Last Month: International Delegations, Travel the World & Flash Briefings

Meet our NEW Board of Directors and Advisory Group Members

Our Board of Directors and Advisory Group Members are the voice of our mission. They steer us towards a sustainable future by making sure our nonprofit has adequate resources to advance our impact to promote global competence in our local community. We are excited to announce four additional Board of Directors and two Advisory Members for the 2018 year.

Read more: Introducing our New Board and Advisory Members


Board Member of the Month: Michael Hawkins

Michael Hawkins, Board Member of the Month

Michael Hawkins is a partner in the Labor, Employment and Appellate Practice Groups at Dinsmore & Shohl. He has extensive experience in all aspects of labor, employment law and ERISA litigation and appellate practice. He has been selected by Best Lawyers as a top Labor & Employment lawyer every year since 1989. He has experience working with the British Red Cross International Law Program, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania, and the Sister City Programs. He has served the local community with the American Red Cross, Greater Cincinnati Area Chapter, Cincinnati Human Relations Commission, National Conference for Community Justice, United Way and Community Chest, and Foreign Policy Leadership Council of Greater Cincinnati. He recently joined the Council to enhance his international humanitarian law expertise.

Check out his latest blog | Global Involvement and Cultural Competence

Travel the World: 10-day trip to Palestine and Israel

The trip was not all study and briefings, here they are at Masada, near the Dead Sea.

Through the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia of Philadelphia, a group of 22 United States citizens traveled throughout Palestine and Israel for 10 days with the Travel the World Program.

The trip included two of our own members, Dr. Peter and Debra Ruehlman.

“While the trip was eye-opening in what we saw, it was really mind-opening in what we experienced,” continued Debra. “We met and had discussions with people from many areas of life – government officials, university students, teachers, religious leaders and ordinary citizens like us. That’s what made it a World Affairs Council trip. It wasn’t just a tour to see sites in the Holy Land. We really got to hear different points of view on the same issues, both Israeli and Palestinian.”

Read blog or visit for information on upcoming 2018 and 2019 trips!

Power in Numbers

Thank you to Horizon Community Fund, Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative, and St. Elizabeth Healthcare for hosting the Power in Numbers event earlier this month.

This networking and speakers event covered topics on economic development, health, and education. Now it’s time to move data to action! We were so excited to connect with local nonprofit organizations in our Greater Cincinnati community.


Flash Briefing | Thousands take to the streets


This past week we hosted a 30-minute conference call, moderated by Chris Huntington of Nexigen and several locals who do business in Nicaragua to discuss the current emerging situation in Nicaragua. As thousands take to the streets to demand the resignation of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.

Sign up for our E-Newsletter to learn more about our upcoming Flash Briefings.

One Book to Connect the World

This collaboration project connects educators and students through read-aloud. Originally founded by an immigrant who believed in the POWER of books to break down biases and broaden understandings. Global Read Aloud program aims to encourage literacy and reading skills while introducing books which celebrate themes of cultural diversity and inclusion.

Interested in bringing Global Read Aloud to your school?
Contact Ciarra Wooten at

World Leaders Visit Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

In the month of April, the Council hosted three International Visitor Leadership Programs (IVLP) with a total of 28 visitors from 22 countries.

Ten international delegates from Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela arrived early in the month to discuss Minority Participation in the Political Process. During their time here, the delegates spoke with and took tours of many organizations in our local area. Thank you to MARCC, Cincinnati City Council, Citizens Complaint Authority, Greater Cincinnati Urban League, Xavier University Democrat and Republican Clubs, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati Women’s Political Caucus, and League of Women Voters.

Four international delegates from Senegal arrived this month to discuss The Application of TIP (Trafficking in Persons) Law. During their visit they met with the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Hamilton County Juvenile Court, Council on Child Abuse, El Sewedy International Academy, Eyes Open International, National Underground Freedom Center,

Thank you to our Advisory Group Member, Jessica Donohue-Dioh for hosting our delegates for dinner during their last evening in town.

Ten international delegates from Algeria, Benin, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sudan visited Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky to discuss the topic Towards a More Safe and Secure World – Cooperative Security. During their time here, they visited with Cincinnati Compass, Cincinnati Human Relations Commission, National Underground Railroad Center, Citizen Complaint Authority, Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati (MARCC), Hamilton County Office of Reentry,

Thank you to our dinner hosts, Ali and Fatimata Ndiaye, Dr. Daniel and Linette Kuy, Becky Linhardt, and Mike Hawkins for hosting our delegates during their visit.

Seven international delegates from the Republic of Georgia arrived later in the month to discuss Building Bridges Between Georgian and U.S. Universities. During their time here, they were able to meet and tour local organizations in our community. Thank you to Thomas More College, Northern Kentucky University, and Miami University. For their last night in town, they were able to attend the Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers game!

Thank you to Vivian Gonzalez-Bodden, Jason Klein, and Jake Bartel for hosting a dinner for our delegates during their visit.

A special thank you to our local hosts and volunteers, without you these memorable experiences couldn’t be possible. Your generosity in opening your homes to these international visitors will be fond memories of our area for years to come.

Our Upcoming Events

May 10 | People to People: From Russia with…. Yana Osipenko | Register Today!


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May 13 | Just Dinner Hosts Needed | Learn More

Visitor from Russia coming to Cincinnati to expand her knowledge and create partnerships between innovation focused institutions in the US and Russia through the Professional Fellows Program (PFP) sponsored by the US Department of State. She would love to spend dinner time with you at your home

May 26-28 | Overnight Hosts Needed | Learn More

Visitor from Russia coming to Cincinnati to expand her knowledge and create partnerships between innovation focused institutions in the US and Russia through the Professional Fellows Program (PFP) sponsored by the US Department of State. She would love to spend Memorial Day Weekend with you at your home

July 11-25 | Overnight Hosts Needed | Learn More

11-12 Iraqi students are coming to participate in the U.S. government-sponsored Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program. This is a two-week homestay opportunity

Interested in Hosting? Contact James McManus at | 859-448-8984

Upcoming International Events

May 13-25 | The Past and Present of U.S. Diplomacy in Europe | Learn More

May 21 | 7 PM to 9 PM | Mission: Wildlife at the Cincinnati Zoo | Learn More

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