2019 Annual Report
The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh’s mission is to provide a pathway for a more globally minded region, offering students and the community a learning space that covers key international issues.
Encouraging diversity of thought and setting foundations for developing strong, globally-minded citizens are at the core of our public programming mission. At the Council, our goal is to create opportunities that foster civic engagement through greater awareness, new perspectives, and constructive and connective dialogue that lead to informed, unbiased decisions about the global world.
In 2019, the World Affairs Council advanced our programming mission and created new ways to foster dialogue and disseminate information in the following ways:
- We hosted and welcomed 30 international visitors to the Western Pennsylvania region.
- We presented 23 public programs, including nine free events, covering critical international topic areas, like national security, the rise of foreign powers, American peacekeeping and diplomacy, journalism and threats to freedom of speech, Pittsburgh’s ties to minority communities, immigration, global business, U.S. foreign policy and relations, and foreign service.
- Our programming covered issues and points-of-view focusing on key regions of the world, including East Asia, the Middle East, the United Kingdom, South Asia, Africa, North America.
- We also hosted seven guests on our podcast.
We create opportunities that foster civic engagement through greater awareness, new perspectives, and constructive and connective dialogue that lead to informed, unbiased decisions about the global world.
Youth Education Programs
Today’s students are tomorrow’s global leaders. Our region’s students and youth are the future champions of global awareness, advocacy, and engagement within Western Pennsylvania and beyond. Youth involvement, investment, and inclusion in international issues and events are truly inspirational acts to foster and witness.
In 2019, we partnered with 25 schools across the region that now have in-school Council programming, and offered 720 hours of teacher training through programs and events.
Opportunities extend outside of our region, as well. Since the inception of the Global Travel Scholarship program in 2004, 146 students have traveled from Western Pennsylvania to destinations abroad. This year, students traveled to Spain, Argentina, South Africa, China, Costa Rica, Thailand, Japan, and The Netherlands. Students also took part in internationally-focused domestic programs in Washington, D.C.
The Council also developed summer programming opportunities that offer year-long learning and immersion into international issues. We partnered with Luminari, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit founded to foster activities that broaden minds, inspire innovation, and promote community engagement. The I Want to be an Ambassador! seven-day summer camp program helped regional teens master the critical skills of a successful Ambassador, including the vital art of diplomacy. Additionally, our four-day Emerging Global Leaders Seminar helped high school students understand and think critically about their global world, as well as the issues, connections, and perspectives within it.
Education is the cornerstone of global citizenship. We provide life- and world-changing opportunities for our region's students and youth to take part in classroom, community, and cultural experiences that increase their knowledge, understandings, and involvement in international affairs and events.
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*These are unaudited numbers and may change slightly.
“I was selected to receive a scholarship to study abroad in France, through the partnership between the World Affairs Council and World Learning's 'Experiment in International Learning'. I was so excited for my travel-abroad dreams to turn into a reality.”
“The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is really my most important regional partner in helping me connect my students with the outside world”
Teacher, Cornell School District
“I have always been self-motivated and confident, but my fearlessness, unapologetic nature, and commitment to improving outcomes and providing opportunities, especially for people who look like me, is inextricably linked to my experience as a Global Travel Scholar.”
Our Corporate and Foundation Partners
We wish to thank the following corporate and foundation donors for their tremendous partnership and generosity to the World Affairs Council and our programs.
Our 2019 Board of Directors
Thank you to the board of directors of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, who dedicate the time and talents that propels our work across the region.
Secretary & Treasure
Introducing Betty Cruz, President & CEO
Betty Cruz joined the Council in January of 2020 as the new President & CEO. Betty has nearly 20 years of experience in community outreach, communications, partnership-building, and program management. Her experience with the international community in Pittsburgh and successful track record of building partnerships is essential to the expansion of the Council’s legacy. We are glad to have been able to share our 2019 successes with you through this Annual Report. Now with our eyes on the future, we share this short message from Betty. Learn about the steps we are taking to come together, learn, and share -- across cultures, generations, and economics -- and about her exciting vision for where we are headed as an organization.