Students represent countries in ESMOAS

Campus organization aims for competition

By Zelenia Vasquez
On April 13, 2017

Photo contriubted by Cameron Niblock

Model Organization of American States is a student simulation of the Organization of American States (OAS).

"It is a legislative council that represents countries in the Americas," MOAS President Cameron Niblock said. "These countries include the U.S., Canada, and Columbia, to name a few."

One of the thing’s MOAS does is prepare the student to participate in Eugene Scass Mock Organization of American States (ESMOAS) academic conference.

"This conference helps students learn how to be diplomats in a legislative body that is modeled after the Organization of American Students (OAS)," Niblock said. "This conference includes the simulation, along with an academic panel and a moot court competition."

Every year, MOAS is assigned to represent a different country within the Americas.

"Angelo State University’s MOAS was assigned the countries of Canada and Columbia at last year’s conference at Texas State University," Niblock said. "In 2015 we also represented The Republic of Panama."

Along with attending conferences, they participate in several campus events.

"We have participated in several on campus events such as helping the Political Science Department with Constitution Day and helping new /returning students move into their dorms in August of 2016," Niblock, said.

Model Organization of American States is known for being professional and helping students become future diplomats and political leaders. 

"I like the opportunities it opens up across the country to meet with people who have an interest and likeminded appreciation for foreign relations between countries," senior Gadi, McDonald said.

Model Organization of American States does not only teach about politics, it also teaches how to interact with other people.

"One of the core things Model Organization of American States teaches you is how to work with people," Gadi, said. "Each delegate represents a group of people across the world whose ideals can be vastly different from your own, much like many people you can encounter by simply walking down the street."

Model Organization of American States leaves an impact on the students, that they return to help the organization even after graduating from Angelo State.

"My last year as a student for Model Organization of American States was in 2014," alumni Michael Diaz, said. "Right now, all I do is judging, in order to be a judge you have to wait 2 years from your last conference as a student. Also, prospective judges must serve 1 conference on the Research and Writing Review Committee. I Served on this committee in 2015."

The Eugene Scass Mock Organization of American States Research and Writing Review Committee is a group made up of volunteers.

"These volunteers are responsible for vetting and judging the written components of ESMOAS conferences and, based on the information they collect, providing awards and recognition to individuals and teams for their work," Diaz, said. "The RWR Committee is also responsible for accepting or rejecting submitted written work based on the requirements set out by the Office of the Program Director."

For Michael Diaz, his favorite part of being in Model Organization of American States is seeing old friends and making new ones.

"My advice would be to just have fun with the conference and make friends," Diaz, said.

Currently Model Organization of American States alternates from being a class to being an  extracurricular organization.

"The reason Model Organization of American States is only a class some years is because it can only be offered every two years by the political sciences and philosophy department," Niblock said.

To become a member of Model Organization of American States connect Sponsor Matthew Gutter at mgritter@angelo.edu or attend the formal meeting on April 25 at 6:30 in the Rassman building room 239

"It’s a great opportunity to meet new people and network in a professional atmosphere," Niblock, said. "It helps bolster confidence and offers an interesting perspective into the legislative process of an international organization."

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