Students Represent Georgia and Kyrgyzstan in Model UN

Hamilton's participants in the University of Pennsylvania's Model UN.
Hamilton's participants in the University of Pennsylvania's Model UN.
Eleven Hamilton students participated in the University of Pennsylvania Model United Nations Conference (UPMUNC) Nov. 12 - 15 in Philadelphia. The conference drew approximately 1,400 delegates. The keynote speaker at the opening ceremony was Scott Harrison, founder of the non-profit organization Charity: Water, which aims to provide safe, clean drinking water to those in less-developed nations.

Students attending from Hamilton were Leah Berryhill ’13, Philippe Coleman ’12, Eve Denton ’12, Mihai Dohotaru ’13 Sam Doyon ’12, Allison Fried ’13, Jasmina Hodzic ’13, Brandon Moore ’12, Erich Romero ’12, Elizabeth Scholz ’13, and Stephanie Shapiro ’12. They represented the delegations from Georgia and Kyrgyzstan on a variety of committees including the Disarmament and International Security Committee, The World Health Organization, the Special Political and Decolonization Committee, and the Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian Council.

In preparing for the conference, Hamilton students conducted extensive research with the help of Government Professor Ted Lehmann, the MUN faculty advisor, in order to accurately portray Georgia and Kyrgyzstan at the conference.

Students developed public speaking and writing skills while they acted as delegates of the United Nations, taking part in international negotiations and creating resolutions with other delegates for some of the world's most pressing issues. Debated topics included the illicit small arms trade in Africa and preventing 21st century colonization.

Among the delegates of the more than 100 countries in the United Nations, there were also students representing prominent NGOs. These NGOs acted as advisors to the delegates to assist them in developing solutions to the problems at hand. The global issues that were discussed were pertinent and substantive; delegates are given the opportunity to face some of the serious challenges of international diplomacy, as well as the strengths and limitations of the UN organization.

Hamilton College Model United Nations has previously attended conferences at Yale University, McGill University, Harvard University, and in Washington D.C. Model United Nations is funded by Student Assembly, the Levitt Center, and the Office of the President.
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