Students participate, win honors at Model United Nations event

Nineteen students in a new Model United Nations course at Western Carolina University recently participated in the Southern Regional Model United Nations Conference in Atlanta, and brought home two honors.

At the event, approximately 700 college students from 48 institutions assumed the roles of ambassadors from different countries and interacted for three days as if they were at work at the United Nation. The WCU team represented two countries at the conference – Denmark and Belgium, said Jennifer Schiff, assistant professor of political science and public affairs who taught the course.

“Our students entered the conference with a working knowledge of current international political issues, practiced their oral presentation skills through giving speeches on those issues and sharpened their writing skills through forming coalitions and writing draft resolutions that were then voted on by the rest of the simulation participants,” said Schiff. “In the end, our students had a lot of fun, learned a lot and performed well.”

Two students, Andy Miller, a senior from Candler majoring in philosophy and international studies, and Tim Franklin, a junior from Morganton majoring in political science with a minor in economics, were recognized by their committees as notable delegates. Miller represented Denmark in the social, humanitarian and cultural affairs committee. Franklin represented Denmark in the event’s conference on trade and development. He said the experience taught him to be prepared and have as many ideas as possible. “My award was based on helping other countries interact with one another and helping get the resolutions to other delegates in the conference,” said Franklin.

For more information, contact Schiff at 828-227-3860 or jsschiff@wcu.edu.