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GLC supports Global Crisis Simulation

On April 1, ORU hosted its seventh consecutive and 10th official Global Crisis Simulation in the Global Learning Center.
The GCS program aims to equip students who wish to be involved in the delegation of international law, to practice policy and political work within a practical crisis situation presented to them. This year the crisis was organized by placing students as government representatives in various countries, separating them into conference rooms and giving them specific jobs.
“Our goal is for this to be a fun and learning event. Yet, I want to see them take it seriously, really get down to fixing problems, using critical thinking and problem solving,” said Ruby Libertus, ORU assistant professor of International Relations.
Students were later briefed regarding various crises affecting different parts of the world, and were asked to collaborate in order to create unity and to alleviate the situation for the world as a whole. The participating students acted in place of real world leaders, and maintained the mindset of the countries they were assigned to. The simulation was in collaboration with Booker T. Washington High School, Tulsa University and Northeastern State University.
The rooms were divided all along the halls of the brand new GLC, as government delegates and ambassadors ran from conference room to conference room all day Saturday.
Certain ambassadors were allowed to leave each conference room; in addition, public relations managers kept track of a Twitter and Slack connection account for their country.
“What is really special this year about GCS is how we are adding virtual reality,” said Stephen Guzman, project manager and virtual reality developer. “What it does is it allows for the students to be engaged with the scenario, instead of being just told verbally about it.”
The technologies involved in this project utilized the GLC, and students were given an iPad for the entire day to keep track of issues and stances.  The briefings would happen via Zoom technology in each individual room.
“The GLC enhances [the experience] by using technologies that make the simulation more realistic,” said Alex Cevallos, the logistical and detail directors of GCS. “The GCS is a simulation that requires the entire world to respond to a situation. They may not be directly impacted but it is important for a lot of countries to have a little bit of skin in the game. If countries are too silent they won’t get anything done.”
Journalism students mimiced real news outlets and simulated media pressures on students using Twitter to connect the practicing diplomats to the realities of breaking news in the world.
The simulations presented this year included a virtual reality sabotage bombing of a Chinese oil rig and the nuclear bombing of the International Space Station. These situations were presented to students through the VR room on the third floor of the GLC.
Among the countries facing the crisis, another group of students were assigned to participate as the UNC Security Council members delegating laws and political stances to each other via Slack.
Throughout the simulation, students were debriefed by ORU alumna International Lawyer, Patricia Apy via Zoom in each room.
“I am very pleased with how it went this year; it was nice how we had a different theme than the years past. Usually we focus more on the Middle East, but this year we wanted to spice it up do something different and focus on regions ORU hasn’t really focused on before,” said Emily Goelzer, a senior International Relations major who worked with Libertus on the project.