World Learning Launches Global Advisory Council

World Learning today launched its 35-member Global Advisory Council to support its mission of empowering a new generation of global citizens to build peace, prosperity, inclusion and responsive institutions through international development, education and exchanges. The Global Advisory Council brings together leaders from the arenas of development, education, government, civil society, business, foundations and international organizations from more than a dozen countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas (read more about them). This high-powered group will help further the organization’s mission to build leadership around the world and to confront critical global challenges.

“The Global Advisory Council permits World Learning to draw on the talents and expertise of some of the world’s most innovative and creative thinkers and doers,” said Donald Steinberg, president and CEO. “These individuals represent top level institutions working hard to address issues such as global education, women’s empowerment, ethnic and religious tolerance, LGBT rights, disability rights and other serious requirements for democracy, rule of law, and prosperity. Together with our dedicated Board of Trustees, we are well-positioned to expand our global impact.”

Council members will participate in strategic conversations about how to increase World Learning’s global impact, serve as good-will ambassadors, provide advice on strategic initiatives, and promote partnerships with governments, corporations, foundations, academic institutions and civil society organizations around the world.

Council member Antonio Flores, president and CEO of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), said, “World Learning and HACU share common goals of inclusion and diversity in education, as well as of educational opportunity for all in international programs. The Council provides the opportunity to promote a robust and long-lasting cooperative relationship in this pursuit.”

Another council member, Dr. Al-Nasir Bellah I. Al-Nasiry, who is a resident at Sulaymaniyah Teaching Hospital in Iraq and youth rights activist, added, “The formation of this Council of international experts and advocates brings us a step closer to fulfilling our dreams of helping youth all over the world to be empowered and to have their full say in defending their rights.”

For more than eight decades, World Learning has advanced international progress and understanding, and now operates in over 60 countries to advance development, education and exchanges. World Learning’s signature programs include the Experiment in International Living, SIT Study Abroad, the SIT Graduate Institute, the International Honors Program, leadership and educational exchanges, and dozens of projects to build individual, community, and institutional capacity around the world.

Posted by: on September 2, 2014