Welcome to the 2022 World Affairs Seminar: Reimagining Global Health and Wellness: Contagious Ideas. We are glad to have you join us either in-person or virtually this year! This digital guidebook will be your manual leading up to and during your week with us in June. Be sure to carefully preview as much information as you can before the seminar so that you know what to expect during our week together. If you have questions at any time, please contact us at email@example.com.
Welcome Letter from our Leadership
We’re elated to welcome you back in person to the World Affairs Seminar for the first time since 2019! Our theme this year, “Reimagining Global Health and Wellness: Contagious Ideas,” speaks to the myriad challenges – and opportunities – posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Like other organizations worldwide, we made the pandemic pivot the past two years by going virtual. This year’s edition marks the first time we’re conducting the Seminar in a hybrid format, both in person again and virtually. For those of you joining us at Carroll University, welcome back! We are also happy to be joined by a variety of virtual delegates from around the world. For both groups of delegates, we have gone to great lengths to make sure the week ahead is among the most amazing experiences in your life to date. As a Student Delegate, you are one of over 30,000 individuals from more than fifty nations who share the experience of participating in the World Affairs Seminar (WAS) since our founding in 1977. Although some of you will not share in the face-to-face interactions that marked Seminars past (and present), we trust the new friends you make and the shared discussions and activities of WAS 2022 you participate in will remain with you and change your life.
The value of the World Affairs Seminar can be immeasurable – but it will only benefit you if you participate fully. The fact that some of you are doing this remotely adds to your personal challenge. As you experience and learn, savor the opportunity to meet new people. Be bold – share your ideas and open yourself to challenge. Absorb, learn, and grow in the process. When the Seminar is over, we hope you will do two things. First, take time to reflect on what you have learned; not just about health and wellness, which is simply a learning platform. Take time to reflect on how you have grown as an individual who is ready and capable. Second, please share your experience with others so they too can become part of WAS. Tell your friends and classmates. If you were sponsored by a Rotary Club or other organization, offer to make a presentation so they can see the full value of the investment they made in your future. Join the WAS Delegate Alumni Group after you leave. Stay in touch, not only with the WAS organization, but with all of the new friends you have made.
Finally, we thank our retired Executive Director, Tom Plantenberg, for his steady hand at the helm of the good ship WAS these past 13 years. We like to say that WAS is modest in size, yet mighty in impact. Tom was key to making that happen.
Have a great time and thanks for being part of the World Affairs Seminar!
Francis X. Vogel
Michael Carriere, PhD
On-Site Office Telephone
DURING the seminar, if you need to contact us via telephone, please call the following phone number:
Carroll University WAS Office Phone: 262-951-3208
This phone number will be monitored as follows:
- Friday, June 17th: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM CDT
- Saturday, June 18th: 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM CDT
- Sunday, June 19th: 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM CDT
- Monday, June 20th: 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM CDT
- Tuesday, June 21st: 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM CDT
- Wednesday, June 22nd: 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM CDT
- Thursday, June 23rd: 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM CDT
- Friday, June 24th: 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT
If nobody answers, hang up and try again. Alternatively, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org any time.
The primary WAS office line will be forwarded to our on-site staff members.
Greetings Delegate. Congratulations on your selection to attend the 2022 World Affairs Seminar. Below is important information about what to bring with you, and some warnings about your 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.
More About Our 2022 Theme
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to newfound attention on matters related to global health and wellness. This contagious virus had a profound impact on the lives of people around the world, while simultaneously upending existing social, political, and economic systems within – and among – such nations. Media outlets struggled to make sense of the event, as disinformation and outright conspiracy theories provided comfort for many in the face of the unthinkable. Health care systems in numerous countries were stretched to their breaking point, as medical officials battled heroically to contain a threat that cared little about individual identity or international borders. Political leaders struggled to maintain order as the pandemic ushered in a vast financial crisis. It was a moment that we will never forget.
Yet if the pandemic was a moment of crisis, it was also a moment of opportunity. The 2022 World Affairs Seminar, “Reimagining Global Health and Wellness: Contagious Ideas,” suggests that the pandemic highlighted the need for new ideas in light of the systemic breakdowns that marked the worldwide spread of COVID-19. The pandemic offered a moment to think anew about both individual and collective health and wellness, of how we respond to things like viruses and their impact on global society. Such a reimagining of global health and wellness obviously has implications for the ways we approach medical treatment. But, in addition to its impact on the practice of health care, this act of reimagination may also lead to a rethinking of how we learn about, and communicate, such urgent health-related matters. It may even lead to new ideas on economics, politics, and global development.
The COVID-19 pandemic proved the power of a contagion. It is now time for the spread of something more positive: “Contagious Ideas” that showcase humanity’s resiliency and ability to learn from the past.
At the 2022 seminar, you will…
- Look at the timely and important topics of global health and wellness from a variety of perspectives.
- Work with delegates from around the world to define issues and problem areas within these topics.
- Take field trips to see how both organizations and individuals are addressing issues of global health and wellness.
- Discover what you can do to make your environment and the world a better place.
- Explore how technology and new opportunities come together as the world adjusts to the problems of the present – and the needs of the future.
- Study the impact of race, class, and gender on global health and wellness.
- Examine the evolving relationship between climate change and global health and wellness.
Dear Delegates and Parents,
On Saturday, June 18th, you will embark on a unique adventure at the 2022 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 18th, 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 Campus Center to begin checking in.
- 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 upon departure on the final day of the seminar.
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.
Our WAS office phone number at Carroll University is 262-951-3208. Our regular office number will only be checked once or twice each day. Please share this with your families.
