2020 Summer Global Leadership Seminar

Registration for this program is now closed. If you are interested in participating, please reach out directly to Eric Bumbaca, Director of Student Programs, at ebumbaca@wacphila.org

The 2020 Summer Global Leadership Seminar, entitled Election 2020: U.S. Foreign Policy and America's Role in the World is a week-long summer institute open to all rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.  This year’s seminar will seek to advance students’ understanding of several critical global challenges facing the winner of the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

Through nonpartisan guest lectures, interactive workshops, and a half-day crisis simulation, students will discuss issues central to our national interest and explore topics related to America's role in a changing world.  Topics will include ongoing trade tensions, U.S. relations with the Middle East, and key national security challenges. Additionally, on the Seminar’s fifth-day, students will participate in a full-day field trip to Washington, D.C. that will offer students the exciting opportunity to meet with and hear from key U.S. diplomats, as well as officials from some of the world’s leading international organizations working on the frontlines to shape U.S. foreign policy both now and in the foreseeable future.

Resources now available!
Using the links on the right side of this page, please take a minute to explore our list of program resources. These include, General Program Resources, which includes interesting articles and videos as primer's for each program day, our Crisis Simulation Briefing Paper, Program Book, and Debate Outline. 

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and in consideration of the health of our staff and students, we have decided to run this program in a virtual format. In consideration of students learn-from-home needs, we have also updated our program agenda to be friendlier to a virtual experience.  More information will be posted here in the coming weeks.

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

Program Agenda

Click to take a look at a brief agenda for the seminar, including topics for guest lectures, student activities, debate topic, and an overview of the week's crisis simulation.

July 13th - 17th, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia