We’re pleased to offer a range of engaging and timely programs throughout the year for audiences from students to businesses and other interested individuals in the community, and we have numerous ways for you to plug in. For more information on any of these opportunities, please check out the linked pages below, or contact Evan Verploegh at everploegh@irckc.org or 816-897-6474.

Sign up for the IRC newsletter. Our weekly newsletter presents updates on IRC programs as well as a calendar of internationally themed community events and volunteer opportunities with other organizations. We also have a separate monthly digest for K-12 educators and students – the Global Education Digest.

Attend a program. From lectures and panel presentations to discussion groups and casual meals, our programs welcome a wide range of participants and cover foreign affairs, global issues, international relations, and how they connect to our community. We enjoy bringing global-affairs experts to the area and tapping into the remarkable global expertise right here in Kansas City.

Become an IRC member. Check out individual membership, or learn how your business, university, or nonprofit organization could get involved.

Volunteer at an event. We’re often looking for individuals or groups who are willing to share their time to make our programs and events possible.

Offer to host an event at your organization or workplace. We do our best to move IRC programs around the Kansas City metro area to make them as geographically accessible as possible. If your business or organization would be interested in hosting an IRC event, please contact Evan Verploegh.

Contribute a blog post. Our blog includes a mix of analysis, international stories, and member highlights, and we’d love to see what you have to share.

Join our team as a university intern. Each semester, we welcome interns from schools around the area to gain valuable professional experience and put their studies into practice. We are happy to be able to work with universities to offer academic credit for the students’ work.

Join the IRC speakers bureau. IRC members bring an incredible wealth of international knowledge, and the speakers bureau makes them available to area organizations to share their experience.

Join an IRC committee. Active IRC committees develop strategies and action plans for the work of the organization. Meeting five times a year and charged with ongoing projects, committees include a variety of perspectives and are intentionally composed of a mix of board members and IRC members who are not part of the board.

Donate to a program that matters to you. Whether you’d like to help students grow in global understanding or bring speakers to town, your tax-deductible donation ensures that this important work continues.

Plan your giving. Planned giving allows anyone to make a substantial contribution to the International Relations Council — regardless of income or financial status. It is a way to level the playing field, giving everyone a chance to become a philanthropist and make a difference. And it provides significant financial benefits to you as well.

Sponsor one of our signature events. From adult and student WorldQuest to the Berkley Lecture and the Global Honors Evening, there are abundant opportunities for your business or organization to find recognition and support a worthy cause. If your business or organization would be interested in sponsoring an event, please contact Evan Verploegh.