World Affairs Seminar 2022

Reimagining Global Health and Wellness: Contagious Ideas
Saturday, June 18 – Friday, June 24, 2022
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Reimagining Global Health and Wellness

Contagious Ideas

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.      

About the Seminar

At the 2022 seminar, we expect attendees from over thirty nations. Each delegate will have her or his own story and viewpoint, contributing to conversations about urban life from a variety of social, economic, political and cultural perspectives. By the time the Seminar is over, each delegate will not only know the stories of others and shared their own but will have gained skills to help them reimagine the world they will inherit.

The World Affairs Seminar is truly an international experience. WAS brings together peers from around the world to learn international relations and develop skills in diplomacy, communication and cooperation. Since 1976 WAS has impacted and changed lives, providing highly relevant skills in group problem solving, negotiation and peaceful diplomacy. Featured speakers represent a wide variety of perspectives, opinions and backgrounds. We believe every point of view matter – we embrace and mandate heathy respectful debate leading to collaborative learning and growth. Your role is to distill information, identify priorities and develop defining skills to both lead and cooperate with others from different cultures to reach workable solutions.

Be a Delegate!

US & international High School Students between the ages of 15-18 years of age

The World Affairs Seminar (WAS) is a unique interactive educational program for high school students. Since WAS first accepted students in 1977, over 30,000 future world leaders have participated. Registration is now closed.

Be a Counselor!

College-aged students & other community leaders

World Affairs Seminar Staff Counselors and Nurses are highly valued and the backbone of the WAS seminar experience. Our staff counselors come from a variety of backgrounds including teachers, college students, past participants, and more.

Become a Sponsor!

Inspire a future leader

There are many ways to give to our program. Anybody can support WAS, including Rotary Clubs, other service organizations, schools, parents, and even grandparents. Your gift can go a long way to inspire your high school student Click the link below for our various sponsorship opportunities.

Traditional Experience

Virtual Experience

New to WAS!

Two options to attend.

For most, the preferred experience will be Traditional (In-Person) attendance. Delegates will gather on-campus at Carroll University (Waukesha, Wisconsin) to learn, interact and exchange knowledge and culture.

We continue to monitor local and regional trends of COVID-19 transmission to ensure the health and safety of all participants. We will follow best-practices based on Carroll University and county guidelines at the time of the seminar.

For some, the Virtual Experience offers online participation at a reduced cost. Virtual sessions allow participants to tune in remotely from wherever they may be around the globe.

Interested in attending the 2022 World Affairs Seminar?

If you wish to attend, start by showing this information to your parents, a teacher, guidance counselor or principal. Let them know you are interested.

  • Cost is less than most sports or music camps.
  • Scholarships may be available through your local School District, Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, Optimist Clubs or other service organizations.
  • When asking for a scholarship, offer to make a presentation about your experiences.

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.

Why Should You Attend?

Prepare yourself for an adventure that will broaden your understanding of international happenings and change your perspective.  The World Affairs Seminar (WAS) brings you face to face with other students, experts, and leaders from the world over.  You will engage in stimulating discussion of world affairs. You’ll interact with experienced professionals—from government, business, and academia.  You will leave with strong bonds and lifelong friends.

Experience the diversity of global political, social and religious traditions. Share your ideas, make new friends, accept the challenge to find out more. Learn to explore and appreciate other points of view. Gain a better understanding of the world around you and where you fit in shaping the future.

At World Affairs Seminar, the goal is to open minds rather than advocate a specific viewpoint. While you are with us, we consider you a “delegate”. Your opinions count – and so do those of others.  It is up to you to decide what messages are credible and to evaluate  and understand of how different people think about global issues and why. You will discuss, add to and exchange ideas about issues.  You will formulate and express your thoughts, hear what others think, and find shared ground. Your leadership and negotiation skills will grow through training sessions and conversation with peers, presenters and counselors.

“WAS is an amazing experience that shouldn’t be passed up, even when online. The connections you make with people from around the world can broaden your point of view and see the world more complexly. The professionalism and friendliness of everyone is a testament to the goodness of this program. It is an amazing blend of camaraderie and education.”

Ben Thom

WAS 2020, Wisconsin, USA

WAS 2022 Pricing & Fees

Discounts may apply (scroll down for details)

Seminar Discounts

  • Early Bird Discount: If fee is paid by March 14, 2022 (EXTENDED!):
    • $50 discount per traditional/in-person delegate
    • $25 discount per virtual/online delegate
  • Group Discount: Support of four (4) or more delegates get an additional discount per delegate
    • $50 discount per traditional/in-person delegate
    • $25 discount per virtual/online delegate
  • Additional Scholarships & Discounts may apply. Contact the World Affairs Seminar office to inquire about details and availability.

All discounts & scholarships may be combined to increase savings. 


  • Early Bird Registration has been EXTENDED through March 14, 2022 (originally February 28).
  • General Registration Deadline has been EXTENDED through June 2, 2022: Payment and Student Applications Due (originally May 20)

The 2022 World Affairs Seminar will be hosted in-person at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin AND virtually via an online collaboration software.

100 N. East Avenue
Waukesha, WI 53186

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Carroll University (Waukesha, Wisconsin)

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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

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