Baylor Honors College students Caelen Elliot and Lauren McLane made their school proud in a Model Security Conference hosted by the Osgood Center for International Studies, which took place September 4th - 6th. Caelen, a Junior University Scholar, and Lauren, a Senior Honors Program student majoring in International Studies and Professional Writing and Rhetoric, were two of five participants from Baylor at the conference. Caelen and Lauren were members of the team representing the United Kingdom in Councils one and two, in a discussion regarding the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
When speaking about her experience, Lauren reflects on the difficulties associated with moving to an online format for the first time, stating, “it’s a bit more difficult to establish a leadership role in a caucus online.” Ultimately, she and her teammate were able to adjust and use their “leadership roles primarily by moving the process along verbally and mediating between parties that disagreed to find a compromise, in addition to building consensus around our own proposals.” Lauren felt that the conference, while formatted differently, was successful, and her experience in the Model UN has shaped her ideas about the future: “I would love to continue working in civil service after graduation and hope to eventually work abroad in foreign policy or for an international organization like the UN.”
Caelen shares similar sentiments, remarking that “every conference I go to helps me to practice skills of compromise, cooperation, and diplomacy...especially when talking about nuclear weapons.... It’s a very sensitive topic, and so you’re trying to work with a bunch of different perspectives to come to a consensus.” Caelen feels thankful for her experience with Baylor’s Model UN and this conference: “this [experience] allowed me to work on skills of leading others, but in a humble manner, skills of researching well and clearly presenting my ideas, and skills of synthesizing my work with that of others.” She notes how these are all skills that will be useful in a variety of situations in her future endeavors.
For their great work, Caelen and Lauren, along with the three other participants from Baylor, received “Outstanding Position Paper Awards” for the papers they wrote in preparation for the conference. Additionally, all participants were named “Outstanding Delegations in Committee” by the conference staff, the highest award given at the conference. Caelen and Lauren, in addition to the other delegates representing the United Kingdom, also received the Delegate’s Choice Award in both Security Councils one and two, an award given by their peers.
Thanks for making the Honors College proud, Caelen and Lauren!