Participating in the Model United Nations conference, a simulation experience to learn about international politics and diplomacy, has been one of our most rewarding experiences at Westfield State. Students from universities across the United States and the world come together to represent a country assigned to them, and our Westfield State University Model UN team of 14 members from a variety of majors was lucky enough to represent WSU in Canada, Boston and New York.
During our stay in each city, we delegated for a different country. For example, in New York, we were the delegates for the Republic of Eritrea. We were assigned committees that discuss different issues including human trafficking, pollution, global warming, women’s rights, and more. The position we take must benefit our country, so as the Eritrean delegation members, our responsibility consisted of finding allied countries and writing the best resolution to meet our and their needs. This process is lengthy and can take days of hard of work. Finally, all resolutions are put up for voting. We are glad to say that many of the resolutions we signed or co-wrote passed and were accepted by the dais and the committee.
At Westfield State, there is an opportunity for every one of us that fits our interest. The Model UN was the perfect opportunity for me. I was born outside of the U.S. and was able to bring my perspective from my Arabic background into our proposals and resolutions. In addition, with every conference my point of view on the global issues we study has expanded and matured.
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Reprinted from the Squirrel Squire, newsletter of the Honors Program