Connecting Wisconsin and the world since 1960

For over half a century, the Institute of World Affairs has offered a wide array of programming to help people explore connections between their lives and the world around them. In addition to being the outreach arm of UWM’s Center for International Education, the institute also serves as the Wisconsin affiliate of the World Affairs Councils of America.

Through public lectures, broadcast and web-based media, hands-on workshops and a variety of other global learning opportunities, IWA serves a diverse cross-section of our community, including the university students, faculty and staff, K-12 students and educators, and globally-engaged members of the general public.

Campus & Community Programs

Through both live presentations and broadcast and digital media, these programs help UWM and members of our wider community stay engaged with global issues that impact their lives.

International Focus, Fireside Forum, Kennan Lectures

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Educator Programs

Professional development and support for K-12 educators to build global awareness and bring global perspectives to the classroom.

Global-to-Local Service-Learning, Professional Development Opportunities, Curricular Resources

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Student Programs

Simulations, workshops,and conferences for students of all ages to engage in global awareness and perspectives and build college and career skills for a globally competitive world.

Wisconsin High School Model United Nations (WHSMUN), Global Action Through Engagement (GATE), Volunteer Opportunities

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Support the Institute of World Affairs

Join a network of donors and supporters in helping us provide engaging and informative programs for the public, campus, and K-12 students and educators.

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