NEW YORK CITY, NY – The Indiana University Model United Nations team earned a major honor at the National Model UN conference in New York City.
The delegation was awarded the title “Distinguished.” The designation is reserved for the best 10 percent of delegations overall at the annual event that attracts thousands of Model UN participants from around the world.
Each university delegation represents a nation and the IU group was appointed to serve the Republic of Senegal, a country in West Africa. In a series of committee hearings, the delegates skillfully represented what they perceived to be the Senegal viewpoint on issues ranging from peacekeeping to women’s rights.
“I learned how to take existing UN accomplishments and take my research to craft new and effective policy solutions,” said IU student Victoria Brown.
In addition to learning about international relations, the students gain valuable team building, policy research and public speaking skills. “My coursework at SPEA and my work with our student club at IU prepared me for this,” said student William Nicholas. “I had the necessary critical thinking skills to manage a large group of delegates to work toward solutions that incorporated many diverse perspectives.”
In addition to the team honors, IU student Nick Ceryak won an award for the best position paper in a committee on the Non Proliferation Treaty Review Conference.
The Model UN team is led by SPEA professor Susan Siena. It is sponsored by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. The team runs a February conference for high school students as well as a summer camp.