Protect Exchanges – Support Diplomacy

Dear WAC Friends:

International exchange programs have always received bi-partisan support in Congress. However, the White House’s newly released FY2018 budget calls for an unprecedented cut of 28 percent to the Department of State. While we don’t know by what amount, it is clear that the administration will soon propose steep cuts to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). If enacted into law, these cuts would greatly harm our nation’s public diplomacy efforts and, ultimately, our national security and economy.

As a nonpartisan organization, the World Affairs Council of Kentucky & Southern Indiana was founded on international exchanges over 30 years ago. We believe that by offering our communities an opportunity to interact with people from around the world, each of us can play an integral part in promoting peace and mutual understanding. Over these three decades, we have hosted thousands of delegates from every corner of the globe, connecting them with countless organizations, businesses and people in the region, from Louisville to Hazard to Bowling Green to Paducah, as well as Southern Indiana, and the many towns in between. The proposed cut would directly affect our mission and the services that we provide to our community and the region.

We need your support now more than ever. Congressman Hank Johnson is collecting signatures on a letter to the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations in support of exchange program funding. This letter calls for the highest possible funding level for exchange programs in FY2018. The deadline for members of Congress to join the “Dear Colleague” letter is Wednesday, March 22.

The Alliance for International Exchange has organized a letter-writing campaign that makes it very easy for you to write your representative. Click here to access a pre-written letter that you can customize if you would like. It only takes a minute or two to send this letter to your representative in Congress.…

Adding your voice to this effort will truly make a difference. Thank you for taking action today.


Xiao Yin Zhao

Executive Director
World Affairs Council of Kentucky & Southern Indiana

WAC is hiring a part-time Marketing, Communications and Events Coordinator!

Position Description
Job Title: Marketing, Communications and Events Coordinator
Program: Across programs
Positions Type: Hourly to start; 30 hrs/week, $13/hr
Supervisor: Executive Director

Position Summary
The Marketing, Communications and Events Coordinator will coordinate the implementation of
communications and marketing efforts across all programs of the organization. The Coordinator
will take the lead on event logistics, maintain accurate donor/member management database,
and manage the design and brand consistency of communication across platforms, including
website, social media and print.
Role: Marketing, Communications and Events Coordinator
 Write, submit and follow-up to ensure placement on press releases and stories to
established contacts with local and regional media
 Coordinate and maintain all graphic design/key documents including one-pagers, annual
reports, posters, signage, flyers and brochures
 Create communication campaigns that connect and engage the public
 Coordinate website and social media updates, design and content
 Cultivate and expand membership development and fulfillment
 Actively participate on committees as necessary and appropriate
 Plan, implement and follow-up for all special events
 Coordinate event logistics, publicity, including public relations, advertising and collateral
material design, production and distribution
 Supervise and coordinate with event contractors
 Assist the Executive Director and board committees in other fundraising programs as
Key Competencies
 Excellent writing skills, including attention to spelling and grammar
 Excellent time management with strong attention to details
 Comfortable with website management
 Familiarity with a variety of online marketing, social media and donor management
tools, such as Mailchimp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or comparable platforms
 Excellent verbal communication and emotional intelligence
 Strong people and partnership development skills
 Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
 Concise reporting skills
Experience and Attributes
 Bachelor’s degree, or two-year Associate Degree with at least two years’ professional
work experience
 Entrepreneurial and with initiative to help identify and develop new opportunities
 Capacity to be flexible and undertake the range of duties efficiently in a variety of
contexts and times
 Empathy when dealing with people from diverse cultural, linguistic, religious and
socioeconomic backgrounds
 Flexibility to work during off hours for events as scheduled
 Driver’s license & own car for regular errands and meetings
About the WAC:
The World Affairs Council of Kentucky & Southern Indiana (WAC) is a non-profit member-based
organization whose mission is to promote cross-cultural awareness, education and tolerance
through nonpartisan and quality programming on current international issues for the state of
Kentucky and Southern Indiana. As a member of the World Affairs Councils of America, the WAC
seeks to engage diplomats and experts across diverse fields to inform, stimulate and connect our
community to the most pressing international issues of the day and prospects for the future.
Through our Speaker Series, International Visitor Exchange programs, Education and other Special
Events, WAC offer our community the chance to hear directly from prominent world leaders and
experts on a variety of global concerns.
If interested, please send resume to [email protected]

Marketing, Communications and Events Coordinator Job Announcement

2016 Hershberg Scholarship Recipients

  World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana
Announces the 2016 Winners of the David Hershberg Scholarship


Louisville, KY. (March 29, 2016) – The World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana (WAC) is pleased to announce the winners of the annual David Hershberg Scholarship for Study Abroad. The winners, who each will receive $2000, were selected based on their commitment to enhancing their knowledge of international affairs and for their dedication to making the world a better place. The scholarship monies will be used to help defray the costs of their respective study abroad programs.

This year’s award winners are:

Alice Kennedy, a University of Louisville student who is earning her master’s degree in Public Health. Alice wants to peruse a career in the international monitoring and evaluation of Public Heath Systems. Alice will use her funds this summer to research and gather information on the public health systems in Ghana.

Amos Izerimana, a student from Berea College who is majoring in Peace and Social Justice Studies. Amos wants to pursue a career in Peace Studies helping refugees. Amos will use his scholarship to further his understanding of peace building strategies at the prestigious Caux Scholars Program in Caux, Switzerland this summer.

The David Hershberg Scholarship for Study Abroad was established in the memory of David Hershberg, a Louisville educator, mentor, and guiding force in the creation and development of the Louisville International Cultural Center (now the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana). Dr. Hershberg was a career faculty member in Romance Languages at the University of Louisville, and was particularly known for his dedication to his students and their development.

The World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana is a non-profit member-based organization whose mission is to promote cross-cultural awareness, education and tolerance through nonpartisan discussions on current international issues. Through our speaker series, international visitors program and education-centered opportunities, WAC provides the community with the tools and knowledge to develop an informed citizenry and increase the global competency of students, educators and professionals.