Hiram College

Garfield Crisis Simulation

June 19-22, 2019

What is it?

This four-day residential crisis simulation on the Hiram College campus lets students take on the role of U.S. government agencies, foreign governments and international organizations, to learn about problems and talk through solutions.

Guided by career members of the U.S. armed forces, teams of students will react to the others’ moves in real time as part of this hands-on learning exercise.

This Year’s Theme

Decoding the Russian Riddle

Is Russia a serious threat to US national security? Is it a potential ally? Or is it a relatively harmless state with a rapidly-diminishing role on the world stage? In this crisis simulation exercise, students — acting as the US, Russian, and other governments — will respond to an international crisis in which they’re obliged to determine the true nature of Russian intentions and capabilities.


$375, including room and board.

College Credit Opportunity

Ohio high school students have the opportunity to earn one (1) college credit for this simulation (POLS 28000 Course) through the College Credit Plus program.  There is no additional fee to the family to receive college credit for Ohio high school students.  In order to take advantage of this credit opportunity, students must do the following:

  1. Complete the registration and payment below for the simulation.  You can still attend the simulation, even if you do not take it for college credit!
  2. Speak to their high school guidance counselor and complete the College Credit Plus intent form by April 1, 2019.
  3. Complete Hiram College’s College Credit Plus Application.
  4. Send in your transcripts and ACT, SAT, or ACCUPLACER results to Brittany Jackson (JacksonB1@hiram.edu or by mail:  Brittany Jackson, P.O. Box 67, Hiram, OH 44234).
  5. If you are accepted to take this for CCP credit, you will receive a letter with a notice.
  6. For questions about the College Credit Plus application process, please contact Brittany Jackson (JacksonB1@hiram.edu or 330.569.5380).

Scholarship Opportunity

Hiram College will award a $1,000 Summer Academy Scholarship to every high school student who attends a 2019 summer academy and enrolls as a full time student at Hiram College. The scholarship is renewable each year for up to four years. Only one Summer Academy Scholarship will be awarded per new student.


The 2019 Garfield Crisis Simulation is aimed at high school students who are rising sophomores, juniors and seniors. Please submit one registration form and one payment per student.  Registration is now closed.

+ Pay OnlyIf you have already registered but have not paid, please click the Pay Only link to be directed to the payment screen. Please be aware that the first applicants to complete the registration process in its entirety and submit their full payment will be considered for acceptance.

The total cost for the Garfield Crisis Simulation is $375.  Meals, housing and all activities associated with the workshop are covered in this price.  The online registration form is linked to two online payment options.  Payment arrangements include:

Cost and Payment Arrangements

Online by Credit Card: Hiram College accepts American Express, Discover, and MasterCard.  When paying by credit card, please note that a 2.5% convenience fee will be included in the total amount charged.Online by Electronic Check: There is no convenience fee when paying by E-check.

Reference: On the registration form, students are asked to provide the name, title, telephone number and email address of a teacher or guidance counselor who is willing to serve as a reference on their behalf.  We assume that references are aware that students have used their names and that they may be contacted.

Register Early! Space is Limited!

The first applicants to complete the registration process in its entirety and submit their full payment will be considered for acceptance.  High school students who are rising sophomores, juniors and seniors are welcome to register.  Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is now closed.   Interested students are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

Notification of Acceptance

Once students have registered and paid in full, their registration materials will be reviewed by the faculty leading the workshop.  As soon as a student has been approved, Kathy Luschek will send out an email notifying the student that he or she has been accepted to attend.

A week or so before the Garfield Crisis Simulation, students will receive via email a link to materials for the academy including:

Refund Policy

Full payment must accompany registration to be considered for acceptance.  A full refund will be issued for those students not accepted into the workshop.  Students who choose to withdraw at least three weeks prior to the first day of the workshop will receive a 50% refund.  No refunds will be made after that date.

Kathy Luschek Headshot

Kathy Luschek

Garfield Institute for Public Leadership