Texas Wesleyan students participated in the 57th Midwest Model United Nations held in St. Louis, Missouri. Model UN (MUN) allows students to learn about the UN, international issues and policy-making, and acquire leadership, negotiating and procedural skills in large organizations. The Midwest MUN had about 250 students from 40 colleges.
This was the first time Wesleyan students have participated in Model UN. The students represented Bolivia and were led by head delegate Heather Phillips. The delegation was made up of the following students: Alexis Campbell, Janett Garcia, Andrea Gutierrez, Zurra Hemani, Nasrullah Saileb, Sylvester Spencer, and Elsa Tovar. The Wesleyan delegates participated in the MUN General Assembly and four of its committees which addressed a variety of topics including terrorism, development, and international law.
"We were all novices at this Model UN but the team did really well, given the steep learning curve. We have a foundation to build on for next year's simulation," Trevor Morris, professor of political science and MUN faculty advisor, said. "We were the only school from Texas and it gave our students a chance to interact with students from over a dozen states and showcase the university and their talents."
For the next Model UN, the Texas Wesleyan delegation will represent Colombia and will expand their assignments to include a delegate on the World Intellectual Property Organization's Diplomatic Conference. All Wesleyan students can apply to participate in next year's Model UN team. Selections will be made during the fall semester. For more information, contact Dr. Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org.