Model United Nations Team Wins Awards

Model United Nations

St. Petersburg College’s Model United Nations team received the Distinguished Delegation Award at the National Model United Nations (NMUN) Conference held on November 9-11 in Washington, DC. Distinguished Delegation is received by delegations that place in the top 10 percent.

Model United NationsChris Kiyaseh and Joanna Wilkins also received an Outstanding Position Paper award, which is awarded to students who place in the top three percent of their committees. The SPC delegation represented the Republic of Rwanda.

College and university students from around the country attend NMUN conferences, where they work in committees to address regional and global issues and adopt resolutions that detail solutions to issues. Schools are assigned a country to represent, and the delegates must remain in character as they discuss issues from the perspective of their assigned country. Overall, students spend many hours researching committee topics, along with their country’s history and position on the committee topics. They must also attend committee practice sessions.

Our students do outstanding work at MUN conferences. We are extremely proud of them for their hard work and dedication. They are excellent ambassadors for the MUN Program and St. Petersburg College.

Some committee topics addressed:

Increasing the Role of Civil Society in Sustainable Development
Natural Disasters and Climate Change: Mitigating the Effects
Addressing the Use of Chemical Weapons
The Role of Emerging Technologies in International Security and Disarmament
Protecting the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Emergencies
Treatment and Prevention of HIV/AIDS
Mitigating the Impact of Environmental Health Risks
Expanding Protection for Victims of Gender-Based Violence
Protecting Migrants from the Threat of Human Trafficking
Economic Integration of Migrants

Students also had the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational excursions. The team received a tour of Congress by Congressman Bilirakis’ office and had the opportunity to visit the State Department. They discussed career opportunities and learned about Rwanda from a Foreign Service officer from the Bureau of African Affairs.

Model United NationsProfessor Kim Jackson traveled with the team and me. Additional MUN faculty members who assist students in preparing for conferences include Dr. Roberto Loureiro, Dr. Randy Lightfoot, Dr. William Fleming and Professor Roy Slater.

Visit the SPC Model United Nations Facebook page for pictures from DC and other MUN conferences.

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