Baylor Students Attended 3rd Annual Texas Model United Nations Conference

2016 Model UN team
Baylor students at the Texas Model United Nations Conference, courtesy photo
Jan. 25, 2017

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WACO, Texas (Jan. 25, 2017) — From Jan. 13-15, 14 Baylor students attended the Texas Model United Nations Conference, hosted by the Osgood Center for International Studies, at the Center for International Business Education at the University of Texas at Austin.

Baylor students represented Angola, China (Security Council only), Germany, Russian Federation and Vietnam.

Students who participated were: Wyatt Fraga, Grecia Sarda (Outstanding Position Paper – UNESCO – Angola), Cat Haseman, Carolina Gutierrez, Jessica Chapa, Kim Andrade (Outstanding Delegate – APEC – Russian Federation), Caroline Caywood (Outstanding Delegate – Security Council – Russian Federation), Matt Walker (Outstanding Position Paper and Outstanding Delegate – GA 1 – Vietnam), Brian Ordonez, Ben Hunt, Megan Rollag, Kate Farley (Outstanding Delegate – Security Council – Russian Federation), Andrew Juwono and Luis Andres Torres.

Eric Vining, B.A. (Journalism, Political Science) ’16, served on conference staff as a committee chair for the General Assembly First Committee.

“Our students performed admirably at the conference, learning both about the United Nations and how to be an effective diplomat,” said Rebecca Flavin, Ph.D., Baylor Model United Nations faculty advisor and senior lecturer. “While I wish to emphasize that awards are not the point of these invaluable educational experiences and should never be the metric by which we judge how much our students are learning, when our students are recognized for their participation, we should be doubly proud of their efforts.”

The topics researched and discussed by students at the conference included: Climate Change and the Maintenance of International Security (Security Council); Regulation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (GA 1); Empowering Youth Through Access to Information and Communication Technology and Media (UNESCO); Improving Border Security to Combat Terrorism and Security Threats (GA 1); Investment (APEC); Strengthening Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies in Order to Protect UNESCO World Heritage Sites (UNESCO); Energy (APEC); The Exploitation of Natural Resources and its Effect on the Outbreak, Escalation or Continuation of Armed Conflict (Security Council); and A Crisis Simulation Involving Cyberterrorism (Security Council).

by Kelsey Dehnel, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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