Rotary International STEPS Conference at CLU

Rotary’s STEPS conference is about helping to break the cycle of poverty by focusing on well-planned projects.  This is the 5th Conference on Steps to Eliminate Poverty Sustainably (STEPS). Participants will learn about designing, funding and partnering on humanitarian projects to help vulnerable people here and all over the world. The program this year also includes presentations and discussions on human trafficking issues.


Who     —         Rotary, Central Coast District 5240

What    —         Conference on Steps to Eliminate Poverty Sustainably (STEPS)

When   —         Saturday January 28 from 9 am to 3 pm

Where  —        California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks


The morning keynote speaker is Opal Singleton of and author of the book Seduced, The Grooming of America’s Teenagers.  Opal has trained thousands of people in government, schools and social outreach organizations about human trafficking.  The afternoon keynote speaker is Dr. M.D. Kinoti, professor at Regis University who was raised on a tea farm in Kenya.  Dr. Kinoti will talk about working with Farm Concern and other organizations addressing poverty in Africa. 

There will be many Exhibitors and Breakout sessions – The EMPOWER Youth program, Developing Minds in Developing Countries, Human Trafficking Prevention, Economic Development for Women in Bosnia, a Peace Tables cafe and a Q&A breakout on Rotary grants.  This year will introduce a Speed Project Exchange, a fast paced, exchange of plans for specific international and community projects as a way of connecting with potential project partners.

A special exhibit experience, iEmpathize – The  Apathy Effect, will be co-sponsored by CLU’s Sarah W. Heath Center for Equality and Justice.  This multimedia journey told through film, photography and artifacts will immerse viewers in the stories of young survivors of human trafficking. The exhibit inspires hope, as visitors learn about exploitation and how to combat it.  The exhibit will be at CLU’s William Rolland Art Gallery and is open for students and the public on Friday the 27th and Monday the 30th. For information about free guided tours, call 805-493-3697.

For more information about the STEPS conference, see   Rotary International is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide providing humanitarian service and build goodwill in the world since 1905.  For more information about Rotary, visit



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