High School & College Education Programs

Are you a global citizen...?
High school and college students gather with our 2017 Gala speaker, Nick Burns.
CIR's 2017-18 high school intern, Ali Caraveo of Capital High.
Students Theo Goujon and Sadie Webb (of Santa Fe High) with City Councilor Peter Ives.
Teacher of the Year, Christopher Eadie, receiving his award at the 2017 Gala.
Listening to formal policy options at the Middle East Symposium.
The team from the MASTERS Program thinks about an AWQ question...
Concentration during April 2017's Middle East Symposium.
Students discuss during the Middle East Symposium in April 2017.
The 2017 AWQ winning team from Las Cruces contemplates their answer.
Students discuss during March 2017's Academic WorldQuest.
Determination during April 2017's Middle East Symposium from an Iraqi participant.

Upcoming Calendar of Education Events

ACADEMIC WORLDQUEST: Congratulations to ASK Academy, this year’s winners. See this article in the Santa Fe New Mexican on this year’s excellent contest, which was proudly sponsored by Meow Wolf, Galpert/Ortega Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, New Mexico Bank & Trust, and Joy & Art McHaffie.

PNM is a proud supporter of this year’s policy simulation.

Saturday, April 28th: The Global Citizen Summit!!!! St John’s College. All information right here.

Friday, May 4th: Internship Application Deadline. More information here.

Spring, 2018: Focus Groups with high school and college classrooms to shape CIR’s Future Media and Democracy event in autumn 2018.

Thursday, May 31st 2018: 2018 CIR High School Fellow Application Deadline. More information here.

Overview of CIR’s High School and College Education Programs 2017-18

Contestants at 2017’s Academic WorldQuest

CIR seeks to create empowered, empathetic, and engaged young leaders. CIR believes a student-centered approach to education enables students to take a leadership role in their current and future education. We regularly welcome interns from colleges and high schools in pursuit of this. This year’s programs include:

1. Annual Policy Simulation. Building on the successes of CIR’s Human Rights Day (December 10, 2016) and the Middle East Symposium (April, 2017), this year PNM has sponsored CIR to develop a simulation on global energyA natural disaster has completely decimated the energy infrastructure of the developing country you live in. The World Bank is offering your country a one-time $10 billion grant to rebuild your energy portfolio. But how will you invest those funds? How will you influence others to vote with you? How will you all come together to decide? More information here and the application can be downloaded here.

2. Global Citizen Summit. On April 28th, 2018 at St John’s College, we invite students from across NM to join us in celebrating our global identities. How are you a global citizen? How do you connect with people and cultures around the world? What are your responsibilities to the planet? What social injustices do you address? We’ll celebrate the global identity we all now carry – through dance, music, fine art, photography, short stories, poems, essays, public speaking, and sculpture… There will be cash prizes, food from around the world, slam poetry, and a headline music act from West Africa. Sound interesting? Mark your calendars, get going on your submissions, and find more information here.

3. Academic WorldQuest. CIR is thrilled to offer, for the third year running, the popular Academic WorldQuest (AWQ) competition, a program of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA). We are holding the local competition on March 1st, 2018 at the Santa Fe Community College. Want to participate? Each team is comprised of 4 students (with 1-2 alternates) and 1 teacher. You will need to RSVP by February 23, 2018 to participate in this year’s competition. More information here.

4. The CIR High School Fellowship Award. This provides a high school student in the public system with the opportunity to learn from the foremost international relations organization in Santa Fe. Through a tailored approach to meet the needs of each fellow, CIR support an outstanding student to explore specific academic, professional, and individual goals. The fellowship will provide opportunities to network and form relationships with leaders in the field, learn research and professional skills, gain leadership skills, develop cultural competencies, engage with international visitors, explore future educational possibilities, and acquire internship skills in a nonprofit environment—with the explicit goals of expanding horizons and opening possibilities. For more information on the program and to apply for the 2018-19 school year, click here.

5. CIR Internships. Due to high demand, for the 2018 summer and the 2018-19 school year, CIR will offer 3 internship opportunities for high school students in a competitive process. More information and the intern application form here.

6. Just Add Water. CIR is currently in discussions to house this nonprofit that teaches students all about global water issues. If the students can collectively pass a test, they each win an outstanding water bottle that holds both cold and hot liquids. More details coming soon, but we will likely have a Water Intern over 2o18-19 to lead this.

7. Meet the Speaker. CIR will continue to create intimate events for high school students to interact with CIR’s world-class speakers. In some cases, CIR will bring the speaker directly to high schools; in others, the students will sit with the speaker for 45 minutes in advance of his/her talk. CIR believes these kinds of exchanges are of crucial value in advancing intellectual inquiry among students, in receiving feedback on research projects, and in shaping future educational and career-oriented decision-making.

8. Focus Groups. Over the spring of 2018, CIR will convene several focus groups to understand how the next generation uses, creates, and responds to media; we’ll use the findings to help shape our planned Future Media and Democracy event in the autumn of 2018. If you or your class would like to participate, contact Sandy. CIR is also working in partnership with  Talking Eyes Media and Generation Human Rights to develop HEARD! Conversations between Rural and Urban Classrooms, a ten-week, media-based curriculum that will help students in grades 9-12 deepen their understanding of our most pressing issues and broaden their ability to empathize—to walk in someone else’s shoes.