On November 13-15, seven IUP students will become Belgian politicians, thanks to the magic of a simulation of the European Union in Washington, D.C.
Political Science/Pre-Law major Vincent Campisano will play a European commissioner, Marianne Thyssen, who has drafted a directive from the European commission on the topic of the current migration crisis in Europe. Working with students playing other commissioners, Vincent's "alter ego" is urging the European Parliament and Councils of Ministers to adopt new quotas for accepting asylum-seekers.
Other IUP students will be playing key Belgian political figures who will be considering the proposal: International Studies major Nicole Fidler will play Charles Michel, the Prime Minister; and Meg Culbertson and Joakim Karlsson (both International Studies majors) will be Belgian ministers who will separately debate the measure. Eric Lynn (International Studies), Tamara Gainor (Political Science/Pre-Law), Melissa Caprino (History) and Narica Williams (Political Science) are all members of the European parliament who will debate what to do about the crisis.
IUP joins a dozen other universities each year in Washington, D.C. for the simulation, visiting the embassy of the country they represent for briefings by the actual diplomats who represent that country.
Last year, IUP's Tyler Gongola (Political Science) won the "Best Minister" award, and he participated in another Model European Union at the University of Pittsburgh, along with Campisano and Tyler Larkin (Economics).