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  • Monday, February 22, 2021 8:30 AM | *World Affairs Council Tacoma (Administrator)

    A seminar exploring the economic impacts of international students on the U.S. economy is being sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Tacoma (WACT) at 4 p.m. (PST) on March 4.

    The online program, the first in the WACT’s Global Impact virtual series of events, features Mary Karam McKey from the Institute of International Education (IIE). Leading a portfolio of more than 40 private sector-funded global education and training programs, McKey has 20 years of experience in the field of international education and exchange with a focus on strategic program design and implementation in collaboration with leading foundations. 

    According to the IIE, international students studying in the U.S. contribute about $45 billion to the nation’s economy annually, creating an estimated 450,000 jobs, and comprise about 6% of the total U.S. student population. 

    As an example, the University of Washington currently has about 8,300 students enrolled on student “F visas”, with an estimated 1,300 more in temporary employment programs related to their fields of study. The students come from 123 countries and contribute $185 million in revenue to the UW, according to a statement issued last July by UW President Ana Mari Cauce. More than three-fourths of the school’s international students come from China, India, Taiwan and Korea. 

    The March 4 program by the WACT is entitled: International Students: Diversity and Dollars that Fuel the US Economy”. Participants will have a chance to learn more about the economic impact of international students on state and local economies via the Zoom videoconference platform and engage in discussion. 

    Register here for the Zoom information.

  • Thursday, October 29, 2020 4:58 AM | *World Affairs Council Tacoma (Administrator)

    Thanks to all who attended our first livestreamed virtual event, Germany After 30 Years of Reunification: Challenges at the End of the Merkel Chancellorship. If you missed it, you can watch the event in full on our YouTube Channel. Make sure to like and subscribe to keep up with future livestreams. Thanks!

  • Tuesday, September 15, 2020 7:27 AM | *World Affairs Council Tacoma (Administrator)

    American Diplomacy is a free, non-partisan, non-profit publication which has focused on foreign policy and the practice of diplomacy since its creation in 1996 by a group of retired Foreign Service Officers in collaboration with the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  In addition to analysis and commentary, the journal includes the insider stories of diplomacy practitioners who served at U.S. missions across the world. 

    Check out the journal online here. Articles are available without a paywall.

  • Friday, May 08, 2020 12:01 PM | *World Affairs Council Tacoma (Administrator)

    World Trade Center Tacoma is hosting an online Zoom webinar on May 13 about business opportunities in Vietnam. WACT board member Mike Fowler will host an interactive panel discussion with live Q&A from participants giving Tacoma a unique look into the Vietnamese business world.

    Find more information and sign up for the webinar here.

  • Tuesday, April 14, 2020 5:30 PM | *World Affairs Council Tacoma (Administrator)

    Board Member Michael Fowler sat in as a panelist in the first Columbia Bank Going Global Series program on Covid-19 response and the China-US trade relationship, moderated by former WACT board member Clare Petrich.

    Topics covered included:

    • Where the US-China trade relationship is headed and why it matters to all of us, and especially to small- and medium-size enterprises (SME)
    • The impact of the Trade War and COVID-19 on our ports and how we are managing it
    • First-hand accounts of two Tacoma SMEs on how they are dealing with the substantial changes brought about by Trade War and COVID-19
    You can view a replay of the zoom conference call for this event here.


  • Monday, April 13, 2020 8:55 PM | *World Affairs Council Tacoma (Administrator)
    Governor Jay Inslee appointed former WACT Board Member Helen Whitener to the Washington State Supreme Court. Read more here.
  • Tuesday, February 25, 2020 8:34 AM | *World Affairs Council Tacoma (Administrator)

    The World Trade Center Tacoma's annual flagship event, The Globe Awards, has been scheduled for February the 27th from 5:00-7:00 pm.

    This event recognizes companies excelling in international trade and trade promotion and acknowledges the importance of trade to the Washington State economy.

    An award will be presented to an organization exemplifying the mission of the WTC Tacoma. Find more information here.


  • Sunday, February 09, 2020 1:40 PM | *World Affairs Council Tacoma (Administrator)

    On what will be the 135th anniversary of the shameful "Tacoma Method", the Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation and University of Puget Sound will hold a presentation and community dialogue featuring Beth Lew-Williams, History Professor at Princeton University. There will also be remarks from representatives of the City of Tacoma and Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation President and WAC Tacoma board member, Theresa Pan Hosley.

    The event is held on February 20 (Thursday), from 5:00 to 6:30 pm at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma.

    Click here for more information and directions.

  • Tuesday, October 01, 2019 3:05 PM | *World Affairs Council Tacoma (Administrator)

    WACT Board Member and Pierce County Superior Court Judge Helen Whitener recently received the Justice Charles Z. Smith Excellence in Diversity Award 2019 at the WA State Bar Association APEX Awards.

  • Monday, September 30, 2019 3:55 PM | *World Affairs Council Tacoma (Administrator)

    WACT Board Member and President of the Chinese Reconciliation Park Foundation, Theresa Pan Hosley, presided over this year’s successful Moon Festival on September 21 at the Chinese Reconciliation Park.

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