Representing Poland

Eighteen Lynchburg College students will represent Poland for the second year in a row during the Mid-Atlantic European Union Simulation Nov. 19-21 in Washington, D.C.

This year’s topic is the EU’s relationship with Russia regarding international security, human rights, energy, and trade. Last year’s group boasted several office holders and Danielle Miller ’10 was named Outstanding Parliamentarian in the Plenary Session Award category. 

This  year’s delegation will visit the Polish Embassy before the simulation gets under way to meet with the councilor for political affairs, who is second in command in the embassy, as well as the chief economic councilor. 

Last week, 10 students went to Washington, D.C. to attend a session organized by the Brookings Institute and the Polish Embassy, and met with an EU commissioner, the former prime minister and current foreign minister of Sweden, the foreign minister of Poland, ambassadors from Georgia and Armenia, and other officials.

The group will also have a chance to meet with Washington-area Lynchburg College alumni for lunch during a break in the negotiations.

The delegation is headed by Dr. Marek Payerhin, associate professor of international relations and political science. “Both the simulation and last week’s visit offer our students a unique experiential opportunity to examine real-life issues related to policy making in the European Union and to rub shoulders with the real movers and shakers of world politics,” he said.