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For more than a decade, Pace’s Model UN teams have been competing on the national stage. This year was no different! Back again with some more wins under their belts, Pace’s Model UN team shares their winning experience at this year’s national conference in Washington, DC.
The national conference is one of the largest in the country and brings together a multitude of universities for a weekend of intense negotiation and deliberation about a variety of topics of international concern.
“Without downplaying the significance of the student's academic achievement this weekend, I think the thing students will take away from the experience that has the most indelible impact will be the connections and friendships that they have made,” says faculty advisor and Pace assistant professor of Political Science Paul Londrigan. “Participation in Model United Nations had a way of stitching disparate individuals together who may not have otherwise found the occasion to get to know one another. I think that a huge benefit of the program is the way in which it lends itself to the creation of a richer and more textured social fabric for our students.”
“We are very fortunate at Pace to have a tremendously engaged body of students in the political science department. As a result, we have a long history of success and achievement at Model UN conferences,” says Londrigan.
Pace’s team from New York City represented Montenegro and Bolivia, while the Westchester students represented Guatemala. The Pace team won an award for Honorable Delegation for their representation of Bolivia. Several Pace students were also recognized individually at this year’s conference. Jordan O’Connell and Marsela Vucaj won the award for best position paper in their committee and students Jeremiah Williams and Noah Saskowski were recognized by their peers in the committee and were awarded the outstanding delegates in a committee award.
“We are very fortunate at Pace to have a tremendously engaged body of students in the political science department. As a result, we have a long history of success and achievement at Model UN conferences,” says Londrigan. “Despite this winning track record, it never gets old to see the delight on student's faces when they hear that they have won.”