By Allison Wehrle
Sixteen Members of Lincoln Academy’s Model UN (Model United Nations) Delegation traveled to Connecticut last Friday morning to participate in UCMUN, a Model UN conference hosted by the University of Connecticut, where they would go on to construct possible resolutions to world issues ranging from the Syrian Refugee Crisis to HIV Prevention. While at the conference students assume the roles of delegates, representing the views and best interests of their assigned country.
At the conference, delegates attended six committees sessions where they, along with the others in their committee, debated and sought compromises for a variety of topics. Forming blocs with like-minded countries, delegates constructed solutions via working papers, which would later become draft resolutions and then, if the majority of nations were in favor of its contents, be passed as a resolution. The struggle to stay true to a nation’s interests while also trying to reach a compromise can be difficult, but after hours of back-and-forth committee sessions, delegates are able to find a middle ground that the majority supports. Within this negotiation process, students are given a glimpse of the challenges which the actual UN faces constantly.
Lincoln Academy delegates had a very rewarding time at UCMUN. Elise Dumont ‘16, who represented Poland on the Human Rights Council, reflects on her committee, describing how she has “a better understanding of the real people who are experiencing human rights violations in North Korea and the Syrian refugee crisis [and that] the resolutions the committee came up with were important and considerate of the human lives that these conflicts seem to disregard.” Involvement in conferences like UCMUN provides students with a well rounded view of the world. Liam Dworkin ‘16, who represented Kenya on the Counter-Terrorism Committee, observes that: “A lot of the time people tend to look at international politics with a limited or linear mindset, but MUN teaches you to comprehend issues globally”. Whether a delegate is participating in Model UN for the first time or for the fifth time, their experiences will remain just as beneficial and engaging.
The hard work delegates put into researching and resolving paid off for Lincoln Academy. First time participants Gus Hunt (‘19), Liam Cullina (‘19) and Nobonita Chowdhury (‘16) were recognized as Most Improved for their committees; Braeden Waddell (‘16) received an Honorable Mention in the UNAIDS committee; and Elise Dumont (‘16) as well as Abe Steinberger (‘16) both were recognized as Best Delegates for their committees.
Later this year, the Lincoln Academy Model UN delegation plans to attend conferences Columbia University, Dartmouth College and University of Southern Maine.
Allison Wehrle is a senior at Lincoln Academy, where she is a Communications Intern as well as a member of the Model UN team.