Midwestern State University Model UN team has returned home victorious for the third straight year from a national Model UN conference.
This past week MSU Model UN team traveled to New York City where they competed in a national conference while representing Estonia. MSU was awarded four individual Outstanding Position paper awards and Distinguished Delegation.
“Model UN is a learning simulation in which students role-play the delegation of a country in the United Nations. This year we were the Republic of Estonia. Students serve on various committees organized by policy area, and they are charged with developing solutions to existing global problems such as combating micro-plastics in the ocean, gender mainstreaming in UN peacekeepers, or financing development in the developing world, to mention just a few. Model UN epitomizes the core mission of a Liberal Arts curriculum in that it is a multi-disciplinary activity requiring students to conduct independent research, critically examine a real-world problem, develop a solution to this problem, and then convince their competitors that their solution is the most effective. This high-impact learning practice requires students to utilize research, critical thinking, communication, and, most importantly, leadership skills. To be successful students must speak publicly on their solution, as well as build coalitions of supporters to have it adopted.” Steve Garrison, Director of the Redwine honors program, said.
MSU was one of six schools invited to ask a question of keynote speaker, Franz Baumann, Assistant Secretary-General, UN, former special adviser on environment and peace operations.