Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

The Wisconsin World Affairs Council (dba World Affairs Seminar) is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Recently published updates are included below.

WAS 2020 has gone virtual – Join us this June!

WAS 2020 has gone virtual – Join us this June!

The 2020 World Affairs Seminar theme is Hunger in a World of Plenty. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s seminar will be offered virtually. We expect those who attend include delegates from over thirty nations.  Each delegate will have her or his own story and perspective. By the end of the seminar, each delegate will know the stories of others and will have gained skills to help them shape the world they will inherit.

The 2020 virtual World Affairs Seminar will include:

  • An international diplomacy exercise based on food chain issues;
  • Virtual field trips to a variety of food production facilities;
  • Engaging dialogue around the topics of:
    • Food chains and food insecurity,
    • Hunger at home and abroad,
    • Rethinking world food production and distribution systems
  • Keynote presentations from:
    • Dr. Kelly Ottman, Milwaukee School of Engineering (Milwaukee, WI)
    • Neal Patel , Amazon (Seattle, WA)
    • Eilish Zembilci, Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington, DC)
    • Representatives from Rotary International
    • …and more!

We thank you for your understanding and support.

Yours in Rotary Service,

Thomas Plantenberg, Executive Director
World Affairs Seminar
contact@worldaffairsseminar.org
10600 W. Mitchell Street
West Allis, Wisconsin 53214
Mobile: 414-379-8020
Fax: 414-431-0588

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June 22-25

EXTENDED Registration now available online until June 17, 2020.

New this year, participants can now easily register online!

  • Visit https://WorldAffairsSeminar.org/Register to complete digital registration or print registration forms for later.
  • Registration Fee is $260.00 USD per participant.
    • Scholarships available!
  • U.S. and international high school students between 15-18 years of age.
  • Registration includes complimentary “audit” of the seminar for parents and/or sponsoring organizations.
  • Participants must have access to a personal computer, phone or tablet for significant portions of the day with broadband internet access enabling receipt of video presentations as well as interactive video conference calls.
  • Deadline to register is June 17, 2020. Don’t delay!

A Message to Delegates & Parents

..PUBLISHED APRIL 09, 2020.

Dear 2020 Delegates and Parents,

We have been hard at work preparing for the 2020 World Affairs Seminar: Hunger in a World of Plenty. To those who have already submitted their applications, welcome and congratulations on your selection to participate in year’s seminar! The World Affairs Seminar (WAS) is a Rotary International Youth program of District 6270.  WAS has provided a unique experience in international relations, leadership training and group dynamics for nearly 45 years.

The coronavirus pandemic has made it necessary for leadership of the World Affairs Seminar to revise our 2020 offering, keeping in mind the health, wellness and safety of delegates and staff. The 2020 World Affairs Seminar will be conducted in a revised, virtual format. We have decided to forego our usual venue of Carroll University, in Waukesha, Wis., due to health and safety concerns.  Instead, delegates will participate utilizing remote access via personal computer, phone or tablet. This format eliminates travel, group meals and housing.

Seminar Dates: Monday, June 22nd – Thursday, June 25th, 2020.
Seminar Times: Midmorning – Midafternoon (Central Standard Time, CST) daily.
Delivery Method: Virtual Conference.

Your participation in the 2020 virtual World Affairs Seminar includes:
  • Digital access to all live & prerecorded keynote lectures, break-out speakers, and small-group discussions for the duration of the seminar.
  • Access to a procured digital library of academic resources related to the theme of the seminar during and following the seminar.
  • Participation in virtual field trips and other academic or extra-curricular activities made available during the seminar.
  • Inclusion in an online forum, for academic interaction, reflection and discussions during the seminar.
  • Virtual access to World Affairs Seminar academic staff and team of counselors.
  • Access to all other seminar materials and experiences, digital or otherwise.
  • Opportunities for your sponsoring organization to audit the virtual seminar.

