Gannon University Students Travel to Participate in North American Model U.N.
Posted: March 5, 2018
Seven Gannon University students with an interest in
international affairs traveled to Toronto on February 22 to
participate in the North American Model U.N. (NAMUN).
For the students, NAMUN is a rare opportunity to participate in
Model U.N. proceedings representing various countries such as
Colombia, Jordan, Myanmar, Republic of Korea, Ukraine and the
United Arab Emirates. While the seven students are intimately
familiar with the workings of Model U.N., their role as
participants was novel.
All have been organizers and moderators of the Gannon University
Model U.N. for high school students, which is the longest-running
organization of its type in the country, and the second-oldest
Model U.N. in the world.
Hosted by the University of Toronto since 1985, NAMUN is a forum
by which students from colleges and universities around the globe
can understand the complex challenges faced by the international
community in areas such as security and development, human rights,
economic and social progress, and learn about diverse cultures,
political systems and history.
Muhammad Alsahlani, the incoming Secretary General of the 2018
Gannon Model UN and an International Studies major, represented
Ukraine at NAMUN and addressed the "Question of the Kurdish people"
and "Peacekeeping Reforms."
According to Alsahlani, "Being an international studies major,
Model UN has helped me understand different countries' foreign
policies on different global issues. It also helps me keep
up-to-date on problems going on globally and ways that these
problems can be solved," he said. "Model UN has also helped me
become a better public speaker, build better communication skills,
and put myself in the perspective of a nation with different
opinions on issues and be able to see it from their point of
Hiba Shocair, a double major in Marketing and Entrepreneurship,
representing Myanmar at the General Assembly: Arms Trade Treaty
Committee said, "This conference, and specifically the topic
assigned to me, is very essential to be educated on as a business
student and future business person in the world in order to be
better and spread peace in all branches of society."
Kyle Peck, a Political Science major, was assigned the Republic
of Korea (South Korea). Peck said, "As a political science major,
seeing how the United Nations functions is key to developing
knowledge about government processes."
Other students on the trip included Mallory Rongier, international
studies major; Katherine Greissinger, pre-medical major; Francesco
Nati, psychology major; Donoven Chase, history/political science
major; and Brian Pete, history major.