LACC supports FIU students representing Haiti in Washington Model OAS

The Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC) provided funding to support a group of Florida International University (FIU) students' participation in the annual Model Organization of American States (OAS) for universities in Washington D.C. The students represented the country of Haiti in the Model OAS, a simulation of the OAS General Assembly, which is made up of the 35 countries of Latin America and Caribbean. The trip was co-sponsored by LACC and FIU's Student Government Association (SGA).

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The FIU Model OAS team includes: Julissa Rivera, Natalia Rodriguez, Aaron Feit, Stephanie Sanchez, Sameer Rasheed, Melissa Michaane, advisor Jason Weidner, Tatiana Guest and Juan Velez. Not pictured are Lincoln Thomas and Ulises Tavarez.

Jason Weidner, a Ph.D. candidate and adjunct in international relations organized the team and selected Haiti as the country FIU would represent.

The FIU team joins universities from around the Americas participating in the five-day conference. Other U.S. universities attending include the University of Maryland, Notre Dame and Tulane. The FIU team is proposing resolutions to strengthen local Haitian governance, protect Haitian asylum seekers across the Americas and boost local agricultural production.The students also visited the Haitian Embassy in Washington and met with one of the country’s OAS representatives, Pierre Daniel Laviolette.

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