Each participant has a CU student volunteer assigned to them as an "ambassador" during their time on campus for CWA week. The speaker ambassador offers to act as a point of contact during their stay in order to assist and answer any questions that may arise—and also gives the participant a commemorative CWA pin. This is an excellent way to meet and connect with the CWA speakers.
CWA Speaker Ambassadors Gain Real World Connections
For each panel session, a student or community committee member is assigned to work behind the scenes to coordinate logistics for that event. This includes introducing panel members to the moderator, leading them from CWA headquarters to the venue and ensuring that the session's physical needs are in order (microphones are working, water is available, name cards are in place). The producer stays in the back of the venue throughout the session to make sure everything runs smoothly.
In the weeks leading up to the Conference volunteers help in the CWA Office assisting in the Conference preparations. During CWA Week, volunteers work behind the scenes in the Conference Headquarters.
The colorful international flags lining the main walkway through Norlin Quad is a sure sign that CU's annual rite of spring—the Conference on World Affairs—is back! The student volunteers who assemble the flags and then put them up each day take special pride in the brilliant visual display they create—and the impact it makes on the tens of thousands who pass through the Quad that week.
Student volunteers provide transportation to and from Denver International Airport, as well as to local events during the week. The Conference utilizes University of Colorado vehicles, so it is not necessary to own a car to be a driver. Driving the participants is a great opportunity to have fascinating conversations with some truly remarkable people and meet other CU students and Boulder community members.
Donate your time during CWA week by photographing and video recording sessions and events for the CWA office archives.