Last Month: Welcome New Members, Global Classroom, Blogs and More

Welcome to Members!

Thank you to members who have joined for the first time and those who have renewed the World Affairs Council membership this past month. Members are the cornerstone of the council. Together, we can build our global community network.

Global Citizen Member
Matt Robinson, Indelac

Advocate Member
Catherine Yeager, Fifth Third Bank
Joy Albi

Victoria Zyp
Ed Ratterman
Dimitrina Partridge
Melisse May
Gregory Edwards, Cincinnati Public Library
Peter Rose, Miami University

HELP US BUILD OUR GLOBAL COMMUNITY TODAY! By renewing or joining the World Affairs Council membership, you will enjoy special perks such as:

  • Special discounts to events such as The Future of Failed, Failing, & Fragile States
  • Priority hosting for visitors
  • Up to 70% off publications like the Economist, Foreign Affairs, & World Affairs Journal

CLICK here to join as a sustaining member at $350 with monthly payments of $29.17!

CLICK here for one time membership – make sure that you may select annual under donation frequency and then you will never forget to renew your membership!

Global Classroom at St. Ignatius School

Thank you to our Global Guide, Erika Allen visited Señora Amanda Ankenbauer’s Spanish classroom at St Ignatius School this week to share her rich cultural heritage of Mayan and Guatemalan roots.

Erika is currently a photographer and artist at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. She shared with some of her own artwork and inspired the students to express themselves through creativity and art.

Our Global Classroom Program brings people from a variety of countries and professional backgrounds to local schools to inform and inspire students to learn more about the world they live in. Here’s to another awesome example of how local meets global in Greater Cincinnati!

Refugee Simulation at Aiken High School

Thank you to Aiken High School and RefugeeConnect for giving us the opportunity to participate in a Refugee Simulation at Aiken High School. We were excited to see our friends from American Red Cross playing the “good patron” role as they helped each refugee family find their missing members in quarantine.

Mr. Aaron Parker’s, ESL (English as a Second Language) students volunteered for the simulation. They had a lot of fun speaking to their teachers in their primary language. The students commented on how important it was for them to see their teachers go through this simulation, for some of them came to Cincinnati as refugees.

This simulation brought awareness to the teachers at Aiken High School. One teacher commented, “I think it’s important for us to experience what some of our own students may have gone through.” While another spoke directly to the students, “I commend you for being resilient. I see you all in the hallways, always smiling and so upbeat.”

World Leaders Visit Greater Cincinnati

In the month of October, Cincinnati hosted 6 delegations of world leaders through the U.S. Department of State’s premier exchange program, International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).
The visitors traveled from 20 countries including Azerbaijan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burma, Czech Republic, India, Jordan, Lebanon, Mexico, Moldova, Palestinian Territories, Philippines, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Kazakhstan Timor-Leste, and Tunisia,. The GCWAC relies on the commitment and skills of our community to develop local professional relationships and showcase Midwest hospitality. This month, our community truly helped to engage the world leaders on topics that included Women and Justice, Teaching STEM in English, U.S. Energy Security, Social Entrepreneurship, Air Pollution Monitoring and Governance, and Anti Corruption Efforts and Accountability in Government. Continue reading for pictures and more info about what they did while in Greater Cincinnati…

Thank you to all of our local professionals and volunteers who made these visits a big success this month. Thank you – Cincinnati Bar Association, Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, University of Cincinnati Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice, The Ohio Justice and Policy Center, The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and the Urban Morgan Institute – for meeting with our multinational  international delegation from Azerbaijan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burma, Czech Republic, India, Jordan, Lebanon, Mexico, Moldova, Palestinian Territories, Philippines, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Uganda to discuss women and justice.

Thank you – Academy of Multilingual Immersion, Academy of World Languages, Miami University, University of Cincinnati Fusion Center, De Paul Christo Rey High School, Northern Kentucky Makerspace, Partners for a Competitive Workforce, and Xavier University – for meeting with the international delegation from Kazakhstan to discuss teaching STEM in English.

Thank you – University of Cincinnati, United States Department of Agriculture, The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance, Greater Cincinnati Waterworks, and the Cincinnati Zoo – for meeting with the international delegation from Brazil to discuss Energy Security in the US.

Thank you –Cintrifuse, Miami University, Ten Thousand Villages, Kentucky Innovation Network, Community Matters, First Batch, and Northern Kentucky University– for meeting with the international delegation from Timor-Leste to discuss social entrepreneurship.

Thank you – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, University of Cincinnati, Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency, Duke Energy, and Nexigen – for meeting with the international delegation from India to discuss air pollution monitoring and governance.

Thank you – U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of Ohio, WCPO-TV, City of Cincinnati Law Department, DHL Express, Northern Kentucky University, Dinsmore and Shohl LLP, GE Aviation, and the Citizens Complaint Authority – for meeting with the international delegation from Tunisia to discuss anti—corruption efforts and accountability in government.

Thank you to families who hosted our visitors for dinner in their homes!!


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