Congratulations to the 168 high school students from 27 states who participated Saturday, April 30, in the Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2002 Academic WorldQuest National Competition!
This was a special edition of WACA’s flagship education program – the 20th anniversary of our National Competition was also the first hybrid effort, with 36 teams taking part in person at the United States Institute of Peace’s iconic headquarters in DC and 6 teams playing virtually from locations around the country.
WACA is proud to announce the top three teams, who distinguished themselves with their high scores in the 100-point contest that tests knowledge of world affairs in 10 topic categories. (Final scores will be sent to all competing teams soon.)
Keystone’s championship team, with Carlos and Malú Alvarez, the team's chaperone Bill Spedding, and WACA President and CEO Bill Clifford
1st Place: Keystone School, WAC San Antonio, TX
2nd Place: Plano West High School, WAC Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
3rd Place: Palm Desert High School, WAC of the Desert, CA
We are grateful to the teachers, chaperones, and parents who accompanied students during the two-day AWQ program. On Friday, April 30, two representatives from the Mexican Embassy -- Carmen Morales and Blanca Gaviño-Arvizu -- spoke to our students and chaperones about climate change and migration -- one of the 10 topics the students had to study for AWQ this year.
On the day of the AWQ National Competition USIP President Lise Grande was the luncheon keynote speaker and Kevin Cassidy, Director of the International Labour Organization Office for the U.S. and Canada made opening remarks.
WACA is grateful also to our sponsors -- Carlos and Malú Alvarez, ILO Office for the U.S. and Canada, the U.S. Institute of Peace, Johnson and Sterling, and the Foreign Policy Association -- as well Foreign Policy, for contributing to our prize package and providing each student with the latest copy of their magazine!
The World Affairs Councils of America's National Office is delighted to invite Member Council executives, staff, and board members to this year's Spring Leadership Meeting. Thanks to Tracey Johnson, Executive Director of the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council, and Karen Burghart, Emeritus Director, we are bringing the Spring Council Leadership & WACA Board of Directors meetings to beautiful Colorado Springs on June 9-11, 2022.
This year's Leadership Meeting will open with an opening event on Thursday, June 9 at 5:00 PM MT.
On Friday, June 10, following professional development workshops, WACA will host a dinner with a VIP speaker.
The WACA Board of Directors meets Saturday, June 11 at 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM MT (10:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET).
On May 4 at 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM ET, the International Labour Organization Office for the U.S. and Canada and the Bush School of Government and Public Service will host a hybrid event on "Improving Working Conditions in Supply Chains."
The event will feature Ambassador Katherine Tai, U.S. Trade Representative, in conversation with Kevin Cassidy, our partner and Director and Representative to the Bretton Woods and Multilateral Organizations at the ILO Office for the U.S. and Canada.
Thea Lee, Deputy Under Secretary for International Labor Affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor, will deliver a keynote address. Several other experts in the field will speak.
Each month, the World Affairs Councils of America highlights one of our Member Councils for their excellence in programming and community outreach. This month, we have selected the Cleveland Council on World Affairs for their strong programming, notably this week's Global Impact Award.
This past weekend, Dr.Richard Crepage, WACA Advisory Council Member and former Administrative Director at CCWA, served as one of our judges for the 20th anniversary Carlos and Malú Academic WorldQuest National Competition. Dr. Crepage also served on our 2021-2022 Academic WorldQuest Task Force, providing advice and guidance to the WACA team as we planned for this year's National Competition. We thank Dr. Crepage and the team at CCWA for their dedication to Academic WorldQuest!
Community Engagement for Multicultural and Multigenerational Outreach
Tuesday, May 10 at 3:00 PM ET
President and CEO
Director of Education
WAC Dallas/Fort Worth
Director, Development & Marketing
Cleveland Council on World Affairs
Reaching a multicultural and multigenerational audience requires dedicated outreach and investment. Join us on Tuesday, May 10 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET to learn how your World Affairs Councils can better include and engage your entire community and promote diversity in your membership.
On May 11 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET, join us for our latest Cover to Cover author interview with C. Fred Bergsten. Bergsten's new book, The United States vs. China, is the first to analyze US-China rivalry from the perspective of global economic leadership. Unlike other commentators, Bergsten sees reasons to be optimistic about future U.S.-China economic relations. He identifies ways in which both countries can lead, rather than destroy, the world economy.
The team at the World Affairs Councils of America honors the legacy of Richard Lauf, who passed away in April. For many years, Rich served as board chair and treasurer of the World Affairs Council of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. He served as platoon leader in Vietnam and was awarded a Purple Heart for his service. Following his military service, Rich went on to pursue a career at P&G and later utilized his leadership and expertise as a business consultant. Rich Lauf lived a life committed to a personal mission shared by the World Affairs Council network – in service to others.
International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts Seungkwon You, director of the Global Leadership Program and Asian Scholars Program at the Asian Affairs Center, for “Global Horizons - Lexicon: Korean”
World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Jonathan Barr, Senior Research Engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Hiwot Tesfaye, Technical Advisor for Microsoft, for "Artifical Intelligence: Governing for Good"
International Relations Council presents "WorldQuest"
World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts Mark Lagon, Chief Policy Officer at the Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, for "Responding to Global Health Challenges"
World Affairs Council of Houston hosts Lt. Col. (Ret.) Kyleanne Hunter, AH-1W Super Cobra attack pilot, and Katherine Kuzminski, Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at CNAS, for "Women and the U.S.: Combat, Conflict, and Command" (In person)