Each fall, selected students have an opportunity to participate in Drake’s delegation to a regional or international Model Arab League. Over the past four years, Drake students have participated in conferences in Cairo, Egypt, Boston, Massachusetts, and Little Rock, Arkansas. Students receive one credit hour for their participation and may take the course for repeat credit. This simulation provides students with opportunities to learn about Arab and Middle Eastern politics and to gain practical experience of diplomatic work. Drake delegations have won several awards for their participation at these conferences. Contact Professor Mahmoud Hamad for more information.
Drake teams participate each year, either in January or in April, in Model European Union simulations. Every other year, they attend the SUNY Model European Union (SUNYMEU) program and go to a changing location in Europe. In January 2014, Drake students went to Brussels. Since 1996, students at Drake have also participated in the Midwest Model European Union simulation in Indiana, where they compete with schools in the Midwest region. These programs are two of the best-known European Union simulations in the U.S., and Drake students have won both top individual and best delegation awards. Students participating in these events can earn one credit and can participate multiple times. The simulations provide participants with the opportunity to debate issues of global importance, with a diversity of students, representing different countries. They gain valuable negotiating skills, learn how the E.U. operates as a supranational organization, and experience the challenges of reaching agreement among diverse nations. For more information, contact Professor Eleanor Zeff.
Each fall, students have an opportunity to participate in Drake’s delegation to the American Model United Nations in Chicago, one of the premier Model UN simulations in the country. Students receive one credit for their participation and may take the course multiple times for repeat credit. This simulation provides students with opportunities to learn about major global issues and to gain practical experience of the challenges faced when diverse countries come together to negotiate agreement laws and policies on these global issues. Drake delegations have won awards for their participation at American Model UN. Contact Professor Debra DeLaet for more information.