Model United Nations
SPELMAN AT THE HAGUE
Ten Spelman students traveled to The Hague in the Netherlands to attend the Harvard Classic World Model United Nations (WORLDMUM) Conference from March 22 through March 27, 2009. Model United Nations is an educational and training activity that requires students to simulate the complex work carried out by international diplomats within the context of the various organs and deliberative bodies of the United Nations System.
Students assume the role of “diplomats” from United Nations member states and seek, through debate and negotiation, common solutions to critical issues on the global agenda. Students wrote “resolutions” based on their research of global issues and prepared oral presentations to garner support for the passage of the “resolutions.” Interacting with students from different countries provided the students with a unique opportunity to learn the value of intercultural communication, a skill that cannot be acquired in the classroom. Despite the large number of delegates attending the 2009 conference a Spelman delegate Chenelle Norman won an outstanding delegate award. We are especially proud of Chenelle; this is her third WORLDMUN outstanding delegate award.
Since the goals and objectives of Model UN are consistent with the Spelman mission to prepare students to excel in a global context, the international experience is vital to the success of the goals of the International Affairs Center. The 2009 conference offered a unique educational experience. Situated in The Hague, a city with membership in an exclusive group of “international cities,” the conference included visits to the many international organizations in the city. As the legal capital of the international community The Hague is also home to the United Nations International Court of Justice. The court is located in the most photographed building in The Hague, the Peace Palace. The Spelman delegation was housed in a hotel two blocks away from the Peace Palace.
2, 451 delegates participated from 5 continents –Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific, South America, Africa and 275 Colleges and Universities
Universities and Colleges represented (selected) – Universidad Simon Bolivar, Universite de Geneve, London School of Economics, Brown University, Colgate University, Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, International British Institute, Florida State University, George Washington University, Istanbul University Faculty of Law, Johns Hopkins University, Pontifica Comillas de Madrid, National University of Singapore, Peking University, Princeton University, Universidad de Granada, Sung Kyun Kwan University, Sookmyung Women’s University, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, SZABIST Karachi, TU Dresden, Berry College, and College of Europe
Kyasha Moore, Senior International Studies Major (co Head Delegate)
Elan Mitchell, Senior International Studies Major (co Head Delegate)
Chenelle Norman, Senior Biology Major
Shaunicie Fielder, Senior Political Science Major
Kari Hatcher, Senior International Studies Major
Jayla Randleman, Junior English Major
Rebecca Jeudin, Junior International Studies Major
Brittanye Mackey, Sophomore International Studies and French Major
Aleia Hornsby, Sophomore, Political Science Major
Alicia Sheares, Freshman, Undecided
Faculty Advisor: Jeanne T. Meadows
The Spelman College Model United Nations (MUN) team attended the
Southern Regional Model United Nations (SRMUN) conference from November 20-22, 2008 in Atlanta. This year the conference centered on sustainability, which was applied to international topics including human rights, nuclear energy, poverty, agricultural development and famine.
The Spelman delegation represented the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the Republic of Madagascar. The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia delegates, received a "Distinctive Delegation" award. Kyasha Moore received an "Outstanding Delegate" award.
The team began preparation in September. The primary skills necessary for effective Model UN participation are researching international issues, learning diplomatic techniques, and honing public speaking skills. The preparation was led by Dr. Jeanne Meadows, who is the Director of the International Affairs Center and the Model United Nations advisor.
SRMUN delegates: Breyon Dixon, Shaunicie Fielder, Kari Hatcher, Aleia Hornsby, Chenelle Norman, Brittanye Mackey, Elan Mitchell (head delegate), Kyasha Moore (head delegate), India Robinson, Candace Shaw, Alicia Sheares, Ve'lyn Sheets, Kristina Small, and Tiffany Tellis.
The team is currently preparing for the Harvard World Model United Nations Conference, which will be held in the Hague, Netherlands.
Students interested in Model United Nations must be willing to research issues in international affairs and diplomacy. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
to receive further information or visit Ms. Zadie Long in the International Affairs Center on the 4th floor of Cosby. Want to learn more about the Model U.N.?
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