Support Pace Model UN Crowdfunding Campaign for #GivingTuesday!

Participating in a new “Pace Effect” crowdfunding campaign, The Pace University New York City Model United Nations program is raising money to support students’ costs of travelling to the Geneva International Model United Nations (GIMUN) conference in Switzerland in 2014.

We are trying to raise $1,915 in two months — check out the campaign and support us with a small donation, a Tweet or Facebook update!

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Model United Nations Program Featured in Pace Pulse

The Pace Pulse featured the Pace University New York City Model United Nations program in its November newsletter today, highlighting the students’ excellent performance at the 2013 National Model United Nations conference in Washington DC.

To read their article, click here.

 

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Delegate Reflection: Learning How to Use Political Structures to Benefit the World

Pace University New York City student Diana Mendez '15 (second from left), representing Kenya in a simulation of the International Conference on Population and Development at the 2013 National Model UN conference in Washington DC.

Pace University New York City student Diana Mendez ’15 (second from left), representing Kenya in a simulation of the International Conference on Population and Development at the 2013 National Model UN conference in Washington DC.

After taking the Model United Nations class this semester, I am unable to compare this course to any other course offered at Pace University. You learn about political restraints, international and national relationships, and how to use political structures to benefit the world.

Once we got to the 2013 National Model United Nations conference in Washington DC, all these lessons were demonstrated again, where you need to work with other countries to create global change; supervised by the chairperson of the committee. I needed to experience the Model UN conference in order to understand Political Science. After the conference, I now know how impactful Political Science is to the world.

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Delegate Reflection: Model UN Made Me Want to Pursue a Career in International Relations

 

Pace University New York City student Lindita Capric '17 (right) with other delegates in a simulation of the UN General Assembly Second Committee at the 2013 National Model UN conference in Washington DC.

Pace University New York City student Lindita Capric ’17 (right) with other delegates in a simulation of the UN General Assembly Second Committee at the 2013 National Model UN conference in Washington DC.

 

The 2013 National Model United Nations conference in Washington DC was an exceptional learning experience that allowed us to implement what we learned in class into a hands-on simulation that challenged us on all levels.

We not only learned about policymaking protocol and how the United Nations functions, we also studied current international topics, and refined public speaking skills and persuasive writing tactics. Overall, the class and conference proved educational and exciting.

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Application for Geneva International Model United Nations 2014 Conference

Introductory Ceremony - General -- 19 March -- Photo by GimunPace University’s New York City Model UN program is planning to help cover the costs of between eight and 15 students (depending on the number of eligible applicants and costs of flights) who wish to attend the prestigious Geneva International Model United Nations (GIMUN) conference, held at the UN’s Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 21-29 March 2014. The conference will be held in simultaneously in both English and French.

Unlike with most Model UN conferences, GIMUN “accepts individual delegates and not delegations” – students can apply to participate as Delegates. Pace Model UN students will travel together and stay together with the MUN faculty advisor, Dr. Matthew Bolton. However, they will participate in their own delegations, not necessarily alongside other Pace students.

Pending final approval from the administration, Pace University will cover much of the cost of participation, including conference fees, flights and internal transportation and housing. However, participants accepted to go on the trip will need to make a contribution of around $400-500 (exact amount to be determined), plus any passport, visa, medical or vaccination costs you need to be able to travel and your own food and entertainment costs.

To take advantage of this opportunity, you will need to go through a two-step application process:

  1. You will need to complete an application to the Pace NYC MUN program, which will include a draft of your application to GIMUN by 25 November at midnight at the latest (late submissions will not be accepted).
  2. If you are approved by Pace NYC MUN program, then you will need to submit your application directly to GIMUN by 6 December (you alone will be responsible for making sure this is completed and will need to forward the application receipt to Dr. Bolton).

To download an the application, click here. Note that there are eligibility restrictions on this opportunity, so please read through the document carefully. Also note that no late applications will be accepted.

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Delegate Reflection: Learning to Adapt and Be Patient

Pace University students Ashley Espinosa '15 visit the Capitol during the 2013 National Model UN conference in Washington DC.

Pace University student Ashley Espinosa ’15 visits the Capitol during the 2013 National Model UN conference in Washington DC.

At Model United Nations conferences students from all over the country get together to simulate the real United Nations.  By assuming the role of an ambassador, students replicate and discuss real world issues.  It brings out the good and the bad of all the students while keeping the environment educational and enjoyable.  Learning to adapt and to listen and be patient is crucial in making sure everyone is happy with the end result.  In the end, my experience at the 2013 National Model United Nations conference in Washington DC was challenging but rewarding. I hope future students get to experience this everlasting bittersweet feeling.

To read more about Pace University’s participation in the 2013 Model UN conference in Washington DC, click here.

- Ashley Espinosa ’15, who, along with her delegation partner Hannah Liot ’15, represented Argentina in a simulation of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). The Pace students representing Argentina received an “Distinguished Delegation” award from conference for their excellent work.

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Delegate Reflection: Model UN has Changed the Way I Go about Disagreements

capitol hillAt the National Model United Nations conference in Washington DC this semester, I was fortunately allowed the exciting opportunity to practice diplomacy alongside fellow students from all over the world, while taking in the breathtaking historic atmosphere of the nation’s capital.

The collaborative spirit that is emphasized in the Model UN class really allowed me to cope with the situation when I got to my committee, where there were many factors within our committee that were working against the delegates. The diplomatic manner of approaching others that is emphasized in class allowed me to make great advances within the committee, but also allowed me to feel more pride in what I had accomplished, knowing that I had done it the proper way.

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