2021 Summer Global Leadership Seminar

The Council has concluded the 2021 Summer Global Leadership Seminar! Thank you to all the students, presenters, expert speakers and journalists for a fascinating week of programming!

We invite you to explore the virtual program book and program resources page if you are interested in this program topic. 

If you have any follow-up questions regarding this program, please contact Eric Bumbaca, Director of Student Programs at ebumbaca@wacphila.org or 215-561-4700 ext. 216

Monday, July 12th – Friday, July 16th, 2021


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-state 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.

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We are excited to announce that with generous support from the Satell Institute and its Business Members, we were able to offer the 2021 Summer Global Leadership Seminar free of charge (valued at $275 per participant). Scholarship recipients had to attend all scheduled sessions, participate in all scheduled activities, and complete the program’s culminating, final day project to keep their scholarship status in good standing. 

About the "Beyond Our Borders" Series

This program is part of new programming for the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, the “Beyond Our Borders” series. The Council is offering programming across its activities—speaker events, student programs, and travel (with the objective of hosting a tour in March 2022, due to COVID precautions)—to provide its members and the Greater Philadelphia community a deeper understanding of Chilean culture, politics, cuisine, and its role in the world at large.

The Council is focusing on Chile for the launch of this program series because of the robust and long-standing international relationship between the country and Philadelphia.  In addition to our relationship, which supports thousands of jobs, there is a multi-year initiative to increase tech industry relationships and business development.

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