The Young Initiative’s mission is to participate in envisioning alternatives to the status quo in the Global Political Economy. We are carrying this out through three core activities to connect, expand and link the Occidental community to a GPE that can be interdisciplinary, implemented and innovative. 

We are connecting the Young Initiative to students and faculty by supporting impactful global research in order to show that working on the Global Political Economy should be and can be an interdisciplinary enterprise. We are expanding our innovative "Sustainable Development Goals in Los Angeles" project with the L.A. Mayor’s office in order to show how alternative approaches to the Global Political Economy can be implemented in local practice. This is part of the Young Initiative’s commitment to showing how sub-state actors can realize policies that flow out of engagement with international norms that speak to the needs of local, transnational populations. And we are linking our theoretical/practical work to global academic and policy conversations in order to advance innovative approaches to political economy. By making these connections across disciplines, across theoretical-policy divides, and across geographical spaces, we can contribute to re-envisioning traditional approaches to global/local crises in governance around the world.

U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

Since February 2018, the Young Initiative has partnered with the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office to localize and adopt the 2015 United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to better reflect and address the needs and priorities of the L.A. community. Learn more  about this exciting partnership.

About the Young Initiative

John Parke Young (Class of 1917) was a distinguished international economist, former chair of the Occidental 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. Dr. Young was the former chief of the State Department's division of international finance, helped draft the original charters for the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. He also attended the international conference that drafted the Charter of the United Nations in 1945. Dr. Young received his master's degree from Columbia University and a doctorate in economics from Princeton University.

The Young Initiative Newsletter provides updates and reviews on current and upcoming activities. This dynamic newsletter builds a community around topics of international affairs and the Global Political Economy. Read the Spring 2020 edition.

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