Seminar Information

General Information

Welcome to the 2019 World Affairs Seminar: The Promise & Perils of Social Media. This digital guidebook will be your manual leading up to and during your week with us in June.

In an effort to innovate and eliminate paper waste, we have shifted from a paper manual to an all-digital version. If you are in need of a physical paper copy, please let our staff know and we would be happy to provide one.

Packing Checklist

Greetings Delegate. Congratulations on your selection to attend the 2019 World Affairs Seminar: The Promise & Perils of Social Media. Below is important information about what to bring with you, and some warnings about you responsibilities you should know about.

Please review this checklist and keep a copy with you. Questions? Please contact us at (414) 453-4984.

IMPORTANT: Bring ONLY what you are willing to carry. WAS is not liable for loss or damage of your personal items. Medications, Car keys and Passports are collected at registration and held for safe keeping.

In addition to your “normal” gear (clothing, toiletries/grooming items), consider the following: 

  • Casual, appropriate clothing (shorts, t-shirts are ok) plus something nice for the Dance.
  • Please: NO red T-Shirts or Baseball Caps – these are worn by counselors and staff.
  • Notebook & Pen for taking notes (STRONGLY RECOMMENDED)
  • Spending money – cash or credit card for snacks, book & souvenirs. ($50 is typically enough)
  • Prepaid Long Distance Calling Card (Recommended for International calls)
  • Comfortable walking shoes…not flip-flops or sandals. A pair of closed toe shoes for the field trips.
  • Small electric fan (Residence Halls are not air-conditioned)
  • Insect repellent & sun screen
  • Musical instrument or props to perform in Talent Show
  • Cell phone, tablet, camera or other media – Guidelines will be explained on arrival.
  • Laptop, if desired (will not be allowed in large group sessions. WAS is not responsible for any loss or damage)
  • Prescription medications
  • Favorite pillow (Linens are provided: pillow, sheets, and blanket)
  • You will need to bring your own bath towel, wash cloth and pillow case.
  • ID on ALL of your personal belongings.

YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE and must turn in the following items at the end of your stay. Lost, missing, or damaged items must be paid for as follows: Pillow: $10; Fitted Sheet: $15.00; Flat Sheet: $20; Blanket: $20; Meal Card: $20; Room Key: $275 (includes cost of re-keying the room).

COMPLETED, DATED AND SIGNED forms, including Consent/Health/Expectations & Rules must be mailed/faxed to the office so they arrive before the start of the Seminar.

PLEASE Send your CURRENT email address and full name TODAY to:


During your week on campus, you may be filmed, videotaped or photographed by a World Affairs Seminar employee, fellow delegate from our Journalism group, or a contract service professional. Your admission to WAS serves as permission for the use of your image unless you inform us in writing that you deny permission. If you deny permission, please do not pose for photos when reporters or others are taking them. 

Arrival Information

Dear Delegates and Parents, 

On Saturday, June 22th, you will embark on a unique adventure at the 2019 World Affairs Seminar. We are excited about the international, educational and social networking opportunities available to you and the caliber of delegates taking part! 

Please follow these links for the Carroll University campus map and parking map: 


If you are not able to arrive between about noon and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 23rd, or as discussed earlier with Seminar staff, please let us know as soon as possible. 

  • If you are being dropped off, you will want to go to the building where you will register. These will be announced soon.
  • If you are driving, you can park temporarily and register as described in the paragraph above. As you register, let the staff know that you are driving and they will direct you to the parking area where you are to leave your car for the week. Once your car is parked and locked, you need to turn your keys in to the WAS office located in the Campus Center. They will be returned to you Friday morning, June 29th.

As you arrive on campus at Carroll University, look for our staff counselors in red t-shirts and red hats. 

During registration you will receive your dorm assignment, group assignment and check in with the nurse. You then can stow your personal items in the dorm room and meet your roommate. 

The schedule here & on the website is being updated daily as we “tweak” the timing of events. Students from at least 25 states and provinces, and 32 countries will participate. 

Our WAS office phone number at Carroll University is 262.951.3196. Our regular office number will only be checked once or twice each day. The same applies to our office fax. Please share this with your families. 

Departure is Friday, June 29th, any time after you have finished breakfast and said your good-byes, but before noon, please. There is no programming on Friday; it is strictly a travel day. 

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me as noted below. It’s going to be a great week! 

