Total of four awards extends 61-year legacy
New York, NY. November 2, 2011 — Pace University‘s Model United Nations program from the New York City campus was the only team from almost 70 participating institutions to garner two “distinguished delegation” awards at this fall’s National Model United Nations conference in Washington, DC. The Pace program pulled in four awards altogether, extending a Pace record of Model UN success that now goes back 61 years.
The conference, known as NMUN DC, brought together over 400 students from higher education institutions around the world for a three day chance to learn the challenges and rewards of multilateral diplomacy in the nation’s capital. Other participants came from such well-known campuses as Texas Christian University, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of California at Riverside, the University of Colorado at Boulder and Hunter College of the City University of New York.
From Pace, over 25 Model UN student s participated in simulations of the Security Council, General Assembly committees, the Commission on the Status of Women, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
The judges named the eight Pace students representing Colombia and the 12 who represented the United Kingdom among the conference’s eight “Distinguished Delegations.” The six Pace students in the group representing the Philippines were awarded one of the 11 “Honorable Mentions.” Among the 16 “Outstanding Delegates” recognized by fellow participants were Cassandra Stimpson ’13 and Zachary Tierney ‘14, who represented Colombia in the Commission on the Status of Women.
Small arms proliferation, gender-based violence, poverty, religious repression, and insecurity in the Middle East were among the issues conference participants discussed. They also heard policy briefings and keynote speeches by representatives of the US State Department, the Arms Control Association, the US Peace Corps, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
“We are each responsible to raise global awareness about the United Nations and its mission,” Jennifer Hathaway Spalding, the NMUN DC 2011 Secretary-General, told participants. “I hope you return home with a renewed sense of purpose and a deeper appreciation of what it means to be a global citizen.”
Pace will next participate in a gathering at the UN in New York City April 1 through 7. The Washington event ran during the weekend of October 21 to 23.
The intense preparation of the Pace MUN team takes place only two express subway stops from the iconic United Nations complex on the East River. The New York City Model UN team has a 61-year history of excellence in regional, national and international competitions. In October 1950, Pace fielded its first Model UN team, representing Ecuador at the ‘Intercollegiate Model Meeting of the United Nations Security Council’ at the UN headquarters just a year after the buildings were built. Teams from Pace’s Westchester County campus in Pleasantville, New York also have regularly been successful.
In recent years the teams have maintained this proud legacy by winning recognition at prestigious competitions for the ability to cogently analyze complex global issues, engage articulately in policy debate and propose compelling solutions. In 2007, Pace New York City and Westchester Model UN teams together set the record for first place awards per university at the National Model UN conference in New York City (http://www.pace.edu/dyson/dyson-news/dyson-digital-digest/spring-2007/mun-awards-set-record). Pace consistently has won numerous awards in that annual competition and many others. In 2011, the team took home the most awards (tied with another university) from the 2011 North American Model UN conference in Toronto (http://namun.org/?page_id=920).
Key to the Pace NYC Model UN program’s formula for success is the role of its student Head Delegates, Amanda Corsaro ’12, Krupa Patel ’12, Katie James ’14 and Michael Zona ’13, who act as co-facilitators with the Faculty Advisor, helping to teaching classes, organizing logistics, mentoring junior delegates and leading their fellow students.
“I couldn’t be more thankful for such an amazing experience,” said Corsaro, who has been a member of the program since 2010 and is a criminal justice and political science double major. “Model UN has not only made me a better person, but it has also opened my arms to a new family.”
Model UN at Pace is uniquely integrated into the Political Science curriculum. Model UN is offered both as a class, in which students are exposed to lectures, exercises and simulations designed to prepare them to participate in conferences, and as a student club. The class – POL303A and POL303C– is offered every semester and can be taken three times for credit. For further information about Model UN at Pace’s New York City Campus, visit http://www.pacenycmun.org
“We believe that Model UN fosters students’ familiarity with world politics, cross-cultural awareness, leadership capacity, public speaking abilities, knowledge of legislative rules of order, and problem-solving skills,” said the faculty advisor, Matthew Bolton, PhD, an assistant professor of Political Science in New York City. “The Model UN program nurtures the kind of global citizenship and thinking professionalism to which Pace is dedicated in its educational mission.”
About Pace University
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