BAYLOR’S OUTSTANDING MOAS TEAM IN REGIONAL COMPETITION
From November 4-7, 2021, the Baylor Model Organization of American States (MOAS) team traveled to St. Mary’s University in San Antonio to debate policies concerning the Western Hemisphere at the annual Eugene Scassa Mock Organization of American States (ESMOAS) competition. Covid restrictions meant that this conference was conducted both in person and online. Baylor team members hailed from across the university: Health Sciences, History, International Studies, Medical Humanities, Neuroscience, Political Science, Psychology, University Scholars and Hankamer Scholars. They were joined by teams from other universities from Texas, Louisiana, and Mexico.
This competition marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the establishment of the model and included an academic conference, a moot court competition and a simulation of the Summit of the Americas. This year, teams at the competition represented 20 of the 35 members of Organization of American States (OAS).
Baylor students have been preparing for this competition since the start of the semester. In addition to their normal coursework, they also attended a virtual parliamentary procedures workshop in September and burned the midnight oil on two successive class nights in October to polish their written work. The moot court teams faced two tough judging panels in October to hone their skills. By November, they were ready to face competition.
In the summit, Baylor students represented the countries of Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago. Head Delegates on the General Committee had the challenging task of representing their actual Heads of State making the job of the Venezuelan team, headed by Nicolás Maduro, particularly difficult. Delegates wrote and debated on issues such as incorporation of the Pan-American Sports Organization (PASO) into the OAS, removal of sanctions from the hemisphere, revival of the tourist industry after the Covid-19 pandemic, and promotion of civil society education in the hemisphere. The student executive committee crafted a hypothetical crisis, released on Friday evening, involving an asteroid hitting the Western Hemisphere, destroying the island of Tobago and Venezuela’s oil reserves. (NB: because so many of our former crises had come close to reality after the fact (last year’s crisis involved the Proud Boys bombing the OAS building) the committee decided to go extra-terrestrial).
The keynote speaker was Mr. Rolando Salinas Jr. A St. Mary’s graduate, Mr. Salinas is now the current mayor of Eagle Pass, Texas. He spoke of his experiences as a border mayor and all the challenges that encompasses from infrastructure improvements, water management, budget issues and border security. Students came away from his speech with a new understanding of the burdens of public service.
Baylor student Camryn Lutes (senior, Political Science, The Woodlands, TX) served as president of the Summit and chaired the General Committee along with her rapporteur, Kelly Wheeler (freshman, Hankamer Scholar, Coppell, TX). Colin Keele (senior, Political Science/History, Waco, TX) served as chair for the Secretariat for Multilateral Security along with rapporteur, Julia Mendes (freshman, Medical Humanities, Hudson, NH). Vanessa Cham (sophomore, Neuroscience, Rockwall, TX,) was selected to serve on the 2021 Student Steering Committee. Logan Butler (junior, University Scholar, Evansville, IN) won election as president of the 2022 Model. A faculty panel chose Miranda Martinez (junior, Health Sciences, Laredo, TX) to serve as chair of the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development for the 2022 Model. Overall, Baylor students excelled in both written work and as effective committee delegates.
HONORS WON BY BAYLOR TEAMS INCLUDED:
Selected by a panel of external judges:
Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) Moot Court: (selected by a panel of practicing lawyers and other experts from ESMOAS alumni)
The teams of Joyce and Jordan, and LaVergne and Dagley represented Baylor.
Selected by student committee members:
The team would like to thank the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of History, the Center for Global Engagement, and Emily Leavitt, Lynae Jordan and Bobby Leis for their help and support.
For more information, please contact:
Camyrn_lutes1@baylor.edu President 2021
Logan_butler1@baylor.edu President 2022
email@example.com Student Steering Committee, 2021
Joan_Supplee@baylor.edu Faculty Advisor