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A Letter from our President and CEO

Greetings World Travelers & Wannabees!

Congratulations again to the 2023 Academic WorldQuest winning team of Cedar Cliff High. They represented us well in Washington at the national conference.  And they even got a VIP tour of the Capitol, thanks to the kind staff of U.S. Sen. Bob Casey.

Students Rory Gannon, Caleb Masshardt, Rayna Johnson and Jackson Kane, and teacher Ms. Angela Kamps made the most of the Washington DC stay, also enjoying the hospitality of the United States Institute of Peace, where the national competition was held. Among the speakers at the event was Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States Oksana Markarova, who spoke of her country’s struggle against Russia.  

Academic WorldQuest is just one of the ways we support the dreams of our youth to step into the world and make their mark. This summer, we are welcoming both high school and college students for the annual summer internship and enrichment program where they will get an immersion in international affairs, government, media, politics, public health, the arts and more.  If you know a young leader interested in joining our summer internship program, we would welcome their application. They also can email us at It’s a summer they’ll never forget!

Joyce M. Davis

Cedar Cliff students touring the U.S. Capitol

Upcoming Events!


Event Sponsors:

Announcing 2023 Torch Awards

6:30 p.m. May 15th

Reception, Mental Health: Youth forum (above) and Awards Presentation

Harrisburg University Auditorium

Calling All College & High School Students!

Submit your application for the Summer 2023 Program!

Interns enjoying lunch with Harrisburg Mayor Wanda Williams.

Interns visiting the Susquehanna Museum of Art


The World Affairs Council of Harrisburg continues its exploration of international travel, looking at the island of Aruba in a Facebook Live event slated for 3 p.m. Sunday, May 21, 2023.  Join us!

And if you missed them, check out our Travel Live PA streams on Facebook!


WACH partnered with the Pennsylvania Council of Churches for the “Summit on Policing!”

Council President Dr. Joyce M. Davis (right) moderated the event that featured Paul Butler (left), author of “Chokehold: Policing Black Men;” Chad Dion Lassiter, Executive Director of Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission; and The Rev. Dr. Larry Pickers, Pennsylvania Council of Churches.

The event was held at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Harrisburg.

Watch HERE:

International Women’s Conference

We thank Chad Dion Lassiter, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, for his support of the 2023 International Women’s Conference. Lassiter served as keynote and the PHRC helped to ensure every women who wanted to attend could do so. We also thank the many women from diverse cultures who participated in the international fashion show. We plan to do it every year!

Thanks to Power Women Entrepreneurs for Honoring WACH President Dr. Joyce M. Davis at its 5th Anniversary Celebration!

WACH President Joyce M. Davis received an award for her volunteer service to the community, WACH Board Member Kalpana Dopplapudi and the ladies of Power Women Entreprenuers had the award sent from Washington D.C and signed by President Joe Biden.  Thank you, Power Women Entrepreneurs!

WACH President Joyce Davis with her husband, Pastor Russell Goodman at the Power Women 5th Anniversary Dinner last month.

2023 Great Decisions Enlightened Our Community!

On Tuesday, April 4, we wrapped up our Great Decisions series at the Fredricksen Library. We had many engaging conversations and a great turn out! Many thanks to all of guest speakers and attendees for making these events such a success.

Here’s a link to the recent event:

Dr. Mehdi Noorbaksh and Joyce Davis discuss developments in Iran!

Thanks to Our Sponsors

PA Council on the Arts

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