Virtual Workshop for K-12 Educators

Climate Optimism – Finding Creative Solutions and Making Positive Impacts

Friday, June 28, 2024, 9 AM-4 PM CDT

This workshop is designed to provide educators with new ideas and approaches to teaching topics around climate change, enabling a more optimistic discussion to emerge within the classroom. Learn more and register here!

Registration fee $10 to help cover shipping costs for books and workshop materials

About Us

The Wisconsin International Resource Consortium (WIRC) is a collaboration among the nine UW-Madison Area Studies Centers with the mission to provide internationally themed outreach programming, resources, and support to K-14 teachers and students, Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), and Community Colleges. 

WIRC efforts and initiatives are an extension of the Global Wisconsin Idea. See all 9 consortium members below.

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African Studies Program

Center for East Asian Studies

European Studies

Institute for Regional and International Studies National Resource Center (IRIS NRC)

Outreach Coordinator: Essie Lenchner


IRIS Outreach Programs



Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program

Middle East Studies Program

Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia

Center for South Asia

Center for Southeast Asian Studies

WIRC Co-Chairs

Essie Lenchner

Position title: WIRC Chair and IRIS NRC Assistant Director


Andrea Fowler

Position title: WIRC Chair and CSA Assistant Director