Young Texans Speak Out at White House Summit

From sustainable architecture to education inequality, UT students are serious about social justice—and they’re eager to tell the Obama administration about their efforts.

About 200 young Austinites filled KLRU’s Studio 6A on the UT campus last night for a White House Young America summit organized by the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation.

The event—one of 17 hosted at universities nationwide by the White House’s Office of Public Engagement—aimed to identify issues that matter to Americans aged 16-30, as well as to connect young leaders with each other.

Six young leaders gave TED-type talks (think snappy, stylish PowerPoint presentations). Afterward, audience members gathered in more than 20 small groups to discuss topics from entrepreneurship to technology to sustainable foods.

Meanwhile, the young and tech-savvy crowd kept up a lively conversation on Twitter. Here’s what they said:

Photo by Zen Ren. Courtesy the Daily Texan. Featured photo by Charlie L. Harper III. Courtesy Laura Byerley.


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