SFSU MPA Student Compete in the NASPAA-Batten Competition

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

SFSU MPA students, Chris Pflaumer and Melissa Plageman, participated in the NASPAA-Batten student simulation competition last weekend. The competition was a day-long event giving graduate students the experience of handling real-life policy decision making. This year, the topic for the simulation focused on the refugee crisis and migration. Students were assigned to teams to represent cabinet members of virtual countries. When policy decisions were entered into the simulation, outcomes such as the budget, favorability, human rights attainment, and employment levels of the country and citizens could be assessed. Although their country did not win the game, Chris and Melissa learned a lot about migration policy and the importance of working together regionally to solve humanitarian crises such as those simulated in the game.