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Model Student Leadership Groups

Model Organization of American States

The Organization of American States (OAS) is comprised of 35 independent states in North and South America and the Caribbean.  Established in 1948, the OAS was created to achieve, as stated in Article 1 of its Charter, “an order of peace and justice, to promote their solidarity, to strengthen their collaboration, and to defend their sovereignty, their territorial integrity, and their independence.”

The Washington Model Organization of American States (WMOAS) is a five-day student conference held in Washington D.C. Students conduct simulated debates over the OAS’s major issues, and prepare, propose, and ultimately pass resolutions addressing those issues. Universities from around the globe are assigned a country to represent, and have several weeks to prepare their agendas. The overall goal of the Model OAS is to educate students about foreign policy, negotiation, and diplomacy, and to empower them to consider internationally focused opportunities.

Annual participation in Model OAS has become a central and very popular component of the Global Studies program. To prepare for the simulation, student delegates take a term-length course on the OAS with Maria delaluz Matus-Mendoza, PhD. The course addresses the structure and purpose of the OAS as well as the problems, current political situation, and diplomatic positions of the country they will represent. Students learn parliamentary procedures, prepare and debate resolutions, and study the diplomatic documents provided by the OAS. The program offers hands-on experience in lobbying and political negotiation, and examines the difficulties encountered in resolving international problems.

For questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Kate Hughes at

Model United Nations (New York & Boston)

The National Model United Nations (NMUN) is an opportunity for Global Studies students to address global issues in a “Real World” context. Each spring, Global Studies Director Joel Oestreich, PhD, invites around a dozen students from his International Organizations course to travel to New York for five days to interact with 5,000 students from around the world. These students address important issues as delegates from an assigned country, and work to resolve problems pertaining to their nation's interests and the global good. NMUN participants are assigned to various committees of the United Nations, where they debate the issues being addressed by the UN. Students develop resolutions addressing regional conflicts, peacekeeping, human rights, women and children, economic and social development, and the environment, among other issues.

The Model UN provides students with an understanding of the inner workings of the United Nations and helps them build skills in diplomacy and compromise. Past keynote speakers at NMUN have included General Ban Ki-moon, Kofi Annan and Boutros Boutros-Ghali.

NMUN has annual conferences in Washington D.C., Boston, Europe, Latin America and at headquarters in New York. Though the NMUN strives to achieve many goals, its main purpose is to prepare and nurture our future leaders to be globally responsible citizens.

If you have additional questions, please contact Kate Hughes at