Model U.N. creates unique opportunities for MU students

By Mimi Whetstone
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This semester, Madonna University students have the opportunity to bulk up their resumes, travel the U.S. and gain team building and writing skills while participating in lively student discussions through its newly formed Model United Nations (U.N.) club.

As a member of the United Nations Association for the United States of America (UNA-USA), Model U.N. participants will step into the shoes of ambassadors from U.N. member states to debate current issues on the organization's agenda. Students make speeches, prepare draft resolutions, negotiate with allies and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the conference rules of procedure - all in the interest of mobilizing international cooperation to resolve problems that affect countries all over the world.

“It’s teaching students about how the U.N. works by getting together and simulating the process,” said Madonna’s Model U.N. student founder Jana Musleh. “Each chapter is assigned a different country and we all pick an issue and debate about it. We write papers, we compare and contrast. We get a discussion going about what’s going on in the world.”

The newly formed club is planning to host four events on campus this semester, as well as attending a National conference in Chicago, Nov. 20-23.

The on campus meetings will take place at the end of each month, and will feature films, discussions and debates. A topic will be selected, and students will get a feel for the interaction between group members.

“Of course our main focus will be preparation for Chicago,” Musleh said. “But these classroom meetings are going to get us there.”

All Model U.N. members must be currently enrolled students, and each chapter’s registration must be completed by the end of Jan. to attend the conference. Upon registration, each chapter will receive a country assignment, and will proceed to begin their research, position papers, and debate points. For more information about this process, interested students are encouraged to visit http://www.unausa.org/munpreparation.

“It’s good for your resume, and participating in the conference will give students the advantage in a competitive job market,” Musleh said. “It builds confidence and raises awareness of global issues. There are so many positive outcomes for students through this opportunity.”

Students can find more information in the Take 5 Lounge through the first two weeks of the semester, watch for in-class presentations, or contact Musleh directly at jmusleh@my.madonna.edu to sign up.