Colorado students tackle global gender gap issue at World Affairs Challenge

March 04, 2015

Students from across the region to participate in 24th annual event hosted by Regis University

Students from across Colorado and around the world will convene this month and next to share innovative solutions to the global gender gap issue at the World Affairs Challenge (WAC), hosted at Regis University. WAC brings together high school students Saturday, March 7, and middle school students Saturday, April 11, to collaborate on solutions to this complex international problem.

Students were tasked with selecting a particular country or region of the world to examine, and research how the multiple dimensions of gender disparity make an impact. For months, teams have worked to develop solutions to the gender gap issue, gaining support and insight from Colorado-based nonprofits along the way. Regis students have mentored each team, assisting in forming solutions along with reference librarians at Denver Public Library locations around the city.

“The World Affairs Challenge presents an innovative way for youth to begin grasping complex international issues by exploring perspectives and working collaboratively,” said Dan Wessner, Regis University professor and organizer of the challenge. “This year we have the added benefit of connecting with schools in Cambodia, Nepal, Pakistan, Kenya, Brazil and Tanzania thanks to live streaming capabilities.”

On March 7 and April 11, teams will meet at 9 a.m. in St. Peter S. Claver, S.J., Hall on Regis’ Northwest Denver campus, kicking off the day with a music-making session featuring Jamie “Johnny 5” Laurie from Denver band the Flobots before presenting their research and solutions to judges. A collaborative problem-solving activity using critical thinking and communication skills caps off the afternoon before a closing ceremony where teams are recognized for their work. Additional music, art and yoga sessions are peppered throughout the day. A full list of event details can be found at worldaffairschallenge.org/event-details.

Begun by Dr. Josef Korbel at the University of Denver, Regis University has facilitated WAC events for the past three years. Program sponsors include Regis University, the El Pomar Foundation, Jeppesen and the Posner Center for International Development. 

Participating Schools and Districts:

Adams 12 Five Star Schools

Boulder Valley School District

Cherry Creek School District

Colorado Springs School District 11

Colorado Springs School District 12

Denver Public Schools

Douglas County School District

Harrison School District Two

Jefferson County School District

Mackintosh Academy

Mullen High School

Poudre Valley School District

Regis Jesuit High School

Ricks Center for Gifted Children at the University of Denver

Roaring Fork School District

The Pembroke Hill School

West Grand School District

Nonprofit Partners:

access.mobile

AfricAid

Africa Development Promise

Catapult Design

Children’s Future International

Edge of Seven

Facing History and Ourselves

Friends of ENCA Farm

Hope Shines

iDE

IEEE Smart Village

Restoration Project International

Regis University’s Institute on the Common Good

SOUL Foundation

Technology Partners