The Maura O’Donnell-McCarthy Center for Global Understanding


The Maura O’Donnell-McCarthy Center for Global Understanding hosts ongoing professional learning and global education initiatives. The aim of these programs is to cultivate a region of globally-minded citizens and to promote greater global understanding.

The Center is named after CCWA’s former CEO, Maura O’Donnell-McCarthy, who passed away in July 2018. Maura was passionate about global education, and she dedicated her career to inspiring engagement in international affairs and world cultures. The Center continues Maura’s legacy.

Bridges to the World

These professional development programs 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 international resources for educators to foster global competence in their classrooms. Click here to learn more about this program.

Cleveland LEADS

This 8-week course is designed for young professionals aged 20-35 to explore their own leadership style and how they can become more globally-minded leaders through three program pillars: leadership development, global competency, and international exchange. Click here to learn more about this program.

Global Guides

Global Guides engage students in discussions on global topics of international importance. CCWA offers thoughtfully curated materials, resources and activities, which can be experienced as a student-led initiative, or in a classroom setting. Click here to learn more about this program.

Global Competency Training

This training program helps participants understand fundamental concepts to better interact and work with individuals from different cultural backgrounds. Tailored to specific needs, the program can offer organizations opportunities to improve their employees’ global competencies to successfully do business in an international or culturally diverse setting. Click here to learn more about this program.

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

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