Outstanding accomplishment by this group of UGA undergraduates:
A delegation of seven undergraduate students representing the University of Georgia at the 18th Annual Southeast Model African Union simulation at Clayton State University won the best delegation award recently.
The UGA students represented the African nation of Burkina Faso at the program. As the winning team, they will compete at the National Model African Union held in February at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
The SEMAU simulation is a student-centered undertaking designed to help students gain valuable knowledge of diplomatic codes of behavior as well as enhance their leadership aptitude. The simulation exposes students to a wide array of issues relating to Africa, including political, economic, socio-cultural, security as well as environmental matters. It contributes to students' understanding of the capabilities and limitations governments in Africa face in dealing with various challenges.
The UGA team members, their hometowns and majors, were:
• Tifara Brown, Ocilla, management information systems and international business
• Sainabou Jallow, Sugar Hill, international affairs and economics
• Lisa Traore, Bayreuth, Germany, international affairs and German
• Rita Ebhaleme, Loganville, international affairs
• Tyler Smith, Decatur, journalism
• Ryan Kelley, Conyers, international affairs
• Faisal Gedi, Stone Mountain, computer systems engineering and management information systems
Congratulations all, and especially to their faculty advisors Akinloye Ojo and Karim Traore.
Image: UGA students, Left to right: Ryan Kelley, Sainabou Jallow, Tifara Brown, Rita Ebhaleme, Lisa Traore, and Tyler Smith (Faisal Gedi, not pictured)