Barbara Eder 
WAS Program Administrator 
10600 W. Mitchell St. 
West Allis, WI 53214 
Phone 414-453-4984 

More About Our 2019 Theme

Social media—its joys, sorrows, and everything in between—is here to stay as an integral part of our everyday lives. It impacts how we think, perceive, and communicate with others on a minute-by-minute basis—and helps shape the face we present to the world. We will address social media head on at the 2019 World Affairs Seminar, discussing ethical dilemmas, issues of privacy, transparency and identity, and the economic and political ramifications. Are we empowering people or fueling the flames of hatred, extremism, and spiraling mental health concerns? From Facebook to Instagram to Twitter, social media continues to evolve and we need to understand its promise and perils to fully harness a technology that can truly make the world a better place.

At the 2019 seminar, you will…

  • Consider social media’s impact from many points of view.
  • Engage in relevant off-site experiences to stimulate discussion.
  • Collaborate with delegates from around the world to define social media issues and challenges in an atmosphere of respect, trust, and collaboration.
  • Discover what you can do to use social media to make the changing world a better, safer place for ethical, respectful dialogue and engagement.
Mission, Motto, and Vision

The World Affairs Seminar (WAS) is a unique interactive educational program for high school delegates. The week-long experience provides an opportunity for international delegates from a variety of backgrounds to discuss issues in a non-threatening environment. They experience new and different ideas and viewpoints brought forward both by their colleagues and by world renowned experts. In small and large groups delegates discuss information and ideas and put their new knowledge to use. Through public policy simulations they work through the complex interactions of different countries, corporations and organizations to develop their own policy initiative. The university setting provides a college-like experience, including use of the residence halls and campus dining. Throughout the week delegates have time for recreational activities which bring greater awareness and understanding of the world around them. Critical thinking, negotiation skills and the process of learning about new friends from around the world are all part of this incredible experience.

Motto: Peace through Understanding 

Mission: To build global leaders and citizens through an international seminar with an innovative, rigorous academic program.

Vision : At WAS open dialogue is encouraged. Our focus is current global topics and trends. We also offer recreational activities that foster interaction and understanding among delegates, staff and speakers.

General Expectations of Delegates
  • You are expected to behave as described in the Expectations Form you signed.
  • You are a delegate, which means you are an ambassador for your Rotary Club or other sponsor, School, Community
  • Make a positive impression.
  • No female delegates in the male dorm; no male delegates in the female dorms.
  • Nametags must be worn at all times
  • Stay on campus – consult the map in the booklet or a counselor if you have any questions
  • Please refrain from using your phone for texting or calls during the lecture.
  • Using your phone to take a picture or record part of the lecture is permitted.
  • Please be respectful of the speakers and those around you. Do not cause distractions.
  • Anything you post online that is inappropriate will be treated the same as if it were spoken.
  • If you are playing any sport, you must wear closed-toe shoes.
  • Floor meetings are at 10:30 p.m. every night except dance night which is at 11:30 p.m. Everyone must be at Floor meetings. Plan showers accordingly.
  • Nurses must be seen prior to 10:00 p.m. except for emergencies. “I forgot” is not an emergency.
  • Dorms are locked at all times. Ask a counselor to take you back to the dorms if necessary. Dorm trips will be only for necessary items, and will be at the discretion of the counselor.
  • Do not prop open the doors. They are locked for your safety.
  • If there are any issues, please talk to a counselor.
  • We care about your safety and comfort. Bullying, harassment, leaving campus or your dorm after hours may result in expulsion. No refunds.
  • Respect all Carroll University facilities and equipment.
  • There are two marked burial mounds on the Main Green, outside of Shattuck Auditorium. Please respect these sacred sites – do not sit, walk, or play games on them.
  • No food, drink, or bags are allowed in the auditorium.
  • Don’t climb over chairs in the auditorium.
  • Make sure to pick up trays in the cafeteria and take them to the rotating dish rack.

The Nurses will have the delegate’s medications available during each meal period and before evening dorm meetings in the World Affairs Seminar Office in the Campus Center. Delegates are responsible for going to the office to receive their medication during the meal periods. Counselors may remind students to see the Nurses for their medications. All medical information will remain confidential and will only be discussed between the nurses and the delegate. However, there are times that counselors will need to be made aware of potential medical situations and the Nurses will brief the counselors on those. For example, it is important for counselors to know of potential for a seizures or if there are allergies to certain items.

Sunday Religious Services

If you would like to attend a religious service Sunday of the Seminar, a signup sheet will be passed around and a counselor will accompany each group. All will be within reasonable walking distance. No transportation will be provided. No one will be required to attend a worship service. Those services with a Counselor electing to go, will be offered to students as options to attend on Sunday morning. We will designate a time and place to meet.

