• JMU's 2018 Model AU team with faculty coordinator Dr. Besi Muhonja
  • One of JMU's 2018 Model AU delegates, Shima Wani, represents Nigeria
  • JMU's 2018 Model AU team relaxes between sessions
  • JMU's 2017 Model AU team meets with Kenyan officials
  • One of JMU's 2016 Model AU delegates represents Namibia

2019 AU Simulation

The International Model African Union (IMAU) is an initiative of Howard University in collaboration with the African Union Mission in Washington, DC. Other partners are embassies of the Member States of the African Union (AU), the continental union. This conference, sponsored, in part, by embassies of represented states, is held annually in February.

The Model simulates proceedings of the African Union. University teams from within and outside the USA attend as delegations from the different nation-states of Africa. Participating students serve as delegates -- they assume the roles of African leaders; practically experience intra-African diplomacy; and gain a richer understanding of the forces and ideas that inform the policies and policymaking processes of AU member states. The conference kicks off with the embassies of represented countries hosting their delegates for briefings, followed by a plenary session, a reception, and three days of the simulation.

The IMAU team at JMU

The JMU team has enjoyed great success at the Model AU. Students competitively apply to join the team of six to represent JMU. Delegates, should they choose to, remain on the team until their graduation. Upon a member leaving the team, a slot becomes available for new applicants. Funding has been arranged to cover the participating students’ transportation to Washington; three nights of hotel accommodation (sharing a room with other students); conference registration; and a small meal stipend.

In advance of the Model AU itself, the team has preparation meetings and resolution development activities at the end of the fall semester and at the beginning of the spring semester. Students may receive academic credits for AFST 400, POSC 498, or AFST 489.

The next International Model African Union Conference will be held in Washington, DC, February 21-24, 2019. At the 2019 meeting, JMU's team will be representing Ethiopia.

This year's team is sponsored by JMU's Office of Cross-Disciplinary Studies; the Department of Political Science; the Department of Justice Studies; the African, African American & Diaspora Studies program; the Department of English; the Center for Global Engagement; the James Madison Center for Civic Engagement; and the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Development.

Applying to participate in JMU's IMAU team:

**Submit your application to Emily Neighbors (neighbeg@jmu.edu) via e-mail or by submitting a printed version to her at the Office of Cross-Disciplinary Studies in Moody Hall, room 102 during normal JMU business hours.**

The application form is available here as a Word document.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Submit your application by 5pm on Tuesday October 30th

Questions? Contact Dr. Besi Muhonja at muhonjbx@jmu.edu

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