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Students Participate in Two Model U.N. Conferences

Despite the pandemic, Westminster Model U.N. has participated in two conferences so far this winter. In December, while students were off campus, 30 of them attended the Connecticut World Affairs Council conference, and Jan. 21-24, 15 students participated in the Yale Model U.N. conference.
The Connecticut World Affairs Council conference provided a nice introduction for students new to Model U.N. and allowed veteran members to hone their skills. Three students were chosen to chair committees, Sung Min Cho ’22, Hudson Stedman ’21 and Qifei Min ’22. Despite being scattered all across the globe, students made a valiant effort to contribute to their committees and connect with others over their one-day sessions.
Yale Model U.N. was a more intense experience for the students who participated. The conference lasted four days and proved to be an entertaining option for those students who were still in quarantine on campus. Yale did an excellent job of creating its own platform for the conference that was easy to navigate. And Yale Model U.N. worked hard to create an experience as similar as possible to what the delegates would have had in person. As in past years, delegates learned a great deal and enjoyed getting to know like-minded students from around the world.
The Westminster delegation had eight students who participated from campus and another seven who spanned time zones from the eastern United States to Turkey to China. Aleyna Baki ’21 deserves special recognition for staying up through the night to make her committee meetings from Istanbul. One fun surprise was to see Olivia Zhang ’20, who is a first-year student at Yale and last year’s Model U.N. president at Westminster, helping to organize the Yale conference as a member of Yale’s International Relations Association.
“While this year’s conference season is now over, the students hope to get together over the coming months to practice their debating and negotiating skills,” said Betsy Heckman, the group’s advisor and Westminster’s director of studies.

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