ASC Model U.N. sole U.S. representative at conference in Greece
Six ASC students and their advisor, Dr. Mari Centeno, participated in the Thessaloniki International Student Model United Nations conference, held April 7-11 at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece. ASC’s was the only team from the United States to have ever attended the ThessisMUN conference. As such, it received much fanfare, including special recognition and a rousing round of applause at the opening ceremonies.
The ASC Model United Nations Delegation included Melissa Kam (head delegate), Keith Toth, Kristi Krabbenhoft, Alfonso Casias, Thomas Keller and Alex Ponce. The group trained for months to represent the Rzeczpospolita Polska (Republic of Poland) They joined 400 and other countries, including the U.K., France, Italy, and Bulgaria – all prepared to address the issues facing our world.
Each student represented Poland in a different committee: one of three General Assembly committees, Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Council of Europe, and NATO. Some of the issues the students tackled were: international agreements addressing the threat of nuclear weapons, the global financial crisis, the elimination of racial discrimination, climate change, preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and extremist behavior among European youth. Conference participation required months of research and training. As the conference concluded, team member Thomas Keller said, “I’ve learned more this week than I have in college so far.”
Beyond speeches, debates, and resolutions, Model UN conferences provide students with the occasion to interact, both professionally and socially, with other students from different countries and cultures.