CCNY Delegation Wins at NMUN Conference

DSC00065A 16-member student team from The City College of New York won the Distinguished Delegation Award at the 2016 National Model United Nations (NMUN) Conference in Manhattan March 20-24.

The City College undergraduates, who represented Ghana, received the award from the National Collegiate College Association (NCCA) for their outstanding work during deliberations in assigned committees. This is the second year in the row that CCNY students achieved that distinction.

In addition, Sandrine Persaud and Solanghely Raffo, received an Outstanding Delegates in Committee Award for their engagement in the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

“This had been the best week in my life” said Arlene Usha, member of the 2016 CCNY MUN delegation. “My time at the 2016 NMUN Conference had truly changed the way I view the world and my love of advocacy.” According to Rafal Szczurowski, Adjunct Instructor at CCNY International Studies Program and MUN Faculty Advisor, the Conference could be a life-changing event.

NMUN in NYC is the largest and most prestigious conference of its kind attracting close to 5,000 delegates from six continents. In the spirit of multilateral diplomacy participants spend a week in various committees, working on resolutions and treaties, negotiating and engaging in debates.

The CCNY delegation comprised the following students from Rafal Szczurowski’s Model UN course in City College’s Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership:

Paul Aylward, Alesia Burnazi, Cristina Cintora, Tammie David, Eva Galvez, Amanda Jimenez, Joshua Kemp, Michael Kvasic, Clarissa Martinez, Dayana Perez, Sandrine Persaud, Solanghely Raffo, Garvita Sharma, Fanny Shum Chan, Markous Soliman, and Arlene Verapen.

Eliezer Ramos and Valerie Starobrzenski were the Head Delegates, while four other committee advisors were Anasimon Adel, Taimoor Arif, Claire Lynch, and Sarah Mourssi.

United Nations Academic Impact Director Ramu Damodaran spoke at the closing ceremony at the UN secretariat.

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