Club Feature: Model United Nations

Category:  News
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 at 6:09 PM

Every Monday night at 8:45 p.m. on the third floor of the Pogue Student Center, one can find a group of diplomatic students meeting for the Model United Nations Club (Model UN).

In Model UN, each group of students, referred to as a delegation, is assigned a country to represent. Those delegations attend various conferences and try to solve real world issues from the point of view of their assigned country. These topics can range anywhere from climate control to human rights.

President of the club, Lauren Pierson, says their club spends most of the year preparing for an international conference in New York City called the National Model United Nations Conference. Approximately 2,000 students from universities worldwide participate in this week-long conference.

Pierson states this is the 13th year the club will participate in this conference. This year, Edinboro’s team will represent Greece. Some committees at this conference include: Commission on the Status of Women, Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, United Nations Children’s Fund and World Health Organization, among many other committees.

“We close the conference in the actual United Nations building. For a student in political science like me, that is totally surreal,” she said.

“Students have the opportunity to make a difference in the world, quite literally. Some of the resolutions that are developed at this conference have actually been adopted by the real United Nations.”

There is no fee to join the club, but each member is responsible for a $50 personal contribution, as well as money for food and souvenirs if they plan to attend the conference. Pierson states that although most of the time students will be hard at work debating world issues, there will be time for sight-seeing in Times Square where they will spend the entire week.

“I’ve developed some great leadership skills, as well as public speaking and negotiating skills. It is such a great opportunity to destigmatize politics as something you can and should talk about,” Pierson said.

If you are interested in joining the Model UN Club, please contact Lauren Pierson at lp124237@scots.edinboro.edu.

Dakota Palmer is the Online Editor for The Spectator.

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