Students Participate in 2013 Model UN Conference
In November 2013, the weekend before Thanksgiving, twelve Calvin College students joined 1,400 other college students from across the nation at the American Model United Nations (AMUN) Conference in Chicago. This conference is designed to simulate the operation of the United Nations, and involves three and one-half days of intensive, back-to-back simulations of various United Nations committees and commissions. Approximately 100 colleges from the United States and abroad represented 130 countries at the conference.
In 2013, Calvin represented Jordan on the General Assembly Plenary and its First, Second, Third and Fourth Committees. Calvin students also represented Jordan on the Special Committee for Peacekeeping Operations.
The conference provides an excellent opportunity to learn negotiation skills, gain public speaking experience, and practice diplomacy during intense and long periods of debate. Students gain a greater appreciation of the possibilities for and pitfalls of international cooperation.
Dr. Becca McBride of the political science department serves as advisor for Calvin's MUN group, and taught this year’s related course, POLS 285 Model United Nations. Starting fall 2014, Calvin will represent Iran at the conference and Dr. Becca McBride will continue to serve as the group’s advisor.