St. Petersburg College’s Model UN team continued its strong legacy of team success at last week’s virtual Model UN conference hosted by National Model United Nations (NMUN). Indeed, the team captured the prestigious Distinguished Delegation award. This award places us in the top 10 percent of all the colleges and universities that competed at the conference.
Additionally, Angela Li, one of the head delegates for our team, was honored with the Outstanding Delegate award for her work in her committee (UNECE). Altogether, our students represented Croatia, Germany and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Important Topics; Important Skills
Given the determination and resilience that it takes to get one mentally prepared and motivated to compete at an academic simulation that takes place virtually (no travel perks), we are immensely proud of our students. This enriching learning experience strengthened a variety of important skills for our students, which include public speaking, research, writing, negotiating, consensus building and diplomacy. In fact, as recently discussed by several MUN faculty members and others in the Social & Behavioral Sciences, the growth and development that we have seen in our MUN students during the last few months has been incredible. Some of the topics that our students debated at the conference include:
- Climate Change & Health
- Sustainable Development
- Disaster Risk Reduction
- The Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- Establishment of a Nuclear Free Zone in the Middle East
- The Illicit Trade of Small Arms
- The Situation in Yemen
- The Right to Privacy in the Digital Age
- Combating Racism and Xenophobia
Despite the challenges of motivating our students and competing at Model UN conferences virtually, SPC’s Model UN team had an outstanding 2020-2021 academic year. During the Fall 2020 semester, our students also won the Distinguished Delegation award at the NMUN DC virtual conference and Outstanding Delegation at SRMUN Charlotte virtual conference.
A Successful Decade
Finally, it is important to note that this concludes the tenth year of Model United Nations at SPC. As the record shows, through the dedication of our students, especially veteran leaders, faculty members and our inspiring Dean, the honorable Dr. Joseph Smiley, SPC’s Model UN team has become a formidable force at MUN conferences. For instance, while there is only a 20 percent chance that a college delegation captures a team delegation at a conference, our Model UN team has won a team delegation award at 84 percent of the conferences attended. Even more, SPC’s Model UN team is on an eight-year winning streak as it has won either Outstanding, Distinguished or Honorable Mention at all NMUN conferences since 2013 and has received either the Outstanding or the Distinguished Delegation award at all NMUN conferences since 2015.
At the end of the day, six years of placing in the top 10 percent nationally is an incredible feat, especially when one considers that our students are competing against juniors and seniors from top universities across the country and the world. Therefore, a special thanks to our students and faculty, as well as Dean Smiley and SPC President Dr. Tonjua Williams for continuing to support and strengthen this amazing program.
Recognition and Thanks
Team members (and respective committees) for the Spring 2021 Model UN Team:
Nile Jordan Nickel (SC) (Head Delegate)
Delaney Redmond (NPT)
Jacey Cannon (GA2)
Angela Li (UNECE) (Head Delegate)
Alyvia Hallock (GA3)
Alexandra Lanni (UNEA)
Jakob Wiley (GA1)
Isabel Fraley (GA3)
Ashley De Oliveira (UNHCR)
Chloe Bethune (UNEA)
Christine Yu (UNHCR)
Stephanie Duarte (HRC)
Mikayla Stott (HRC)
Felix Nickel (WHO)
Veteran Evan Fergenbaum also provided special assistance throughout the training/preparation phase. We appreciate it!
Faculty Members who support/train MUN students are:
Dr. Douglas Rivero
Dr. Randy Lightfoot
Dr. Roberto Loureiro
Dr. Gyldas Ofoulhast-Othamot
Dr. Bledar Prifti
Dr. William Fleming