Last Month: Academic WorldQuest, The Council in the Spotlight & More

Welcome our New Board and Advisory Members

For the incoming year we are pleased to announce the addition of three new members to our Board of Directors and two new members to our Advisory Group. A big thank you for they are the voice of our mission. They steer us towards a sustainable future by making sure our nonprofit has adequate resources to advance in our impact to promote global competence in the community.

NEW Board Directors

Michael Hawkins, Partner in the Labor & Employment and Appellate Practice Groups, Dinsmore and Shohl LLP

Chris Huntington, Chief Information Security Officer, Nexigen

Bill Sena, Retired, Investment Counsel

NEW Advisory Group

Katherine Brun, Business Development Specialist, Northern Kentucky Tri-ED

Karen Ramos, Program Director, University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute

Welcome our new Spring Semester Interns

Haley Harrison, Global Exchange Intern

Haley recently joined the Council as the Global Exchange Intern. She will help coordinate the international professional exchange programs including the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Haley is currently a senior at the University of Cincinnati where she double majors in International Affairs and Spanish. She just returned from Spain after studying abroad in Madrid for two semesters! She is passionate about promoting cultural understanding and believes that education and exchanges are the ways to do it.

 Khaliyah Reed, Global Exchange Intern

Khaliyah recently joined the Council as our Global Exchange Intern, she will arrange professional appointments with influential local leaders for the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Currently, she is a senior at Xavier University where she majors in International Studies with a concentration in Asian Studies. During her undergrad she spent a summer semester in Beijing, China. Through this experience she was able to immerse herself in the culture by learning Chinese and traveling to places like Xi’An and climbing the Great Wall.


Trish Matonhodze, Global Programs Intern

Trish recently joined the Council as our Global Programs Intern. She will help coordinate and plan global education programs and curriculum. Currently, she is a senior at University of Cincinnati where she majors in Human Resources, with a concentration in Business Administration. Trish is passionate when it comes to cultural awareness. She was born and raised in Zimbabwe, her personal story and experiences allow her to continuously learn about other world cultures and investigate further into global issues.


World Affairs Council in the Spotlight

The World Affairs Council is the bridge that connects the world to one of America’s most vibrant regions. Through global education, international exchange and cultural awareness initiatives, the council strengthens Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s international identity and engages individuals with foreign affairs.

Thank you to our partner organization, The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce for putting us in the Spotlight!

 2018 Annual Meeting

Our Annual Meeting was an opportunity for us to share our success in promoting global competence through informative events, educational outreach, and exchange programs.

We want to thank all of our volunteers, interns, members, partners, and donors for all their support, they have allowed us to continue our mission to promote international understanding, education, engagement, and cooperation.

Cheers to a successful 2017 and an exciting new year in 2018!


To learn more about our successes check out our 2017 in Review and our 2017 Annual Report.

Academic WorldQuest

Congratulations to our winners at the Academic WorldQuest Local High School Competition! ​

1st Place: Indian Hill High School

2nd Place: Mariemont High School

3rd Place: Princeton High School

​Our first and second place winners will be joining us at our 5th Annual One World Gala & Global Trivia Game. Our first place winners will be heading to Washington D.C. for the National Academic WorldQuest.

Thank you to all our High School teams! Winton Woods High School, The Summit Country Day School, Ursuline Academy, Saint Ursula Academy, Mount Notre Dame

World Leaders Visit Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

In the month of January, Cincinnati hosted one delegation of world leaders through the U.S. Department of State’s premier exchange program, International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).

The visitors travelled from 7 countries: Argentina, Chile, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. WAC 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 Law Enforcement and Community Policing. Continue reading for pictures and more info about what they did while in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky…

Thank you to our local professionals and volunteers who made these visits a big success this month. Thank you – Citizen Complaint Authority, Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio Innocence Project, DHL Express Consignment, CVG International Airport Police, New Prospect Baptist Church, Ohio Justice and Policy Center, End Slavery Cincinnati, and Community Policing Partnering Center – for meeting with our multinational international delegation from Argentina, Chile, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela to discuss Law Enforcement and Community Policing.

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

“Hosting international visitors is a unique benefit offered to members-first. Visitors are sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and have been recognized as leaders effecting real change in their home communities. Connect with these leading individuals from around the world by hosting them for dinner in your home.” – The Goldberg Family, World Affairs Council Member

Bring the World to your Classroom or Business

Seeking local professionals with a global expertise or country specific interest? Our Global Speakers Bureau are available upon request to share research, culture, and expertise including global economy, finance, international commercial arbitration, trade, climate change, and more.

Through this face to face interaction with international university scholars, employees, and visitors, students and employees benefit from a genuine connection to cultural diversity.

Join the Global Ed Network TODAY!

In partnership with school districts, global community partners, and collaborating businesses, the World Affairs Council champions global education efforts through innovative, interactive, and experiential approaches. For our Global Ed Network, we design yearlong academic enrichment and leadership opportunities for students and teachers to focus on cross-cultural experiences, global careers, and knowledge activities.

Bring the world to your district today! We’ll partner with you to create a program that fits your needs.

To learn more visit our website!

Upcoming Events

February 13 | Iran vs Saudi Arabia, Ancient Religious Divide with Ambassador Kenton Keith – Sign up

February 23 | 5th Annual One World Gala & Global Trivia Competition benefiting students’ global education & 21st century skills in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky – Click here to purchase individual tickets

Sponsorship still available, to inquire please contact Michelle Harpenau

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