Founded in 1969, the World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads is one of nearly 100 chapters of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA). A 501(c)3 non-profit, non-partisan, educational organization, the Council is dedicated to promoting an understanding of global issues through education and public discussion, believing that a well-informed public is essential for the conduct of foreign policy to a democracy. Based on this belief, the attendance of high school students and full-time college students is subsidized at the majority of Council programs.
To educate our community to become well-informed and engaged citizens about critical international issues as they affect the world, nation, and the local region and thus prepare Hampton Roads citizens to thrive in an increasingly complex and challenging world.
Commitment to our members and our community in fulfilling our mission to the best of our ability.
Stewardship of resources from members, sponsors, donors, and grant-giving organizations.
Respect towards each other and the community.
Recognition that tolerance is a virtue that makes peace possible.
- To bring world leaders to the Hampton Roads region to facilitate both a public awareness and discussion of key international issues as well as to raise the profile of Hampton Roads among national and international policy makers.
-To provide reasonably priced, quality educational programming and events to the public, including discounted and free events for students, active-duty military, and educators.
-To expand our strong outreach program to high school, college students, and educators in order to engage them in international topics and develop their interests and involvement in world affairs.
To be the leading nonpartisan, nonprofit, globally-focused educational organization for the general public in the Greater Hampton Roads region of Virginia.