founder of Heroes of Color

An award-winning company that uses animation to author culturally responsive books for youth.

Speaking on Cultural Diversity and Identity in Media Arts

Monday, November 13, 2023
11:00AM - 12:30PM




Keynote Speaker - David Heredia

David Heredia, founder of Heroes of Color, will be speaking about cultural diversity and identity in media arts.

Monday, November 13, 2023
11:00AM - 12:30PM

COC Executive Cabinet Panel

Executive Cabinet members share how they navigated their sense of identity as they undertook the journey to become senior leaders in academia.

Tuesday, November 14, 2023
12:30PM - 2:00PM

You Are What You Eat

You Are What You Eat

A potluck style event with a panel discussion on the ties between food and personal and cultural identity.

Wednesday, November 15, 2023
12:00PM - 2:00PM

Student Panel

Current students and alumni discuss how they navigate their identity in different spaces.

Thursday, November 16, 2023
2:00PM - 3:30PM

Student Panel and Closing Remarks

Closing Remarks 

An interactive session with the audience on key takeaways and future conferences.

Thursday, November 16, 2023
3:30PM - 4:00PM