Meals & Meal Cards

During your seminar week, all seminar-sanctioned meals will take place during scheduled hours in The Main Dining Room, or MDR. You will need your Meal Card to swipe in to the MDR for each meal. You may also purchase your own snacks when appropriate from other on-campus locations (IMPORTANT: do not go off campus, in accordance with your signed rules & regulations, at risk of removal from the seminar). 

The Main Dining Room (MDR) 
Seminar-inclusive meals will be served in the Main Dining Room (MDR), an all-you-care-to-eat facility that offers a variety of food selections daily including handmade sandwiches and wraps, full salad bar, pizza, cereals and breakfast foods, gluten-free options (upon request), dessert station with ice cream, and several more. Coke is the beverage provider for Carroll University. 

Coffee and Bagels (C&B) 
Caribou Coffee and Einstein Bagels will be open in the lower level of the Campus Center (Pioneer Indoor Terrace) Monday-Friday from 8am-2pm all summer long, should you be interested in purchasing specialty coffee drinks, snacks, etc. when they aren’t eating in the MDR. 

Au Bon Pain (ABP)
Located in Frontier Hall (210 N. Grand Ave.), Au Bon Pain features fresh soups and sandwiches, as well as smoothies and coffee drinks. Open 7am-7pm. 

Summer Guest Cards 

Each delegate will be issued a Summer Guest Card at check-in to the seminar. This card will serve as your meal card during the seminar week and is uniquely coded for each guest for specific uses while on campus. Delegates should always carry their summer guest card with them at all times, and be able to produce it for Carroll University Staff when needed. 

If any summer guest cards are lost or damaged during the seminar, a replacement cost of $20.00 will be charged. Guest cards are assigned to specific individuals so we will be able to provide the name and card number of the person who lost/damaged his/her card during the camp/conference. 

Your meal cards will not allow delegates to gain entry into the residence halls or other buildings; only staff & counselors have building access and privileges. 

Carroll Ca$h for Laundry, Vending and Food. 

Delegates have the option to add Carroll Ca$h to their cards at the Campus Center Information Desk. Carroll Ca$h is a debit account that has several uses on campus: 

  • If you wish to do laundry while on campus, they will need to load Carroll Ca$h onto their cards ($1.50 per wash; $1.50 per dry). 
  • Carroll Ca$h may be used in any vending machine on campus. 
  • Carroll Ca$h is accepted at several on-campus food locations:
    • VerdeCoffeeShop,located inthe CampusCenter
    • AuBonPain, located in Frontier Hall

* NOTE: Money loaded onto summer guest cards cannot be refunded, so only add what you need. 

If you experience any issues with your summer guest card, stop by the Campus Center Information Desk. 
T-Shirts for Sale!

T-Shirt and Water Bottle sales are one way we promote WAS in the home communities, and among the friends and acquaintances of our delegates. Cost is very reasonable (and has not gone up in 8 years!).

Water Bottles are $2.00 each.
T-shirts are $15 each or $25 for 2 (bring a friend/save a buck!).

Be sure to consider buying one!

Small Group Schedule

To be determined. Please check back later!

Open Recreation Activities

Each night, a different variety of open recreation activities will be announced.

Basketballs, volleyballs, Frisbees, and other equipment may be checked out at the Campus Center Information Desk. Please organize yourselves for larger group activities before requesting equipment. You will be required to leave your room key in order to check out equipment.

Rotary Presence & Support

Rotary International and Rotary District 6270 (the district that covers southeast Wisconsin) are the reason the World Affairs Seminar exists. We invite them to “audit” as many sessions as they wish to. Also, at noon Thursday, June 27th, there will be a Rotary Meeting in the Campus Center. Rotarians will eat lunch in the cafeteria with the delegates, then head to board room (2nd floor) for their meeting. We expect a number of Rotarians to stay around to attend the Capstone presentation at 1:30 through the rest of the afternoon.

Take-Out Food

Delegates are allowed to order food from outside vendors until 11:30 p.m. Before ordering, inform your counselor or dorm leader. After 11:30, no more orders may be placed. We will work with restaurants in the area to let them know our policy. The delegates are not allowed to leave the building. The delivery people will meet them in the foyer. 

  • Place all take-out orders by 11:30 p.m.
  • Do not go outside to meet the delivery person. They will come to you in the foyer. They are not allowed to go beyond the foyer.
  • Remember to tip the delivery driver. A generally acceptable tip is about 15 percent of the total bill. As the week goes on, drivers will become frustrated and unwilling to deliver if they are not tipped accordingly.

