1st International Model UN conference a huge success

A huge congratulation is due to the Webster University Model United Nations team for its extremely successful performance at its first international Model UN conference,  MEDMUN in Menton, France!  Our Model UN team sent 17 students to participate and compete against students from other prestigious participating universities—such as SciencesPo, LSE, Princeton, MIT and Cambridge —and came out as champions.  Webster students received the second-highest number of awards of all participating universities, only coming after Colgate University, and two of our students received the Best Delegate awards.

Dennis Heumann (head of Webster MUN delegation) gave the following report about the conference:

“Webster Students received the following awards: Emily Bantelman — Best Delegate in Human Rights Council;  Sofia Lozovic —Best Delegate in the United States Cabinet Crisis Committee as Chuck Hagel; Tyler Schmitt — Honorable Mention in the Special Pirates of the Mediterranean Committee;  Jenna Hopkins —Honorable Mention in the IAEA Committee. However, all the Webster Delegates performed extremely well. I would also like to point out a few more delegates that made names for themselves at the conference, especially Ahmed Ahmed, who served in the Arab League Committee. He was extremely knowledgeable and even gave a guest lecture to the members of the IAEA committee on behalf of the Arab League on the topic of creating a nuclear weapon free zone in the Middle East. Allan Castillo also impressed the organizers by his excellent speaking skills and his ability to adapt to different situations. First serving in the Iraqi Cabinet, he ended up representing China in the Security Council after his cabinet was “kidnapped” in the Crisis. The Secretary-General of the conference was highly impressed by our performance. The Webster Delegates always showed up on time, and represented Webster in the best light possible. I was very impressed with the amount of dedication that everyone put in."

The club grew out of Model United Nations class that is being offered this semester by Dr. Elina Brutschin.  The eight students in the course wanted to extend the opportunity to participate to the entire student body and beyond the spring semester.  Their enthusiasm has obviously paid off; there are over fifty members in the club and they successfully planned their own participation in the conference with minimal external support, and are already starting preparations for their next potential simulation in Cambridge in the fall!

The club, organized through the International Relations Department, holds and attends simulated UN conferences.  Students participate as country delegates, formulating their own political positions based on the countries they represent.  Model UN helps participants develop research, public speaking, debating, writing, teamwork, critical thinking and leadership skills.

If you think you are interested in the Model UN team, why not join them in action? The Model UN class will hold its final simulation on Saturday April 26th at 14:00 and will debate the question, “How does the international community maintain accountability on the use of drone strikes?”.  All Webster students are welcome to participate in the simulation.