2021 Summer Global Leadership Seminar

Monday, July 12 – Friday, July 16, 2021

More information on the 2021 Summer Global Leadership Seminar, including a resource guide,  will be posted here in the coming weeks. 

If you have  questions regarding this program, please reach out to Eric Bumbaca, Director of Student Programs, at ebumbaca@wacphila.org

The 2021 Summer Global Leadership Seminar, entitled Global Governance, Citizen Activism, and Constitution Building, is a weeklong seminar for high school students interested in domestic affairs, international relations and global politics. This intensive academic experience will give student participants an opportunity to analyze, study and investigate the form and function of various governments throughout the world. Students will explore topics in government action and accountability from a local, national, and international perspective. Guest speakers and lecturers will provide students with historical, philosophical, and contemporary views of authority, sovereignty and accountability. Through lectures and presentations, expert guest speakers representing university professors, local political leaders, activists, and changemakers will seek to provide nuance and understanding to local governments, and the interactions between political leaders and both the domestic and international community. 

Throughout the weeklong program, staff will engage students in activities that will allow students to explore the underpinnings of national governments. Fundamental to this exploration will be an analysis of the proposed rewriting of the Chilean constitution, and a related learning activity. Using the knowledge and experience derived from our Chilean case-study, students will be asked to write, amend and ultimately vote on the formation of a constitutional framework for a model-nation on the seminar’s fifth and final day.  In addition, students will have the opportunity to synthesize all that they have learned over the course of the week through culminating final presentations.

Through these activities, lectures, and debates, students will grow a deeper understanding of the role of governments in local and national society, as well as a greater understanding of the constitutional underpinnings of modern society. Using this knowledge, students will be equipped with a better understanding of local, national, and global politics. Additionally, students are provided with opportunities to cross collaborate with like minded peers, discuss and debate diverse viewpoints and opinions, and hone critical research and public speaking skills. Student participants who attend all of the sessions and participate in the seminar receive an official Certificate of Completion issued by the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia upon completion of the program.

Space is limited for this program, so please register soon! 

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and in consideration of the health of our staff and students, this program is scheduled for a virtual format. In consideration of health and safety protocols, there may be opportunity for a limited number of students to participate in a hybrid format. More information to come. 

Need more information? Questions? Please reach out directly to Eric Bumbaca, Director of Student Programs, at ebumbaca@wacphila.org

Register Here!

Register here for the 2021 Summer Global Leadership Seminar! Please note that students register for this program individually.