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Model Arab League Course Provides Insight Into the World

The Model Arab League (MAL) is a diplomatic leadership program designed to give college students insight on the Middle East and Arab world. Students are assigned delegations and roles within those delegations. These roles help students strengthen their leadership, public speaking, and critical thinking skills. At Wilmington College, Professor of Political Science, Dr. Marlaina Leppert-Wahl, offers the course to students.

Leppert-Wahl (middle) at WC’s first participation of the Model Arab League in 2016

A conference is held annually at different colleges across Ohio. This year the conference will be held at Shawnee State University from February fifteenth to the seventeenth.

Karlie Payton, a Social Work major here at Wilmington College, conveys, “The class seems very interesting. If I was given the opportunity to take the class I definitely would.”

The class can help students broaden their horizons by helping them meet new people, develop social skills, and acquire knowledge about the Arab world.

Karlie continues, “Clearly the class is a learning opportunity that provides a different insight on the world. The curriculum appears to cover topics that are generally important.”

“Clearly the class is a learning opportunity that provides a different insight on the world. The curriculum appears to cover topics that are generally important.” – Karlie Payton

There are currently sixteen students enrolled in this course. Upon completion, the students will have served as delegates for either the Palestine or Saudi Arabia delegations. Each student is assigned to one of the five councils: Joint Defense, Palestinian Affairs, Political Affairs, Economic Affairs, or Social Affairs.

Jenna Fawcett, a Political Science major and member of the class, shares, “I thought this would be a fun class to take, as well as the fact that last semester I participated in the ‘global summit’ as part of Global Politics and really enjoyed it.”

Anyone can take the course and, according to Jenna, “If anyone thinks they’re even remotely interested in trying this out, they should because it’s always great to step out of your comfort zone.”

The course first appeared on the class registration rosters three years ago when Marlaina Leppert-Wahl, Asst. Professor of Political Science here at Wilmington, thought it would be a good way to, “Give them [the students] the opportunity to have a hands-on learning experience in the areas of international diplomacy and negotiation.”

The course is designed to encourage Wilmington College students to increase their knowledge about the political affairs happening in the Middle East.

“This really is an exciting event and a great way to build community with others from across disciplines here at WC as we prepare for and participate in the Model Arab League.” – Dr. Marlaina Leppert-Wahl

Marlaina continues, “This really is an exciting event and a great way to build community with others from across disciplines here at WC as we prepare for and participate in the Model Arab League.”

The Model Arab League tradition continues here at Wilmington College as the students prepare for their convention next month.

 

Ariana Riccardi
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My name is Ariana Riccardi and I am a Sophomore majoring in Political Science with a minor in History. I am an avid reader and I love to write. When I am not writing newspaper articles, you can find me watching The West Wing or hanging out with my friends. I am very active on campus. I am apart of the Honors Program, the Peace Corps Prep Program, I am an RA, PR for Amnesty International, SLEB Grand Socials Chair, APB Comedy Chair, a peer mentor, secretary and PR for RSA, Fundraiser Chair for the Relay for Life Committee, Westheimer Peace Symposium board member, It's On Us member, Student Alumni Association, and NASA.

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