Ten Cal Poly Pomona students had the opportunity to meet in Washington, D.C., last month with Chilean diplomats and officials from the Organization of American States.
The students attended the Model OAS General Assembly, an event designed to educate students about diplomacy and the OAS, which is a group of 35 nations that was established to prevent conflict and promote democracy, peace and security in the Americas.
Among the officials that the students met were Assistant General Secretary Albert Ramdin from Guyana; Nellie Robinson, director of the Model OAS program; and Fernando Garcia-Robles, head of the Anti-Human Trafficking Program. The students also met with Chile’s delegation to the OAS.
During the assembly, Cal Poly Pomona students played the role of the Chilean delegation to the Model OAS, which featured student teams from nearly 30 U.S. and Latin American universities. The students introduced resolutions to deal with corporate espionage, help families obtain information on disappeared relatives, and improve water resource management.
They also got to visit the Capitol, the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, Arlington National Cemetery, and Ford’s Theater, where President Lincoln was assassinated.