World Affairs Council of Western Michigan

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The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan (WACWM) empowers the people and organizations of West Michigan to engage thoughtfully with the world. WACWM does this with the help of 50 regional businesses, 11 colleges and universities, and many community partners. Together, we seek to provide programming that is credible, objective, relevant, civil, and compelling. To change the world, we believe, one must first know the world. You can learn more about what we do at

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World Affairs Council of Western Michigan
1700 Fulton Street East
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
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Staff/Contact Information

Michael Van Denend, Executive Director, Email

Erica Kubik, Director of Programming, Email

Dixie Anderson, Executive Director Emeritus, Email

Upcoming Events

June 3 | Fighting Global Corruption

The cost of corruption globally is high, not just monetarily but socially as well. Corruption erodes public trust, undermines rule of law, degrades public services, and creates opportunities for crime including trafficking. 

Join us for a conversation with Alex Covington on efforts by the U.S. State Department to tackle global corruption and how these efforts protect U.S. interests and citizens domestically and abroad.

Alex Covington is the Special Advisor for Anticorruption and Open Government at the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL).  Located within the Office of Multilateral and Global Affairs, he is responsible for developing and implementing policy initiatives that support civil society, media, and governments in combatting corruption and making government more open and accessible.  Alex represents with Department within the Open Government Partnership and, separately, spearheaded DRL’s flagship anticorruption initiative, the Global Anticorruption Consortium, a multilaterally funded program that brings investigative journalists and activists together to more effectively press for and facilitate accountability.  Prior to joining the Department, Alex served at Freedom House in Washington, D.C and Mexico City, and at the Organization of American States, where he supported electoral observation.  He holds an MA in Policy Management from the Georgetown McCourt School and a BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.    

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL): DRL promotes freedom, protects human rights, and advances transparent and accountable governance worldwide as a means of preventing and combating corruption. DRL leads U.S. government engagement in the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and provides assistance to civil society organizations fighting corruption. Read more about DRL. 

This program is part of outreach by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Public Liaison, which connects the Department’s foreign policy experts with domestic audiences across the country to facilitate dialogue on foreign policy priorities and the importance of diplomacy.

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