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Queens participates in the Washington Model for the Organization of American States

imageQueens students in Washington, D.C. for the Washington Model for the Organization of American States conference
04/11/14 -  

Queens sent a team of 11 students to participate in the Washington Model for the Organization of American States (OAS). This simulation of the OAS includes student delegations from throughout the hemisphere, including teams from Argentina, Colombia and Guatemala, as well as schools such as Tulane University, Providence College and St. Lawrence University.

Each university participating in the exercise was assigned a member state to represent - Queens was assigned to Antigua and Barbuda. The students prepared all semester, learning about the OAS, regional issues, diplomatic and parliamentary procedure and about Antigua and Barbuda. Queens' delegation was able to craft proposals that passed in each of the five committees, which is quite a feat. These proposals related to issues such as arms trafficking, improving systems for remittance transfers, improving tolerance and diversity and making more education visas available to students in the hemisphere.

The model itself is a testament to the benefits of hands-on experience. Students gained practical knowledge in public speaking and debate, as well as met and shared experiences with fellow students.

While in D.C., students also explored future internship and job options. They met with staff at the Department of Commerce, International Trade Division, the National Democratic Institute, National Public Radio and IP3, a company that provides training for public-private partnerships around the world.

 

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