Clarion University had 14 students participate in the National Model United Nations Conference in New York.
As delegates for the Republic of Costa Rica, they interacted with many other delegations in seven different UN committees and worked on resolution papers on different crucial topics. Both business and non-business majors attend this conference every year.
The students received an Honorable Mention Delegation Award at the closing ceremony, which was held in the UN headquarters in New York.
Clarion University economics professor Dr. Sandra Trejos also was able to network with other faculty members, who either teach a Model UN class or advise a Model UN club, as well as attend faculty sessions.
“The range of skills the students develop at this conference is extensive (speaking, writing, research, negotiation, cooperation, diplomacy) and I hope we can pursue this opportunity further given the experiential learning to experience,” Trejos said.
Because the students represented Costa Rica at the event, some of the students also are planning to complete the summer course in Costa Rica this year.
According to the National Model United Nations website, “NMUN annually draws participants from more than 130 UN member states to address current global issues. Our experiential learning programs, including the world's largest university-level Model UN, provide students with a forum to hone skills in diplomacy, negotiation, critical thinking, compromise, public speaking, writing, and research. Students benefit from our longstanding partnership with the UN and utilize simulation procedural rules developed decades ago with UNITAR. Our New York conferences culminate at UN Headquarters with thousands of students in attendance.”