Baylor Students Excel at Texas Model United Nations Conference

February 6, 2015
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17 Baylor students participated in the inaugural Texas Model United Nations conference over the weekend, bringing home multiple awards. Courtesy photo.

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WACO, Texas (Feb. 6, 2015) – Over the weekend, 17 Baylor students of varying areas of study participated in the inaugural Texas Model United Nations conference hosted by the Osgood Center for International Studies and held at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. They brought home a multitude of awards.

“It’s important for students to learn about United Nations itself and to learn about current events and the important issues facing the international community,” said Rebecca McCumbers Flavin, Ph.D., lecturer of political science in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. “Participating helps students develop useful skills regardless of their future career path, such as interpersonal skills, public speaking and diplomacy.”

At the conference, Baylor students represented seven nations: Belize, Burundi, France, Jordan, Portugal, Rwanda and Spain. Along with students from several other universities, Baylor students simulated three committees, including the General Assembly First Committee, the General Assembly Third Committee and the Security Council.

Topics discussed at the conference ranged from human trafficking to the rights of indigenous peoples, helping students learn to be effective diplomats.

The following students were awarded for their efforts.

Renie Saenz, Conor Burns, Seti Tesefay and Jaclyn Black received Peer Recognition Awards.

Conor Burns, Shannon Black and Caleb Gunnels received Staff Recognition Awards.

In addition, Katrina Manalac, Ariel Sorg, Sarah Crockett, Carissa Carlson, Caroline Caywood, Taylor Demons, Ashley Earle, Audrey Doane and Junyi Zhu received awards.

Flavin seeks to remind her students that awards, while something of which to be proud, are not the point of this educational experience.

“Awards aren’t the most important part, really,” Flavin said. “What is important is that they’re taking what they’ve learned in the classroom and applying it to real-world scenarios. The education is what’s important, and the awards are just the icing on the cake.”

A group of 16 students will travel to New York City for the National Model United Nations conference on March 28 where they will represent Burundi.

For more information about the National Model United Nations, click HERE

by Ashton Brown, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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