This event is being co-sponsored by the Center for International Development, the David Rockefeller Center on Latin American Studies and the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. It is being organized by the HKS Venezuelan Caucus. Yon Goioechea and Geraldine Alvarez will make a presentation to share lessons based on their experiences. The Venezuelan university student movement represents changes in the civic engagement and political participation of youth world wide.After the presentation, experts will comment on the significance of re-emergence of university student movements in Latin America. * Refreshments will be provided*
The forthcoming issue of the Harvard Kennedy School Review will feature Yon Goicoechea, the most prominent of the student organizers and the former general secretary of the movement, as a Global Public Policy Rising Star. As such, HKS’s Venezuela Caucus considers it timely to invite three of the most visible student leaders to engage with the HKS community. Since the movement, led by the Venezuelan National Student Parliament is gaining momentum, it is important for these young leaders to share their experiences, strategies and vision with the Harvard community. In our view, their success has implications for the political participation of youth internationally and offers lessons for civil engagement.