CAPE GIRARDEAU, Missouri, Dec. 1, 2014 –Eight students in the Model United Nations club at Southeast Missouri State University participated in the American Model United Nations International Conference (AMUN) held in Chicago Nov. 22-25.
While at AMUN, students replicated the workings of the United Nations by representing the country of Denmark and simulating the committee meetings of the United Nations. These simulations consisted of formal discussion and informal caucusing revolving around current global issues affecting the United Nations and the global community. Students were also responsible for finding solutions to these programs, or creating resolutions as it is called, to solve the topic at hand.
“I hope to see students become more familiar with the workings of the United Nations (its weaknesses and strengths) and the topics it addresses. I hope students become more cognizant of the value of cooperation,” said Dr. Debra Holzhauer, assistant professor of political science and faculty adviser of Model United Nations at Southeast.
Students in the Model United Nations club represent various majors throughout the University. Senior Katelyn Brady of Farmington, Missouri, is a public relations major, but has been an active member of the Model United Nations Club for four years.
“I joined Model United Nations because it gives me the opportunity to see how other countries interact on a level that can only be seen outside of the classroom,” says Brady. “Also, my personal passions for international business and affairs cross boundaries found in public relations and political science.”
While at the conference, Model United Nations Club members interact with students from schools across the nation. Together, they discuss the challenges of each nation’s stance on global issues and work to solve these problems.
“Watching students interact with each other over the content of the topics is the fun part. This is where you start to really see the learning process take place,” Holzhauer said.
The Model United Nations Club meets every Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in Carnahan Hall Room 102. All Southeast students are welcome to attend.