In order to participate, delegates must provide their own electronic device with internet connectivity. For everybody’s safety and security, all materials, including lectures, chat rooms and discussion boards will require login permissions, which will be provided to you in June.

Please do not make arrangements to travel to Carroll University (Waukesha, Wis.) to attend the seminar.  Your attendance can be conducted from your home or another safe place!

Deleagtes should email us to confirm attendance in this year’s virtual seminar.

While we have proactively communicated these changes with your sponsor, participant’s should also work with parents and sponsors to ensure your ability to participate in this year’s virtual program. Be sure to check out our website, https://worldaffairsseminar.org/ for more information. Please contact us by email at contact@worldaffairsseminar.org if you have any questions. We would love to hear from you!

We look forward to working with you in the coming weeks. We hope you are as excited as we are about this year’s “virtual” World Affairs Seminar!

 

Warm regards,

The World Affairs Seminar Leadership & Staff

A Statement Regarding the 2020 Seminar

PUBLISHED APRIL 02, 2020.

To our colleagues and supporters,

The threat of the Coronavirus Pandemic has made it necessary for leadership of the World Affairs Seminar to revise our 2020 offering.  This decision has been made with an abundance of caution, and with emphasis on the health, wellness and safety of delegates and staff.  In doing so we endeavor to adhere to the highest Rotary principles of fairness, and the best interest of all who will be affected.

The 2020 World Affairs Seminar will be conducted in a revised, virtual format.  As such we have decided to forego our usual venue of Carroll University, in Waukesha, Wis., due to health and safety concerns.  Instead, delegates will participate utilizing remote access via personal computer, phone or other electronic device.  This format will allow group training and communication without exposure to any communicable disease.  It will also eliminate travel, group meals and housing.

As with past Seminars, small groups will be formed and facilitated by discussion group leaders, and opportunities to interact will be provided.  The Seminar will also feature Internationally renowned Keynote and Breakout speakers as well as virtual field trips and our concluding capstone element.  Whenever possible, Q & A opportunities will be provided.  But all will be done in a virtual setting.

We plan to resume our normal venue in 2021.

Due to these changes, the registration fee to participate in the virtual 2020 World Affairs Seminar is set at $260.00 USD per delegate.

Registration to the 2020 virtual World Affairs Seminar includes:
  • Digital access to all live & prerecorded keynote lectures, break-out speakers, and small-group discussions for the duration of the seminar.
  • Access to a procured digital library of academic resources related to the theme of the seminar during and following the seminar.
  • Participation in virtual field trips and other academic or extra-curricular activities made available during the seminar.
  • Inclusion in an online forum, for academic interaction, reflection and discussions during the seminar.
  • Virtual access to World Affairs Seminar academic staff and team of counselors.
  • Access to all other seminar materials and experiences, digital or otherwise.
  • Opportunities for the payor(s) and representative(s) of the sponsoring organization to audit the virtual seminar (may view lectures and events but may not participate in Q&A or discussions).

Registration to the 2020 virtual World Affairs Seminar does not include access to the internet or a personal electronic device, such as a computer/laptop, tablet or cell phone. Delegates must have access to an electronic device with internet connectivity in order to participate

We encourage everyone who has already registered for WAS 2020 to take advantage of this opportunity to participate. Sponsors who have already paid tuition for the 2020 seminar prior to the COVID-19 outbreak will be offered the following options:

  1. Transfer pre-paid tuition dollars, in whole or in part, to registrations for the 2020 virtual World Affairs Seminar at the above rate
  2. Bank the remaining funds, if any, in whole or in part, as credits for the 2021 World Affairs Seminar
  3. Donate the remaining dollars, if any, in whole or in part, to support the WAS mission and programs in this time of great need.
  4. Refunds, if necessary, will be handled as fairly and prudently as possible. Any remaining dollars will be refunded to the original payor (some transactional fees may be incurred in accordance with the Refund Policy listed on the World Affairs Seminar website).

