2024 Schuman Challenge

April 4, 2024

On April 4 and 5, two undergraduate students, accompanied by one of their advisors, Rachaël Longuépée, had the opportunity to present at the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. Lisette Gomez-Galvan and Christopher Ojeda collaborated with their program advisors at the Institute of European Studies to participate in the Schuman Challenge, an annual foreign affairs competition. Their approach centered on how the European Union and the United States could fortify collaboration with Latin America, particularly Mexico, by prioritizing shared goals of global peace and security in the fight against drug trafficking. The judges were impressed by their innovative approach and commended them for raising awareness to vital topics such as femicide, labor rights, and the USMCA multilateral trade agreement. The competition enabled the students to strengthen their grasp of global affairs and partake in rigorous dialogue regarding transatlantic issues. Additionally, they had the opportunity to network and engage with the EU Ambassador to the United States, Jovita Neliupšienė, the Chief of Staff of the Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Celia A. Prince, and representatives from various sections of the Delegation in D.C.