Twenty Lynchburg College students are traveling to Washington, D.C. this week to represent the United Kingdom in the Mid-Atlantic European Union Simulation conference.
The annual simulation brings together students from 160 colleges and universities to engage in debates and policy-setting meetings similar to those held by the European Parliament, the European Council, the European Commission, and the Council of Ministers. LC students will also meet with diplomats at the British Embassy.
Before arriving at the conference, students from each participating college research the issues being faced by the EU and the countries they are assigned to represent. Representing the UK will yield a particularly difficult simulation for the LC team as the debate will focus on Britain’s impending departure from the EU, otherwise known as “Brexit.” They will also debate the ongoing flow of refugees entering Europe.
Participating in the simulation offers great opportunities to Lynchburg College students. Students will be placed in a high-intensity experiential learning venue that tests their political science knowledge, teamwork skills, and critical thinking abilities to the test. The students will also have the opportunity to engage and learn from other students and professionals from across the nation, which provides them with both real-world experience as well as an influx of new learning opportunity.
LC has a rich tradition of success in the EU Simulation, with many past participants elected to serve as chairs for party caucuses and committees and as members of the European Parliament.
The students depart from LC Wednesday afternoon, and the simulation conference will take place from Thursday through Saturday.