Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Los Angeles

On December 10 of 2018, the USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health hosted a symposium that drew hundreds of community members, students, organizers, activists and consular representatives to USC’s Bovard Auditorium where speakers from academia, the United Nations, government and civil society discussed why, and how, human rights matter and can make a difference for sustainable development, health and well-being locally and around the world. Following this event, students of the Institute’s Wicked Problems Practicum facilitated the Youth Solutions Summit at City Hall which engaged dozens of area high school and college students in presentations and interactions centered on local solutions to current human rights challenges.

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Notable speakers for the symposium event, in the order that they appeared, included:

  • Wanda Austin: Interim President of USC
  • Kate Gilmore: UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Eric Garcetti: Mayor of the City of Los Angeles
  • Elizabeth Cousens: UN Foundation Deputy Chief Executive Officer
  • Rafael Augustín: Activist and writer known for Jane the Virgin
  • Candace Cable: Advocate, athlete and Paralympian/Olympian
  • Alyssa Milano: Actress and activist
  • Gigi Gorgeous: YouTube star, author and activist
  • Michael Quick: Provost of the University of Southern California


Event Date: December 10, 2018
Funders/Collaborators: The Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations Foundation
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA