The Maura O’Donnell-McCarthy Center for Global Understanding


The Maura O’Donnell-McCarthy Center for Global Understanding hosts two education initiatives, Bridges to the World professional development program for educators and Global Competency Training. Both programs serve to cultivate a region of globally-minded citizens and to promote greater global understanding.

The Center has been named after CCWA’s former CEO, Maura O’Donnell-McCarthy, who recently passed away. Maura dedicated her career to inspiring engagement in international affairs and world cultures. To continue Maura’s legacy, the Council has named the new Center for Global Understanding after her.

For more information about the Center, please contact Elizabeth Coerdt, Manager of Global Education, at or (216) 255-9002.

Bridges to the World

Professional development programs to train and support educators in teaching globally-oriented concepts and current events in their classrooms. Bridges to the World is a series of interactive workshops that examine the key elements of global education and explore a multitude of resources for educators to foster global competence in their classrooms.

Bridges to the World | Click here to learn more about this program.

Global Competency Training

This training program offers organizations opportunities to improve their employees’ global competencies. This training improves participants’ intercultural communication and skills that will help them work better with partners of different cultural backgrounds. Program participants will become globally competent citizens who can successfully do business in an international or culturally diverse setting.

Global Competency Training | Click here to learn more about this program.

Junior World Affairs Councils

Junior World Affairs Councils inspire students to explore world affairs, and engage students in discussions on global topics of international importance. CCWA offers materials, resources and activities for the Junior Councils. They can be experiences as an extracurricular/student led activity, or in a classroom setting.

Junior World Affairs Councils | Click here to learn more about this program.

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