Our Goal: To increase global competence and understanding through education, collaboration, and thought leadership

The Global Fluency Institute is the national brand of the Columbus Council on World Affairs, non-partisan, non-profit organization founded in 1975 focused on connecting world affairs with the Central Ohio community and beyond. 

Trade. Security. Environment. Health. Population. From Columbus to Beijing to Kandahar, these issues have no borders. Global matters impact us locally. Local matters impact the world. The Global Fluency Institute delivers outstanding programs on the world's most pressing issues, helping you thrive in our global environment.


Our Team

Who We Are


Patrick Terrien

President & CEO

Hannah Meyer

Vice President

Jessica Flowers

Director of Education

Jeffrey Jackson

Communications & Grants Manager

Kendra Polito

Year 3 Global Scholars Advisor

Afnan Salem

Program Coordinator

Diane Flick

Experiential Learning Coordinator

Fatuma Kadir

Program Coordinator 

Emily Mowery

Administrative & Office Assistant
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Global competency courses and educational tracks
for High School students