Alumna’s Gift to support Model UN at Gannon University
Posted: December 21, 2017
An endowed fund established by Deborah Dubik will support the
Model United Nations held each year at Gannon University.
Dubik, a 1976 Gannon University graduate and former University
Trustee, served for 11 years as an administrative law judge for the
state of Iowa and practiced as a litigator for 15 years in
Davenport, Iowa. She now works as a mediator assisting parties to
resolve disputes rather than proceed through lengthy
As a student, Dubik served as Secretary General of the Model
"Mediation takes diplomacy. Resolving disputes takes
diplomacy. … Model United Nations is diplomacy in action," Dubik
said. "What it taught me, and what I hope it will teach all the
participants, is that diplomacy is vital to our lives."
The very first Model UN took place in March 1954 with 11 high
schools participating. Today, Gannon's Model UN program
brings together several hundred students from 50 different high
schools across the tri-state region.
"The Dubik gift to the Model UN comes at a very important
turning point in the club's activities," said Associate Professor
of Political Science Anjali Sahay, coordinator of Gannon's Model UN
program. "Our students are more poised than ever to take part in
Model UN conferences. We want to send our students to more
conferences such as traveling internationally to NAMUN (North
American Model UN) in Toronto, Canada in February 2018 as well as
other opportunities such as a UN seminar to the UNHQ in New York,
Gannon hopes to offer a Model UN Summer Camp in the future,
"Not only would this benefit high school students to prepare
better for the conference in fall, but encourage new schools, or
those who do not have the resources to prepare and come to the
conference to benefit from this," she said. "More than anything
else, this gift enables the club to be more active and visible
round the year and helps students to get experiential learning by
both hosting and participating in Model UN conferences."
Future goals also include Gannon establishing a UN Day
commemorating the creation of the United Nations in 1945, and a
speakers series featuring international relations specialists
discussing current events and issues.