Global Problems Global Solutions

2016 Global Problems, Global Solutions Conference: 
 April 21 and April 22, 2016

A Pathway To Environmental Sustainability  


Come back soon for more details! 


 2015 Global Problems, Global Solutions Conference  
This year's conference was held on April 9-10

Saving Our Children: A Global Issue - A Local Response

La Roche College will partner with sponsor organizations Brother’s Brother Foundation, the University of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Council for Higher Education to host the 10th annual Global Problems, Global Solutions conference on April 9 and 10.   

Organized to focus on critical global concerns, the conference will relate this year’s theme, Saving Our Children: A Global Issue - A Local Response, to the Millennium Development Goals established by the United Nations.   

Keynote Address

Maureen A. Dunn, division chief of the office of policy and strategy at U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, will deliver the 2015 keynote address at La Roche's main campus. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m., with the general session following at 7 p.m. and a reception of dessert and coffee afterward in the Zappala College Center Square.

The College also will host a faculty-led workshop to raise awareness and discuss issues related to child slavery within the global fashion industry.  The workshop, "Child Slavery Within the Apparel Industry," will take place on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in the Ryan Room of the Zappala College Center. 

On-campus discussion

  • Examine local and international child issues during a discussion hosted by local experts from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Ryan Room of the Zappala College Center at La Roche's main campus. 
  • Learn about the history and global impact of vaccinations as La Roche students present "The History, Biology and Global Impact of Vaccinations" at 2 p.m. in the Ryan Room of the Zappala College Center.
The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, 10 Children's Way: 4 – 4:30 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Opera presents a child friendly opera based on the book "Violet's Music.” Violet wants to be a  musician, but she can't find friends to make music with her. Based on the award-winning book by Angela Johnson, opera singers Anqwenique Wingfield and Christina Farrell sing Violet's story in a range of musical styles, from country to hip-hop to jazz. Children are invited to sing and play instruments in Violet's band, and they discover that musicians must work together. Free passes to the museum are available.


Saturday, April 11: Cranberry Folk and Food Festival

Come support La Roche students as they participate in the Cranberry Folk and Food Festival.  Enjoy ethnic food sampling, demonstrations, games, music and dance performances from countries around the world from 12 to 3 p.m. at the Cranberry Township Municipal Center Gym (2525 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township, PA 16066).

About Global Problems, Global Solutions

Global Problems, Global Solutions is a free, annual conference. La Roche leads and co-sponsors the conference with local colleges, universities and nonprofits known for their global activism. The conference discusses progress, plans and initiatives related to the U.N. Millennium Development Goals which seek to:


    Dedicated to promoting justice and peace in a constantly changing global society, La Roche supports the U.N. in working to make these goals a reality in Pittsburgh and throughout the global marketplace.

    Previous keynote speakers

    • Robert C. Gallo, MD, Co-Discoverer of HIV Causing AIDS 
    • Former Secretary of the Treasury Paul O’Neill 
    • Pulitzer Prize Winner Sheryl WuDunn 
    • Deputy Secretary of USAID, Ambassador Donald Steinberg 

    For more information

    Contact Assistant Director of Global Engagement Charlotte Reed at 412-536-1215 or