In line with the University’s emphasis on experiential learning, CCNY students participated in three different MUN conferences this spring. On March 1-3, students from the Model UN course offered by the Collin Powell School, engaged in the simulation of multilateral diplomacy representing Russian Federation and the United Kingdom. The event was organized by the Future We Want MUN (FWWMUN). They put together one the most inclusive and diverse conferences held in New York with delegates from over 136 countries gathered under the banner of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. CCNY delegation was awarded by FWWMUN with a scholarship covering conference cost and accommodations in Grant Hyatt Hotel.
According to one of the CCNY delegates, Jagriti Khurana, her work at the conference, especially the promotion of multilateralism in the area of disarmament and non-proliferation, as well as efforts to increase access to public services and sustainable development infrastructure for gender equality, constituted a great foundation for her upcoming studies at a law school.
“Nationally, MUN is the most recognizable experiential learning activity and it fulfills the premise of academic learning outside classroom walls” said MUN veteran Jasmine Park, who coordinated the efforts on behalf of the Model UN Club at CCNY.
On April 12, CCNY Model UN delegation was invited to attend the United Nations Model UN Summit at the organization’s headquarters in New York City. The students heard from the UN Secretary General António Guterres, who admitted that his generation has failed and called youth to rise up to fend the tide against climate change. CCNY delegates learned about various projects devoted to SDGs, among them, World’s Largest Lesson, Little Miss Code, MUN Planning Tool, and Mentimeter.
During the third MUN event this spring- the 2019 National Model UN Conference (April 14-18), CCNY represented Greece in ten committees. NMUN is the largest conference of its kind, with 5,000 participants from more than 130 countries. CCNY delegation learned about and simulated the activities of UN General Assembly, UNICEF, UNCESCO, UNEA, UNHCR, and WFP.
Faculty Advisor Rafal Szczurowski praised CCNY for its financial support to MUN activities and emphasized its impact on holistic learning.
“CUNY’s working definition of experiential learning describes it as a transformational component of the undergraduate experience. Indeed, students who participated in Model United Nations activities told me about going through a turning point in their lives. At CCNY, I am able to incorporate experiential learning into an academic curriculum enriching student experience and accelerating their path to graduation.”
Among CCNY students participating in spring MUN activities were: Albi Miraka, Angela Vasovic, Ann-Renee Rubia, Anna Rombold, Gloria Nunez, Hind Elgayaer, Jagriti Khurana, Jessica Cruz, Joseph Lema, Ketevan Kemoklidze, Kevin Fnu, Maleeka Zanib, Martha Fernandez-Coppel Velasco, Miriam Hernandez, Nourou Gaiya, Ola Bushra, Patricia Mona Argie, Pineda Isamar, Rachel Holiday, Song Ju Na, Tania Salazar, Tina Qumbargi, and Zoltan Lucas.