Millersville University Department of Social Work’s Learning Institute is dedicated to investigating global social issues. The Learning Institute provides a platform from which experts share their knowledge and offer training for agents of social change. Each year, The Learning Institute hosts events that center on a particular theme reflected in the Learning Institute’s literature, roster of speakers, and annual conference. For the 2013-2014 academic year, the Learning Institute is focused on the experiences of young adults. Youth around the world share common challenges, including poverty, inadequate healthcare, limited educational opportunities, exploitation, gender inequality, substance abuse, mental health concerns, homelessness, gang involvement and violence, and family dysfunction. Though experiences differ in terms of chronicity, intensity, and impact, in all youth they create stress and trauma that compromise well-being.
This year’s conference, Global Youth: Understanding Challenges, Identifying Solutions, Offering Hope, invites presentations (poster format, paper, roundtable, and workshop) that investigate challenges faced by youth here and abroad. These presentations can be original research, theoretical framework, clinical interventions, pedagogy, or policy and advocacy.
The conference will take place at Millersville University’s downtown campus, The Ware Center (42 N. Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17603) from July 10-11, 2014.