UB students receive award at National Model UN Conference

A group of students from the University of Bridgeport has received an Honorable Mention Award at the National Model United Nations Conference for their participation representing the Republic of Maldives.

The conference was held in New York City from April 19 to 23, and drew nearly 5,000 students from 340 schools around the world.

Students simulate and participate in UN activities by serving as representatives of various nations as they discuss current global issues, present position papers, and participate in other activities.

Outstanding Delegation, Distinguished Delegation, and Honorable Mention awards are given to teams based on their participation and proper use of UN rules and procedure. Teams also are judged on how well they represent a country’s position in regard to its economic, geopolitical, and social constraints.

As part of their preparation, UB students visited with the Maldives Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York City, where they were briefed on topics that they later discussed at Model UN sessions.

UB team members included campus Model UN Club president Kirstin Jones and students Marius Ciont, Lincoln LaGrotteria, Yuri Palhof, Shigeki Sakamoto, Nicole Thiessen, Alex Turner, and Rebecca Ward. They were advised by William Law, an associate professor at UB’s International College, and graduate student Miguel Arroyo.

The National Model UN Conference is sponsored by the National Collegiate Conference Association, a non-profit and non-governmental organization affiliated with the UN Department of Public Information.
Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu