ASU hosts Triumvirate: The North American Student Model Legislature

May 26, 2011

The North American Center for Transborder Studies (NACTS) at Arizona State University will co-host the 2011 “Triumvirate” at the Tempe campus.

The sixth edition of the Triumvirate, the only trinational inter-parliamentary student simulation in North America, will take place from May 29 through June 3. Organized by ASU and the North American Forum on Integration (NAFI) from Montreal, the event will bring together about 50 students from seven American, Canadian and Mexican universities. Download Full Image

“The Triumvirate, is a unique, one-of-a-kind event,” NACTS director Rick Van Schoik said.

University student participants from Mexico, the United States and Canada participate in a week-long simulation exercise simulating a congressional meeting between North American legislators. Student delegates are assigned one of the three roles: legislator (representing a country other than their own), journalist, or lobbyist. The legislators will debate themes of a political, economic and environmental nature, while lobbyists will attempt to influence the legislators’ decisions and the TrilatHerald journalist team will analyze the evolution of the debates.

For five days, participants will discuss hot political topics affecting North America: immigration and guest worker programs, green building practices, corporate social responsibility in the mining industry, and the promotion of North American trade corridors.

As a pioneer on the political scene, the Triumvirate seeks to bring together future North American leaders to increase their awareness of the issues that characterize North American relations while enabling them to develop a better knowledge of democratic institutions and the realities of the member countries of NAFTA.  

Triumvirate seeks to strengthen a sense of belonging to North America and discuss regional integration issues. “The event is a bull’s-eye target for NACTS’ work and commitment to social and economic development in the Americas,” Van Schoik said.

“The simulation enables participants to delve into the heart of the North American political dynamics and to negotiate draft bills that, we hope, will inspire our political leaders,” Christine Fréchette, executive director and founder of NAFI, said.

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Sharon Keeler

Emerging nonprofit leaders earn scholarships, internships

May 26, 2011

Two ASU American Humanics (AH) students have been awarded Next Generation Nonprofit Leaders Program (NextGen) scholarships.

These students will each receive $4,500 from NextGen as part of a multi-year Kellogg Foundation Grant to American Humanics, Inc. to support students across the American Humanics campus affiliate network. The NextGen scholarships support costs associated with the students’ senior internships in nonprofits. Download Full Image

ASU American Humanics NextGen scholarship recipients are David Heyward, of New Castle, Deleware and Mary Whatcott, of Novato, CA.

David will be doing his internship with the Lincoln Family Downtown Y in Phoenix, and Mary will be interning with the American Red Cross in Colorado Springs, CO.

This group of scholarship recipients was awarded a total of $9,000. Since the establishment of the NextGen program, 44 ASU AH students have received $198,000 in NextGen scholarships. In the past, nonprofits at which NextGen awardees have interned contributed $77,320 in match monies. That means, to date, ASU AH students have received a total of $275,320 in support of the costs associated with their senior internships.

“Our American Humanics program continues to produce more NextGen scholars than any other campus in the country,” said Robert F. Ashcraft, executive director of the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation and a professor of nonprofit studies. “David and Mary are outstanding examples of the high-caliber of students we are preparing for professional roles in nonprofit organizations,” Ashcraft added.

Founded in 1980, ASU American Humanics is a program of the School of Community Resources and Development, in association with the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation (formerly the Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management). ASU is one of the leading programs in the nation, preparing future nonprofit professionals. Students pursuing American Humanics certification complete various experiential requirements including active participation in the student association, 18 credit hours of in-class coursework, and a 12 credit hour internship. For more information, visit:

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