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

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.


To perform all of our functions and activities in adherence with our core values: 

  • Everything we do is of the highest integrity and quality
  • Our programming seeks objectivity and balance while embracing the the world's diverse viewpoints and perspectives
  • Our community's diversity is a precious resource, community partnerships and collaboration are crucial
  • We operate with fiscal responsibility and accountability


The Council is a non-partisan, non-profit organization founded in 1975 by twelve forward-thinking individuals representing a cross-section of our community: business, academic and civic.


The Council is funded entirely through contributions from individuals and corporations and does not receive any public funding. The Council's annual budget is approximately $750,000.
Our Staff

Who We Are

Patrick Terrien

President & CEO

Hannah Meyer

Vice President

Bushra Sandhu

Development Director

Jeffrey Jackson

Communications Manager

Jessica Flowers

Program Manager

Kendra Polito

Year 3 Global Scholars Advisor

Afnan Salem

Program Coordinator

Diane Flick

Experiential Learning Coordinator

Fatima Kadir

Program Coordinator

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Global competency courses and educational tracks
for High School students

Global competency workshops and trainings for professionals and educators