ATHENS – Mercer University was represented by a delegation of eight students at the 20th annual Southeast Model African Union held last fall at the University of Georgia.
Mercer's delegates included Imani Washington, Tiffani Alexander, Ramiyyah Tisdale, Keyana Boone, Michael Kumi, Katrina Lumban, Mpho Molapo and Faith Cheng. They were accompanied by Dr. Chester Fontenot, Baptist Professor of English and director of Africana studies, and Dr. Chinekwu Obidoa, assistant professor of global health.
The Model African Union is designed to offer an educational experience where participants can gather information, do research, learn about issues relating to a specific country and hold simulated meetings of the actual commissions of the African Union.
In the simulation, Mercer students represented the country of Egypt and worked with delegates of other countries in committees to produce solutions successfully adopted by the union.
This event gives students the opportunity to learn about diplomacy, leadership and governmental organization through a unique simulation experience. The experience is designed to enrich and enhance students' understanding of the political, economic and cultural dimensions of different African countries and their relationship to each other and the rest of the world as members of the African Union.
Mercer's delegation was co-sponsored by the Africana Studies Program and the African Students Association.