IRC Award Call for Nominations
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The International Relations Council warmly welcomes nominations for two of our most esteemed awards, the Award for Contributions to the Community and the Award for Academic Leadership. Awards will be presented at the 2019 Global Honors Evening on Thursday, November 21, and may be presented to a deserving individual or organization with ties to the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area. Nominations must be received by Friday, September 13, to be considered for this year's Global Honors Evening.

About the International Relations Council
A Kansas City nonprofit organization and a member of the World Affairs Councils of America, the International Relations Council (IRC) works in partnership with businesses, universities, community organizations, and K-12 schools to bring a global perspective to our community. We bring world leaders and dignitaries to the metro region, host forums for high-school students to interact with and learn from foreign-policy experts, and create opportunities for area business leaders to strengthen relationships abroad. We believe that by promoting global awareness and understanding, we support and strengthen our community.

Award for Contributions to the Community
The Award for Contributions to the Community is given to local individuals, organizations, or companies who have contributed to economic growth in the area and have shown exemplary service to their community. Past recipients have included the Consular Corps of Greater Kansas City (2017), Julián Zugazagoitia (2014), R. Crosby Kemper III (2013), Sporting Kansas City (2012), Seaboard Corporation (2010), and John P. McMeel (1998). For a complete list of recipients, click here.

Award for Academic Leadership
The Award for Academic Leadership is given to local individuals or educational institutions that contribute to global education in the Midwest. Past recipients have included the University of Missouri–Kansas City (2017), the Stowers Institute (2009), the KU Confucius Institute (2008), KCPT Public Television (1999), and Dr. E. Grey Dimond (1989). For a complete list of recipients, click here.

Nomination Process
You may nominate a colleague, friend, or organization. Please email a statement that includes the name, professional affiliation, phone number, and email address of the person you wish to nominate or, in the case of nominating an organization, the contact person, phone number, and email address for the organization. In the statement, please include a brief biography of your nominee as well as what, in your view, makes him/her or the organization an outstanding candidate for the award. Self-nomination is not permitted.

This year's Global Honors Evening is themed around global health, so we are seeking nominations related to this field. Global health is a field with broad reach and important local implications, including in our Kansas City area. Millions of lives have been positively impacted as access to health and healthcare has expanded thanks to the coordinated efforts of national governments, local communities, and international organizations. Still, significant work remains in our own communities and around the world to combat health disparities and challenges around infant and maternal mortality, chronic and infectious diseases, and the health of immigrant and refugee populations. New, innovative approaches and collaborative efforts in research, health system delivery strategies, and community-based health are essential to equalize access to health for everyone everywhere.

Please email your nomination statement no later than Friday, September 13, to, with “Award Nomination" in the subject line. A selection committee will review nominations and announce the recipients in advance of the Global Honors Evening.

You are most welcome to contact us if you have questions about the process: 816-423-2632.