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FSU Students Participate in the Model Organization of American States

FSU Students Participate in the Model Organization of American States
The Frostburg State University sent a delegation of students to the Model Organization of American States, an annual international simulation held at OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C., which is the culminating experience of POSC 435: Model Organization of American States.

The FSU delegation included Delila Boone of Clinton, Md., Pamela Delgadillo of St. Michael’s, Md., Marisa DiCarlo of Eldersburg, Md., Aja Hope of Odenton, Md., Kerry Lindsay of Landover, Md., Travin Johnson of Huntingtown, Md., Matt Polissedjian of Derwood, Md., and Edwina Rogers of Columbia, Md.

“The Frostburg Delegation to the Model OAS did an excellent job as representatives of the Bahamas this year,” said Dr. Joan Andorfer, professor in the Department of Political Science and president of the Institute for Diplomatic Dialogue in the Americas, a co-sponsor of the Model OAS with the OAS Office of the Assistant Secretary General.

The delegation met more than 300 students from countries around the Hemisphere, including Argentina, Guatemala, Canada, Colombia and Venezuela. In addition to committee sessions, the weeklong experience included a briefing by the second secretary of the Bahamian Embassy, an evening gala at the OAS and opening remarks by the leader of the OAS, Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza.

The MOAS is designed to promote democratic values among the youth of the Hemisphere by familiarizing students, faculty and academic institutions of the Americas with the work of the OAS and its member states, as well as with the organization’s role as the premier political forum in the Hemisphere. The MOAS is a simulation exercise where, through role-playing, the students represent the diplomats and political officials of the member states of the OAS and follow parliamentary proceedings to debate and approve resolutions dealing with current issues on the Inter-American agenda. The model fosters the development of leadership skills in youth such as negotiation, teamwork and problem solving.

The FSU delegation received support from the FSU President’s Experiential Learning Enhancement Fund and the Department of Political Science.

For more information, contact Andorfer at

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate. -end-

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