This spring, the HWS Model African Union club returned to Washington, D.C. to participate in the 2017 National Model African Union Conference at Howard University.
In collaboration with the African Union Mission and U. N. Member State Embassy sponsors, the annual simulation of the African Union enables students to study the continent in context, learn about current issues and role-play delegate responsibilities while debating the challenges that are critical to Africa and to the world.
“The Model AU Conference is a great opportunity for students to comprehensively learn more about African and international politics and engage with top students from around the world,” says Donovan Hayden ’19, one of the club founders.
“The trip gave us the opportunity to interact with students who, despite all our differences, all have a vested interest in learning more about Africa and working to create solutions to the many issues that the continent faces,” says Oluwaseun Adetola ’17, president of Sankofa, the HWS Black Student Union.
During the conference, Chalwyn Caulker ’17 was honored with the Committee Leadership Award, which is presented to students who capture the essence of complex issues, help to develop consensus, and guide the committee to effective action.
Each year since its founding, the HWS Model African Union club has attended regional and national Model African Unions, promoting the Colleges’ commitment to experiential learning. The club raises awareness of the political issues Africa faces, increases respect for the diversity, significance and values of Africa, and overall inspires interest in Africa.
“The formation of the club is a testament to the resources that the Colleges provide students to realize their goals,” says Hayden.