Nationally and internationally, the John Parke Young Initiative on the Global Political Economy promotes economic, social, and financial policies and actions of public and social benefit.

John Parke Young (Class of 1917) was a distinguished international economist, former chair of the College’s Economics Department, and the son of the Rev. William Stewart Young, one of Occidental’s founders and a 50-year member of the board of trustees. Through the Youngs' contribution, students are able to undertake global research and internships, and renowned experts visit campus for events and conferences. The Young Initiative supports the study of the global political economy and global affairs practice, providing grants for programs and independent research projects developed by students under faculty supervision.

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Global Ambition, Local Action - Keynote Address by Mayor Eric Garcetti at Occidental College