Six West Virginia University students will travel to the Netherlands later this month to participate in the European International Model United Nations Conference.

The trip, sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and the International Studies Program, has sent more than 20 students to the Conference since 2009. It will be held July 15-21 in The Hague, and the students will be abroad for more than 10 days to be able to experience the area, as well.

“By participating in this conference, WVU and the state of West Virginia are being promoted on the international stage. Our students serve as ambassadors for both, as well,” said Dean of Students Corey Farris. “They talk about the great WVU student experience, outstanding academics and the beauty of our campus and the state. I know past participants from WVU maintain friendships with participants from other parts of the world.”

The students representing WVU at the conference are:
  • Adam Christian, sophomore biology major from Daniels
  • Dara Erazo, sophomore geography and international studies double-major from Daniels
  • Sarah Lilly, sophomore international studies, Latin American studies and political science triple-major from Independence
  • Franklin Roberts, sophomore political science major from Charleston
  • Caleb Shaw, sophomore Chinese studies and international studies double-major from Milton
  • Spenser Wempe, sophomore international studies major from Charles Town

Farris and Clarissa Estep, teaching assistant professor in political science and multidisciplinary studies , will accompany the students.

“It’s an important trip for our students, because they’ll have the opportunity to interact with students from around the world. Many of the students participating in the Model UN simulations are future diplomats of the world,” Farris said. “Others will be employed in positions that will require international partnerships. WVU students participating will have the opportunity to build international relationships that may span their entire college and work years.”

Wempe will be tweeting about her experience throughout the trip, posting notes and photos as they travel to and from the Netherlands. You can follow her: @SpenserWempe.

This year’s conference will focus on the current situation of world politics under the theme “Preserving the Future: Overcoming the Paradox of Power.”

Each year, more than 200 students from around 50 countries attend the Conference, which blends educational activities and social interaction using a number of inter-related, hands-on experiences.

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