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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