World Affairs Seminar is making a reasonable attempt to contact sponsors/payors. If the World Affairs Seminar does not receive a decision from sponsors/payors in writing May 1st, the pre-paid registration dollars will, by default, be banked as credits for the 2021 seminar, not to exceed one year.

The World Affairs Seminar (WAS) is a Rotary International Youth program of District 6270.  WAS has provided a unique experience in international relations, leadership training and group dynamics for nearly 45 years.

The Board of Directors and Staff of the World Affairs Seminar deeply appreciate your understanding and support during this difficult time. Please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail, we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Continued program-related updates will be shared at https://worldaffairsseminar.org/coronavirus-updates/ . Please feel free to contact us via email at contact@worldaffairsseminar.org with any questions or concerns that you may have. Note that our office phone may not be monitored and voicemail service is not available at this time.

We thank you in advance for your understanding and support.

Yours in Rotary Service,

Tamie Koop, Chair
World Affairs Seminar Board

Thomas Plantenberg, Executive Director
World Affairs Seminar

A Message from WAS Regarding COVID-19

PUBLISHED MARCH 23, 2020.

To our colleagues and supporters,

This is to bring you up to date on this year’s World Affairs Seminar. As you know, the situation is changing rapidly as new information is made available about COVID 19

We have been in close contact with Carroll University and we are closely following state, national and international events as they unfold. It is our deep commitment to protect student and staff safety in ways which are reasonable and fair to everyone involved. To that end we have put together a team consisting of staff and board members to explore issues and to develop solutions.

At this time we have not made any firm decisions regarding the World Affairs Seminar event. We are, however, exploring a number of options. One option is offering an Online or Virtual Seminar. We are fortunate to have the talent and skills needed to make this happen. We are also discussing fiscal issues including the obligations we have to sponsors, and ways in which we can ensure WAS has the wherewithal to survive this most recent challenge.

Continued program-related updates will be shared at https://worldaffairsseminar.org/coronavirus-updates/ . Please feel free to contact us via email at contact@worldaffairsseminar.org with any questions or concerns that you may have. Note that our office phone may not be monitored and voicemail service is not available at this time.

We thank you in advance for your understanding and support.

Yours in Rotary Service,

Tamie Koop, Chair
World Affairs Seminar Board

Thomas Plantenberg, Executive Director
World Affairs Seminar

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

PUBLISHED MARCH 12, 2020.

The Wisconsin World Affairs Council (dba World Affairs Seminar) is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Our staff and board of directors are staying abreast of recommendations made by government and public health agencies, including the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the US State Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and our local public health departments.  We are also coordinating all decisions with the staff at Carroll University.

We are committed to prompt and accurate communications with program participants, parents, sponsors and other partners regarding the developing situation. At this time, no schedule changes for the 2020 World Affairs Seminar have been made. As the seminar is scheduled for June 20-26, 2020, we will continue to monitor the situation in the coming weeks and months, working closely with our camp operator and host, Carroll University, in order to make an informed decision going forward.

Continued program-related updates will be shared at https://worldaffairsseminar.org/coronavirus/ . 

For more information about the 2019 novel coronavirus, please visit the following websites:

Our primary goal is to keep our participants, parents, sponsors and other partners safe and informed. Anyone with a respiratory or other health condition should take all necessary precautions and seek medical advice from their family practitioner and/or another medical professional. 

Because this situation is evolving daily, these guidelines are subject to change as emerging events warrant. Our leadership team will monitor conditions regularly and make adjustments to this summer’s program as needed with the well-being of our participants top of mind, and we will communicate those changes to everybody involved.

Any questions should be sent to contact@worldaffairsseminar.org.

We thank you in advance for your understanding and support.

A Rotary District 6270 Initiative

World Affairs Seminar
10600 W. Mitchell Street
West Allis, Wisconsin 53214
414-453-4984

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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