Youth Democracy Forum

The Global Liberal Arts Alliance joined with Deree-The American College of Greece as Education Partner for the prestigious International New York Times Athens Democracy Forum (ADF) that was held in Athens, Greece, September 13-17, 2017. The Forum attracted a broad range of participants from around the world.

The Forum's theme, “Solutions for a Changing World", addressed important questions about globalization, international cooperation, and the enduring nature of democracy at a time of unique challenges around the world. The theme speaks to the heart of a Liberal Arts education and its mission to educate global citizens who can work together to solve complex problems that bring positive change to a turbulent world.

Deree-The American College of Greece, in cooperation with the Global Liberal Arts Alliance, coordinated Forum programming for a team of student delegates from Alliance institutions. Through a two-level competitive application process, 23 students from 12 countries were selected to participate in the Forum as student delegates. With generous support of the Endeavor Foundation, each student delegate was awarded an Endeavor Fellowship to offset the cost of airfare.

Working in groups of six, the student delegates considered questions raised by the Forum’s theme from their own generational and cultural perspectives. We aspired for the student delegates to make meaningful contribution to the Forum, to communicate their thinking and experiences both to their home campuses and to the Alliance, and to present a plan of action to their home institutions for addressing a specific challenge identified at the Forum. Some of those resulting projects may be presented at the 2018 Global Alliance Institute Leadership and Liberal Arts: A Foundation for Social Good.