Departure is Friday, June 24th, 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 our staff. It’s going to be a great week!
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 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.
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.
Virtual Attendee Information
Most academic sessions will be offered synchronously via the webconferencing platform Zoom. All Zoom links and credentials will be listed on the published agenda and shared with virtual delegates prior to the start of the seminar.
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Do I need a webcam?
You will need consistent access to a computer, tablet or another mobile device with internet connectivity. Most interactive sessions will take place on the video-conferencing platform Zoom. A web-camera and microphone are highly recommended, although not required. Alternatively, you can use your phone to call into each Zoom meeting.
Joining a Zoom Meeting
Before joining a Zoom meeting on a computer or mobile device, you can download the Zoom app from Zoom’s Download Center. Otherwise, you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click a join link.
You can also join a test meeting to familiarize yourself with Zoom.
Joining by Phone
To join a session by telephone, you can dial the provided call-in number.
United States: +1 312 626 6799
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Check the daily agenda for the session’s Meeting ID and passcode, when prompted on the phone call.
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.
COVID-19 Protocols (Updated 6/12/22)
The World Affairs Seminar (WAS) deeply values the health and safety of every delegate, counselor, staff member, and guest that attends our 2022 seminar. To best protect all participants, and in accord with Carroll University’s current COVID-19 related policies, WAS has adopted the following protocols for the in-person component of our upcoming program, scheduled for June 18-24, 2022. We respectfully expect all participants (defined as any overnight delegates, counselors, staff members, and chaperones) to adhere to these policies when attending our in-person seminar.
In summary, the World Affairs Seminar COVID-19 policy and protocol states:
- Participants are encouraged (but not required) to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, however COVID-19 vaccination records will not be collected by WAS staff;
- Proof of negative PCR test results are no longer required by WAS, in accordance with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;
- Face coverings/masks are optional (but not required);
- Participants experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or who have had recent exposure with a person known to have COVID-19 prior to arrival should not travel to campus; and,
- Participants that develop and COVID-19 symptoms while on campus should immediately report to the WAS camp office to check in with nursing staff.
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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.
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.
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!).
T-shirts are $15 each or $25 for 2 (bring a friend/save a buck!).
Be sure to consider buying one!
Small Group Schedule
Small Group Assignments
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Nightly Floor Meetings, Curfew & Lights Out
Every night of the seminar, floor meetings will occur in the dorms (Steele & Swarthout) at 10:30 PM to take attendance and go over announcements. Attendance at meetings are MANDATORY for all in-person delegates. All delegates should head toward their dorm before floor meetings to arrive on time.
- For Steele Hall (men & open housing), you will meet in the 1st floor lobby.
- For Swarthout Hall (women & open housing), you will meet in the hallway of your assigned floor.
After floor meetings, delegates will have until 12:00 midnight to socialize on their floors and in the lobby. Delegates may gather co-ed together in the 1st floor main lobby accompanied by counselor(s). Delegates are prohibited from entering a residence hall that they are not assigned to (no Steele residence in Swarthout, no Swarthout residence in Steele). At midnight, all delegates must go to their assigned floors. By 12:30 AM, all delegates must be in their assigned room for quiet time and lights out. No delegates will be permitted outside of their rooms between 12:30 AM and 6:00 AM except to use the bathroom on their assigned floor, or emergencies – NO EXCEPTIONS.
On Tuesday, June 21, in-person delegates will have the opportunity to go on one of three field trips. Field trip selection will take place a day or two prior to field trip day. Selections include:
Hundred Acre Urban Farm
Lake Park and Lake Michigan
Lindsay Heights neighborhood
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.
Sponsors, Rotarians and other guests have been invited complimentary to audit the seminar. We are pleased to be able to offer this to our supporters and value their attendance.
Keeping in mind that this is a delegate-centered program (for high school students), we encourage guests to attend our sessions but refrain from participating in discussion, forums, question-and-answer and other interactive sessions.
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 11:15 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:
- Steele Hall: 221 North East Avenue
- Swarthout Hall: 221 North East Avenue
We will be recording all keynote speakers, breakout speakers and a selection of other sessions throughout the seminar. These recordings can be found following the session in our Virtual Resource Library and on our YouTube channel. If you missed a session or want to hear something again, be sure to check for these recordings.
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. Senior Staff may also be contacted to assist in dealing with an issue.
The first thing you can do is reach out to one of the following individuals:
Netiquette (Online Etiquette)
Netiquette, a social code that defines “good” online behavior is something to keep in mind while participating virtually. On an online platform that includes written and verbal discussions, it is especially important to do this effectively. Follow the guidelines below to leave your mark as a knowledgeable, respectful and polite student who is also positioned to succeed professionally.
- Do: Use proper language, grammar and spelling. Be explanatory and justify your opinions. Credit the ideas of others through citing and linking to scholarly resources.
- Avoid: Misinforming others when you may not know the answer. If you are guessing about something, clearly state that you do not know the answer.
- Do: Respect privacy, diversity and opinions of others. Communicate tactfully and base disagreements on scholarly ideas or research evidence.
- Avoid: Sharing another person’s professional or personal information.
- Do: Represent yourself well at all times. Be truthful, accurate and run a final spell check. Limit the use of slang and emoticons.
- Avoid: Using profanity or participating in hostile interactions.
- Do: Address others by name or appropriate title and be mindful of your tone. Treat people as if you were in a face-to-face situation.
- Avoid: Using sarcasm, being rude or writing in all capital letters. Written words can be easily misinterpreted as they lack nonverbals.
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.
NOTE: Name 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 11:00PM, 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.
- 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
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