About VCWA

Our Mission

The mission of the Vermont Council on World Affairs is to promote awareness and understanding of the world and its people, places and cultures through education and engagement.

The future of Vermont depends upon the world beyond our borders.  The Vermont Council on World Affairs, in cooperation with the public and private sectors,  promotes an awareness and understanding of the world and its people through public forums, hosting international visitors and working with our business community and educational institutions to develop programs for students, faculty, staff and community.

Our History

"I love Vermont because it was there I was born and . . . prepared . . . to humbly serve in the greatest cause mankind has ever known -- in the relations of nations, to hasten the day when 'men shall beat their swords into plowshares' and live in security and peace."

                 --------- Warren Austin (1877 - 1962)

The Vermont Council on World Affairs (VCWA) was founded in 1952 by U.S. Senator Warren R. Austin and a group of other distinguished Vermonters. For more than 60 years and through a changing world, the VCWA has worked to promote awareness and understanding of world affairs among Vermonters through educational programs, presentations and hosting delegates from around the world. The VCWA gratefully acknowledges support from its many community sponsors, from the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, the Community Connections program of USAID, and the Open World Program of the United StatesCongress.

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