Graduate Student Refugee Policy Sim - NASPAA Batten Simulation Competition

Saturday, March 2, 2024
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus

Graduate Student Refugee Policy Sim - NASPAA Batten Simulation Competition

The NASPAA Simulation Competition is an annual event in which students from around the world learn through experience in a unique, innovative learning opportunity. Students will connect classroom theory to practice by taking on real-world challenges in real time to achieve skills that will prepare them for their roles as future public service professionals. The learning objectives of the simulation competitions will focus more on aligning with NASPAA's universal competencies, especially with regard to teaching students about the role of diversity, equity, and inclusion in public service.

On Saturday, March 2nd beginning at 9am, GVSU will host graduate students from all across the region to participate in the 2024 NASPAA Simulation Competition. Students interested in competing should reach out to Professor Neal Buckwalter to express their interest by Wednesday, February 7th at [email protected].

This year's competition is sponsored by the ICMA Student Chapter and the School of Community Leadership and Development. The simulation competition will tackle policy issues associated with forced migration through computer-based simulated gameplay. Created and improved by experts at DMS Academy who utilized extensive real-world data, the simulation places students in leadership roles within a time-sensitive, fast-paced environment where they must work together to solve complex policy issues.

Host Nations: A Refugee Simulation is a web-based experiential learning tool. Taking on roles such as Prime Minister, Minister of Labor, or Minister of Health and Human Services, players will work in teams to manage a migrant influx. Each player will be in charge of a distinct policy portfolio, and the decisions they make will affect not only their own country but the other teams as well.

The game challenges participants to weigh human rights, integration, and GDP growth against budget restrictions and political resistance. Teams will be evaluated on simulation scores, negotiation skills, and presentations made to regional site judges. A panel of prominent super judges will determine the global winning teams of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes with awards of $3,000, $1,500 and $750.

This years competition will connect students from around the world at a virtual site and 12 global host sites, including Bangladesh, Egypt, Brazil, Hungary, Nebraska, Texas, Michiganāˆ§ more!

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Seidman College of Business

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The goals of the ICMA Student Chapter are to introduce and integrate students into local government and the management profession and familiarize students with ICMA members, resources, and policies. Through the chapter, we will also establish connections between ICMA, schools, students, state associations, and managers.

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International City / County Management Association Graduate Student Chapter


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