MONTICELLO, AR — Five political science students from the University of Arkansas at Monticello participated in the 2015 Collegiate Model United Nations Conference hosted recently by Arkansas Tech University.
The conference brought together delegations from universities across Arkansas, including Arkansas State, ASU-Beebe, Arkansas Tech, the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville and the University of Central Arkansas.
UAM’s five-person delegation was comprised of Ashley Lawrence, a senior political science major from Warren, Leslie Beard, a senior political science and psychology double major from Monticello, Emily Mendiola, a junior political science major from Hamburg, Christian ‘Dakota’ Blakney, a junior political science and social work double major from El Dorado, and Sanpreet ‘Ruby’ Kaur, a junior psychology major from Greenville, Miss.
The Model United Nations is an academic simulation event that puts students in the role of global leaders and diplomats who are attempting to fix important real-world problems. The event breaks each delegation into three committees: the General Assembly first committee on Disarmament and International Security, the General Assembly second committee on Economics and Finance and the General Assembly third committee on Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs.
As part of the simulation event, delegates participate in mock committee sessions where they discuss issues such as the Syrian civil war, terrorism, post-transition nation building, how to handle the growing international refugee crisis, the protection of heritage sites during times of war and the promotion and implementation of sustainable development programs in developing countries.
“This event builds academic skill sets, given that students discuss and debate their assigned committee topics using parliamentary procedure,” explained Dr. Carol Strong, associate professor of political science. “They build coalitions of countries with similar ideas on an issue, write concrete proposals to solve the problems discussed and eventually vote to have their ideas turned into legislation.”
Ashley Lawrence called the Model U.N. “an exciting and intellectually liberating experience. When you step into the mock committee room, your entire perception of the world changes, because you have to put yourself in the role of the leaders of the country which you represent. This event challenged my abilities of cooperation, communication and leadership and allowed me to network with students from universities across Arkansas.”
“I couldn’t be more proud of these students,” said Strong. “This is the fourth year that we have attended this event and once again, I was reminded of the quality of students that I work with daily at UAM. Students such as these always make this job well worth the effort!”
For more information, contact Strong at (870) 460-1687.
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