By Cecilia Adams ’19, secretary of Hood Model UN
Model United Nations is an organization designed to spread awareness of the United Nations and their mission amongst members of Hood College. As secretary of Model UN, I work with the executive team to foster collaborative problem-solving through a diverse and engaged student membership. We apply our discussions we have in meetings to the Model UN conferences we attend.
The conference this past weekend was in DC and over 1,000 university students from around the world attended. Each school is assigned a country to represent, and this year Hood was the delegation of Senegal. Each member of the club is assigned to a specific committee which is simulated to discuss issues at the forefront of international relations.
I was assigned the committee of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Our two topics to discuss in this committee were Addressing the Needs of the Internally Displaced and Improving Housing and Food Security for Urban Refugees. The topic our committee ended up choosing was Improving Housing and Food Security for Urban Refugees, and our delegation collaborated with other members in UNHCR to develop working papers addressing this topic. The working paper my partner and I worked on was concentrated on repurposing abandoned housing for Urban Refugees. After merging our papers with other country’s papers, we drafted a resolution that included this concept. The resolution our delegation worked on ended up getting passed! The Delegation of Senegal also received Honorable Mention at the conference. It was very exciting to meet new people from around the globe and learn from diverse perspectives.
I am a junior and double major in political science and Arabic and Middle Eastern studies. I think that all majors can be incorporated into Model UN because every committee addresses global issues that are relevant to each field of study. I am unsure of my career goals, but I do know that I will always stay informed about international issues. This club is an excellent way to work with other students to solve the issues at hand while representing a country you may know nothing about. This ultimately expands your global perspectives which I believe is essential for every college student. If you are interested in joining Model United Nations, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We meet most Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. in the Marx Center.
Pictured: Cecilia Adams at a Model UN conference in New York earlier this year.