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"Westchester County Business Journal" featured Pace University students in "'Pace-Setters' at a Model United Nations"

01/03/2019

"Westchester County Business Journal" featured Pace University students in "'Pace-Setters' at a Model United Nations"

Students from Pace University participated in the National Model United Nations conference held recently in Washington, D.C. The conference brings together students from around the world to simulate global policymaking processes by assuming the role of diplomats. Pace students represented Benin, Malawi, Togo, Germany and Slovenia.

They brought home awards for excellence in diplomatic practice, including distinguished delegation, honorable mention and outstanding position paper.

Pace Political Science Professor Paul Londrigan, from Pace’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, served as the Pleasantville campus team’s faculty advisor. “They learn to research, write and speak publically.” he said.

“I think employers are starting to realize that Model UN attracts motivated student who gain skills that are valuable in the workplace,” Londrigan added.

Sonya Svetenko, who is a marketing and history major at Pace, said, “Perhaps the biggest value of Model UN to me was the people I met and the ability to be part of an event that pushes you to step out of your comfort zone and learn more about yourself, the people around you and what goes on in the world today.”

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Press Release: Pace University Students Excel as Model UN Ambassadors

12/04/2018

Press Release: Pace University Students Excel as Model UN Ambassadors

Pace students receive awards for excellence in diplomatic practice in Washington D.C.

NEW YORK (December 4)—Pace University students gained real world-experience, and accolades, this month as they participated in the National Model United Nations (NMUN), also known as “Model UN,” international conference in Washington D.C.

Five Pace University Model United Nations students received awards for their excellence in diplomatic practice, including distinguished delegation, honorable mention, and outstanding position paper.

Every year, the conference brings students from around the country and the world to simulate global policymaking processes by playing the role of diplomats from an assigned country. Pace University students represented the countries or republics of Benin, Malawi, Togo, Germany, and Slovenia.

Pace University students prepared for the conference by taking the International Organization Workshop courses in Pleasantville and Manhattan. They studied designated countries, key foreign policy issues, wrote position papers, practiced delivering speeches, as well as conducted negotiations.

Pace Political Science Professor Paul Londrigan, from Pace’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, served as the Pleasantville campus team’s faculty advisor. Londrigan said that helping students realize their full potential and become self-actualized played a big part in their success.

“It helps them to see that attaining knowledge can be empowering and make you feel like a champion,” said Londrigan. “They feel a lot of pride coming off the heels of a conference like the last one and I think that has a lasting effect. They learn to research, write, and speak publicly. They hone their interpersonal skills and debate skills. They learn to deal with adversity and time crunches.”

“Model UN is not the small phenomenon that it once was. I think employers are starting to realize that Model UN attracts motivated students who gain skills that are valuable in the workplace,” Londrigan said. 

Some students said the conference was a big motivator.

“I hope to have a career in human rights one day, and so I was super excited to represent Togo in the Human Rights Council. Human rights have been something I have always been interested in and being surrounded in a room full with people who were just as passionate, inspired me. Listening to people’s speeches and their creative ideas motivated me tremendously,” said Pace political science major, Aya Taqi.

“I worked and made friends with students from around the world,” said Zhoujun Zhao, an international student at Pace. Zhao is majoring in political science and global Asia studies: “I learned a formal and polite form of English expression which improved my public speaking and confidence.”

“This class exceeded all of my expectations,” said Pace student Sonya Svetenko, who is a marketing and history major. She took the course as an elective: “Perhaps the biggest value of Model UN to me was the people I met and the ability to be part of an event that pushes you to step out of your comfort zone and learn more about yourself, the people around you, and what goes on in the world today.”

Political Science Professor Matthew Bolton is adviser to the Model UN students at Pace’s lower Manhattan campus. “The Model UN conference offered students the opportunity to learn about global politics, encounter cultures other than their own and learn crucial skills in research, writing, negotiation and public speaking,” said Bolton. For four years Bolton has worked on the UN advocacy of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017.

There are over 400 Model UN conferences held annually worldwide.

About Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Pace University’s liberal arts college, Dyson College offers more than 50 programs, spanning the arts and humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and pre-professional programs (including pre-medicine, pre-veterinary, and pre-law), as well as numerous courses that fulfill core curriculum requirements. The College offers access to numerous opportunities for internships, cooperative education and other hands-on learning experiences that complement in-class learning in preparing graduates for career and graduate/professional education choices.

About Pace University

Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, NY, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. A 2017 study by the Equality of Opportunity Project finds that Pace graduates are out-earning their parents and peers, bucking a nationwide trend for millennials. www.pace.edu

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