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Undergraduates Participate in International Program to Engage Local Youth

March 31, 2013
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Twenty-one UM undergraduate students, including 10 from the School of Business, spent a recent Saturday working to get more than 700 Miami area middle and high school stiudents excited about history, geography, social studies, international relations, government and science. The undergraduates, who are members of the University’s Model United Nations (Model UN) team, participated in the Global Classrooms Miami Conference held at Miami-Dade College in February. The program is hosted by the United Nations Association of the United States (UNA-USA) in 24 cities around the world. It seeks to introduce middle and high school students of all socioeconomic backgrounds to Model UN, teaching them important skills such as debate, research, writing, reading comprehension, public speaking, and negotiation.

 “It was a very rewarding experience to work with students from schools across the county, seeing them get into their roles as delegates and passionately debate and advocate certain positions.” said Daniel Moubayed, a freshman accounting major at the School of Business and member of the UM Model UN team. “It feels great to be able to give back to our community and introduce these young students to an activity which we love doing so much; it’s an activity which has profoundly changed our lives, and we can only hope will do the same for them,” added Moubayed, who served as director of the UN Women Committee.

The UM Model UN Team will also host and staff the upcoming Miami Invitation Conference for the Simulation of the United Nations (MICSUN) in early April. In its second session, MICSUN is the premier Model UN conference for high school students in South Florida and is held on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus. Throughout the three-day conference, students will debate topics surrounding the theme of “Beyond Borders”, focusing on the increasing role of non-state actors and the interconnectedness of the international system.

Aporajita “Appy” Ali and Melissa Jordon served as Head Delegates for the Model UN Team. Ali, a senior economics and legal studies major, helped the Model UN team prepare for the conference by managing logistics and weekly practice meetings. “As an active School of Business organization, we stay aligned with the School's mission by providing opportunities for students that go beyond what is taught in classrooms,” said Ali. “Our team greatly benefits from the international perspective that is ever so important in the globalized business world.”
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