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Model American Congress

Sep 1 - 14 2019 New York, NY

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Exchange Outline

Delegates at the Empire State Building

In September 2019, we continued our Model American Congress program in cooperation with the US Embassy in Cairo, hosting 8 students from Egypt studying at Cairo University and Ain Shams University to the United States for two weeks. The hallmark of this exchange is a Congressional internship opportunity for each student. This exchange also included a weekend trip to New York City.

The legislators who hosted the students for their internships are Senator Roy Blunt (Belgium 1989), Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, Senator John Cornyn, Congressman Jim Costa (Germany 1987), Congressman Ron Estes, Congressman Lance Gooden (Argentina 2011), Congressman Hank Johnson, and Congressman Gregory Meeks. The students were able to attend meetings and committee hearings on a range of interesting topic such as environmental protection, health care, and farming. They were given substantive work: they created presentations, answered constituent calls, completed research assignments, and drafted memos for legislative staff.

Delegates at the World War II Memorial

In addition to their internships, the students attended meetings in DC, including meeting the Executive Director of the National Association of Attorneys General, Chris Toth (Turkey 2008), Associate Commissioner of the Office of External Affairs for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Laura Caliguiri (Jordan and Egypt 2005), and meetings with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Sierra Club. Additionally, the delegates had the opportunity to participate in afternoon prayers at the Islamic Center of Washington, DC, tour the US Capitol and Supreme Court buildings, and explore the DC Monuments and Memorials.

While in New York, the delegates met with Monique Carswell (Argentina 2019) to discuss her role as Director of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility of NBCUnviersal. The students had the opportunity to explore New York City, while there they enjoyed a visit to Chinatown, a walk through Times Square and the Brooklyn Bridge, and a ride on the Staten Island Ferry.