Pace NYC Model UN: 2016/2017 in Review

Pace University New York City Model UN students visiting UN Headquarters during Fall 2016 semester.

Pace University Model United Nations students represented their university very well this year, with a strong showing in three conferences:

  • They took home 14 awards for their excellence in the November 2016 National Model United Nations conference in DC. This tied them second out of 45 universities and institutions in the number of awards received. Read more here.
  • Twelve students participated in the 2017 Scotland Model UN (SCOTMUN) conference, a small but competitive simulation in Edinburgh, UK, 3-5 March 2017. The conference was unusual in that it had students representing the media as well as Member States of the UN. Danyelle Lepardo ’17 received an award for her stellar work as a reporter in the conference. Read more here.
  • They were recognized with six awards at the 2017 National Model UN conference in New York City (NMUN NY), 19-23 March 2017. This tied them 17th out of 153 participating universities and institutions in the number of awards received. Read more here.

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Pace University Students Receive Six Awards Representing Iraq and Tanzania at National Model UN in New York

Hina Shamsi, director of the National Security Project of the ACLU, addresses the opening ceremony of the 2017 National Model UN conference in New York City, saying “all are welcome.”

Pace University New York City Model United Nations students were recognized with six awards at the 2017 National Model UN conference in New York City (NMUN NY), 19-23 March 2017. This tied them 17th (along with California State University-Sacramento and Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics) out of 153 participating universities and institutions in the number of awards received.

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Pace University Model UN Students Gain New Perspectives in Scotland

Twelve students participated in the 2017 Scotland Model UN (SCOTMUN) conference, a small but competitive simulation in Edinburgh, UK, 3-5 March. The conference was unusual in that it had students representing the media as well as Member States of the UN. Danyelle Lepardo ’17 received an award for her stellar work as a reporter in the conference and was joined on the press team by Emily Patterson ’18.

The 2017 Scotland Model UN conference Press Team, including Pace University students Danyelle Lepardo ’17 (third from left) and Emily Patterson ’18 (right).

 

“Going abroad taught me about other cultures and provided me with a new perspective and outlook on the world,” said Mary-Lynn Hearn ’19, an incoming Head Delegate of the New York City Model UN program who represented the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in SCOTMUN’s simulation of UNESCO. She and her colleagues are experienced Model UN student who had to go through a rigorous application process to join the Pace delegation to SCOTMUN.

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Model UN Was an Eye-Opener and a Mind-Opener

Participating in the 2017 National Model United Nations conference in New York City (NMUN NY) was one of the best choices I’ve made. I was able to meet many other eager students who came in with an open mind. At NMUN NY, I was able to learn from others and the way that they viewed the topics we were discussing.

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Model UN Taught Me How to Make Underrepresented Voices Heard

Pace University students Malissa Kelly ’19 (forth from the left, seated with laptop) and Curtis Robinson ’19 (seated to her left) representing Iraq in a simulation of the Commission for Social Development at the 2017 National Model UN conference in New York City.

Participating in the 2017 National Model United Nations conference in New York has tested my ability to work in groups. In a Model UN conference, you work alongside numerous big and small personalities. There always seems to be that one individual who tries to lead the whole group, which is very important for organizing a coherent strategy. However, if you are concerned that these types of individuals will overshadow you, do not worry. A great way avoid feeling overshadowed is to communicate with this person who has taken on the leader position. In doing so, you can help lead the group. You can also help those who are very shy be heard in the group. When the same person continues to speak you can stop them and say that another person who has been trying to speak has something to say. This helps the group trust you more, since you care about their voices as well as yours. The most important thing to remember is not to be discouraged. You are not the only one in the group that notices the hierarchy being created. If you work with the majority you will feel like more of a community when working together.

– Malissa Kelly ’19

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Model UN Is a Difficult but Life-Changing Class

David Sharif ’19 showing off the award he and other Pace University New York City students received for representing Iraq at the 2017 National Model United Nations conference in New York.

I am a Political Science major and Peace and Justice Studies minor at Pace University. This semester I got to participate at the 2017 National Model United Nations Conference in New York City, as a student delegate with the Pace New York City Model UN program. I chose to represent Iraq in a simulation of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. Writing my position paper prior to the conference required a lot of editing and preparation, but it motivated me to further develop my research, understand how my committee worked and the organization of the United Nations.

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Advocating for World Heritage at the Scotland Model UN Conference

Pace University New York City students visit Edinburgh Castle during the 2017 Scotland Model UN conference. The blog post’s author, Mary Lynn Hearn ’19, is second from the right.

In March I was given the opportunity to travel to Edinburgh with my Pace University classmates to participate in the 2017 Scotland Model UN (SCOTMUN) conference. This trip was by far one of the best college experiences I have had. There was much to learn on this trip and I am glad that I was able to participate.

The conference itself and the process leading up to it was very educational. The preparation was very fast and close to the conference, so we had to be on our toes at all times and willing to work hard. The style of conference was also different from others I had attended. I was constantly learning and developing new techniques. My chairs were also very helpful and were more than willing to walk us through the rules and procedure if anyone was unsure.

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