Baylor to Host the Eugene Scassa Mock Organization of the American States

Mock OAS
Nov. 11, 2013

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WACO, Texas (Nov. 11, 2013) - Baylor University will host the 17th annual Eugene Scassa Mock Organization of the American States (ESMOAS) program Nov. 14 through 16.

The Eugene Scassa Mock OAS is a simulation of the Organization of American States, a multinational organization similar to the United Nations, but limited to countries in the Western Hemisphere. During the conference, students represent the interests of their assigned country during debate sessions and a mock crisis scenario.

Students prepare for the event with two-hour meetings twice a week and learn skills such as parliamentary procedures, public speaking, nonverbal communication, networking and working as a team, said Joan Supplee, the Ralph Lynn Professor of History in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences, who oversees the ESMOAS program at Baylor.

"What I want them to get out of it is an understanding of the region and the OAS as well as how politics and diplomacy work," Supplee said. "On a personal level, I want the students to become proficient in public speaking and crafting a convincing argument and to sharpen their networking and team building skills."

The 2013 student secretariat includes two representatives from Baylor University: senior Ewan Hamilton-Short, president, and senior Cristina Mendez, secretary-general.

This year's topics of discussion range from fighting childhood obesity and malnutrition to improving cooperation on issues of cyber security.

The competition is judged by former participants who now work in organizations like the UN, OAS and State Department. Universities from Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Mexico participate, and the conference averages around 150 students.

All ESMOAS events will be held in the Bill Daniel Student Center, 1311 S. 5th St. Thursday's events will be from 4 to 7:45 p.m.; Friday's from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday's from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The program is open to the public. For more information, visit ESMOAS.org

by Rachel Miller, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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