We turn strangers into friends, youth into leaders, mentors into learners, and opinions into questions.


The world is more connected than ever before. At the same time, fear and misunderstanding continue to cause harm—in our own region and across the globe. But we believe there are solutions.

We believe that deeper global understanding is essential to a more peaceful world.
We believe that cross-cultural learning propels us towards a more innovative future.
We believe that Oregon can be the hub where world-changing connections begin and thrive!


Our mission is to broaden and deepen public awareness and understanding of international affairs, engaging Oregonians with the world—and with each other. It’s our calling to cultivate global citizens, creating bridge-building experiences for youth and adults. Our programs turn strangers into friends, youth into leaders, mentors into learners, and opinions into questions.


The World Affairs Council of Oregon was founded in 1950 when an informal group of Reed College professors and friends came together to discuss international issues. After World War II, isolationist sentiments were taking hold across the United States. The group wanted to preserve a platform for deeper understanding of world affairs. They worked to ensure that Oregonians resisted isolationist trends, providing resources for internationally-focused engagement for youth and adults in our region.

Under the leadership of Dr. Frank Munk, in 1953 the World Affairs Council of Oregon officially received its 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. We joined the World Affairs Council of America network of over 90 nonprofit, nonpartisan councils focused on public programs and education located in 40 states. We also joined the Global Ties U.S. network of about 90 community-based members focused on hosting international visitors in 43 states. We are the only such member of either network serving the State of Oregon. 


Now you can just call us WorldOregon! In 2017, we decided to update our name and our look—simplifying, modernizing, and focusing on what we do best. We are still part of the nationwide network of World Affairs Councils of America—so members like you can enjoy benefits and access to resources from D.C. to Seattle and many cities in between! 


Our programs keep you connected to the people, ideas, and issues that are shaping our global future! 

Global Conversations
International Visitors
Global Classroom
Young Professionals


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“Oregon is better because of the dialogue sparked by WorldOregon programs—and my life is enriched by the knowledge and friendships I've gained by being a member. WorldOregon gives me hope for our global future!” - Yassi Irajpanah, Member & Supporter