Community Resources

World Affairs Council of Charlotte

The World Affairs Council of Charlotte (WACC) was founded in 1983 as a community outreach initiative of the Office of International Programs at UNC Charlotte. In 1999, WACC became an independent 501 (c) 3, non-partisan organization; however, its headquarters remains housed within the Office of International Programs on the UNC Charlotte campus. WACC continues to provide support to the UNC Charlotte community by inviting prominent speakers to address important international and global affairs content to our students, faculty and staff. These speakers include current and former U.S. and foreign ambassadors, economists, authors and other thought leaders who are engaged in important global discourse and who provide our students with a firsthand perspective of the importance of our world’s interconnectedness.

The WACC also supports our area’s K-12 educators by awarding Council Scholar Award Program funds. These awards offer financial support for international travel experiences to teachers who intend to better infuse international content into their curricula. In addition, WACC hosts annually UNC Charlotte interns who are considering a career in international relations. UNC Charlotte serves as one of WACC’s primary sponsors and is a partner in community education on global affairs. The Charlotte Council is a member of the World Affairs Council of America and focuses on improving international education and encouraging citizens to participate in the national debate on world affairs.