On May 1, the World Affairs Council played host to more than 160 middle school students and teachers for its annual Student Ambassador Conference, which is the culminating event of the Student Ambassador Program. This year-long education initiative for middle school students also includes workshops on cultural competency and exposure to international speakers.
This year’s conference focused on global health and featured breakout sessions on topics such as health in Haiti; the use of soccer as a development tool in Africa; dealing with malaria in Nigeria; and how medial relief organizations are making a difference around the world. Students also had the opportunity to meet with elite runners from Ethiopia, Kenya, and Zambia who were in town to run in the Pittsburgh Marathon. The Student Ambassador Program is held in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh’s Global Studies Center.