Letter from the President & CEO

June 25, 2019

By: Patrick M. Terrien

The Columbus Council on World Affairs always looks forward to our largest annual event of the year, the International Awards Ceremony. This year’s event took place on May 17 and was, in my opinion, one of the most inspiring yet.  

Not only did we hear from more than 15 graduating Global Scholars Diploma students, representing more than 200 total graduates from each of their school districts and, presenting their “take action” projects, ranging from integrating a recycling program in their school, implementing solar panels on the roof of their school, to a firm plan for better supporting and encouraging woman in STEM fields.

In addition to our 2019 graduating Global Scholars Diploma cohort, we also were thrilled to honor one of Columbus’s most international companies, CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society. With more than 50 languages spoken by scientists at its facilities here in Columbus, it’s clear that the world is significantly represented at CAS and their collection of work impacts scientific research and discoveries all around the world. Science is global, language is global, and Columbus is global.

Our emcee, Angela An, from CBS 10 News, led an inspirational program from opening to end. Her presence and deep passion for all things “global” (having shared her personal global story) was contagious.

For those of you that were able to make it to this year’s International Awards Ceremony, thank you. We appreciate your support and your recognition of the importance of global, and understanding that it’s all around us, will continue to be, and has significant impacts on our own community. And, for those of you who were unable to make it for one reason or another, you can see the full ceremony here: CCWA 2019 International Awards Ceremony.  

Thank you, as always, for your support of the Columbus Council on World Affairs. We’ll hope to see you soon!

Patrick M. Terrien
President & CEO