The Model African Union team is a group of students interested in studying current African issues and the role, structure and activities of the African Union. It provides students with a great opportunity to better understand the inner workings of the African Union while also enhancing skills in research, diplomacy, negotiation, critical thinking, compromise, public speaking, writing and teamwork.
Team members are undergraduate and graduate students from multiple fields and the professional schools. Each team of seven students is assigned a country and a committee. It is the students' job to represent their country at the National Model African Union Conference, sponsored and hosted by Howard University in collaboration with the African Union Mission and Member State Embassies in Washington D.C.
Model AU team members meet once a week in the spring semester to prepare for the conference. Students research the topics associated with their committees, give policy speeches, and write resolutions. The meetings are mandatory in order to prepare adequately for participation at the conference in Washington D.C. and to be good representatives of Pitt. In D.C., all delegates will be briefed at the embassy of the country or countries they are representing.
When students return from the conference, they continue as club members and help with organizing and preparing for the Model African Union for High School Students which is hosted at the University of Pittsburgh in March.