Addresses for residence halls:


Sexual Harassment, Bullying and Related Issues

World Affairs Seminar does not tolerate any type of harassment or bullying. We deal with these issues as soon as they become a problem to ensure the an open, safe environment for all staff and delegates. If a harassment or bullying issue comes up, notify a counselor or other staff, such as Ben, Mike or Tom as soon as possible. Senior Staff may also be contacted to assist in dealing with an issue. 

The first thing you can do is reach out to Ben and/or Tom: 

  • Ben Wallschlaeger: (262) 844-8483, benwallschlaeger@gmail.com
  • Tom Plantenberg: (414) 379-8020, tplanten@worldaffairsseminar.org

At times, the issue may present a teachable moment for the delegates. Ben or Tom may ask Dr. Carriere or a Senior Staff counselor to be involved. 

Talent Show

On Wednesday evening, you (the delegate) will have the opportunity to showcase your unique talents or abilities! Maybe it’s dancing, singing, or reading poetry; maybe it’s something else that you bring from your community or culture. Auditions will be held earlier in the week to screen those who are interested in participating – this isn’t a formal audition, but moreso to ensure that all acts are appropriate. While you are not required to participate in an act, all delegates are required to attend the show.


This year we will be hosting A Global Night of Music, a dance for the delegates to enjoy your last night at World Affairs Seminar. Many delegates dress in semi-formal clothing for the dance, however casual ware is also welcomed.

NOTEName tags are required during the duration of the dance, even if they don’t go with your outfit or take away from your stylish dance moves. This is for your safety and protection.

While participation in the dance is not mandatory, all delegates are required to be present within the Campus Center until the dance is over at 11:15PM, when delegates will be released back to their respective residence halls in time for the 11:30PM Floor Meetings. Alternative activities (such as crafts and board games) will be made available during the dance for those who do not wish to participate in the dance itself.

World Affairs Seminar 2020 Hunger in a World of Plenty

Join us next year for World Affairs Seminar 2020: Hunger in a World of Plenty.

June 20-26, 2020

After a prolonged decline, world hunger is on the rise: in 2016 an estimated 815 million around the world did not have access to enough food to meet basic nutritional needs. Hunger is particularly a problem in the developing world, where violent conflicts, economic crises, and weather-related catastrophes have wreaked havoc on both food production and availability. Yet hunger is also an issue in the United States, where 1 in 6 Americans find themselves dealing with food insecurity on any given day. Such global statistics are not due to lack of food. For the past twenty years, the rate of global food production has increased faster than the rate of global population growth. That means that there is more than 1 ½ times enough food to feed everyone on the globe. How can hunger continue to persist in such a world of plenty?

Click Here for more information.

Check-Out Procedure
  • You must be checked out of your room by 10:00 AM
  • Trash – Empty wastebaskets and recycling into appropriate dumpsters. Make sure to have a counselor inspect your room.
  • Linens – Turn in all Carroll University provided linens and towels to Carroll staff in your dorm’s lobby.
  • Clean room – We expect you to leave your room in the condition that you found it in when you checked in. Vacuums will be available.
  • Personal belongings – Make sure to double check all dresser drawers and under your bed for any of your personal belongings. Every year we find numerous personal items after guests have checked out. These are costly to return at your expense.
  • Windows – Close all windows in your room.
  • Check out – A Counselor will verify your room is in order and all linens are there/ not damaged.
  • Door – make sure to close and lock your door.
  • Key and Badge Holder – Return your (empty) plastic badge holder and room key to the lobby of your hall. A staff member will be available to accept them so that you are properly credited.
  • Replacement fee for missing keys is $200.00
Rotary District 6270 with Rotary Wheel

A Rotary District 6270 Initiative

World Affairs Seminar
10600 W. Mitchell Street
West Allis, Wisconsin 53214

Privacy Policy:

The World Affairs Seminar does not share or sell personal information about students or sponsors with any other organization except as authorized by signed release. This includes personal, health, financial, or other information. Information you post on public websites and other accessible media is your responsibility.

Refund Policy:

To receive credit after payment has been made, students, sponsors must notify the World Affairs Seminar in writing that their delegate is unable to attend, or if the sponsor is unable to fill a paid for space at the Seminar. (e-mail is considered "in writing" for these purposes as long as the e-mail is acknowledged as having been received.) Full credit applies if notification is received by April 1; 50% credit if application is cancelled between April 1 but prior to May 21; no credit is available if application is cancelled after May 21, unless extraordinary circumstances such as illness, death exist. All cancellation credits are subject to $75.00 processing fee and must be used within one calendar year. Note: in agreeing to attend WAS, parents and students promise to reimburse their sponsor for the full amount of any loss due to cancellation. WAS offices: (414) 453-4984, or contact@worldaffairsseminar.org.

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