CSU, Chico News

Model United Nations Delegation Brings Home Awards from National Conference

Date: 04-06-2010

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
John Crosby
Political Science

Twenty-seven California State University, Chico Model United Nations students, with nine co-team members from the Japanese Model United Nations program, participated in the National Model United Nations Conference in New York, March 28–April 2. The delegation brought home an Outstanding Position Papers award and two Distinguished Delegation awards.

Eighteen Chico students, representing the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, were recognized with an Outstanding Position Papers award and a Distinguished Delegation award. Nine Chico students paired up with a Japanese team (which had asked Chico last year if they would partner with them) to represent the country of Denmark and also received a Distinguished Delegation award.

More than 2,800 students from 160 universities and colleges from around the world participated in the competition. Only the top 8 percent of all attending students receive the “outstanding” distinction, and only 20 percent receive the “distinguished” honor.

In addition to the team awards, Caitlin Albritton and Frank Mayfield, representing Algeria in the General Assembly Second Committee of 400 students, received top recognition from their peers for their work in their individual committee.

“Although every year presents new challenges, this year’s Model UN team was the first at Chico State to engage in a Joint Delegation, as well as represent not one, but two countries in New York,” said Jenny Cox, this year’s head delegate. “For five long days, our delegates delivered some of the most captivating speeches, took charge of their working groups, and never ceased to exercise diplomacy no matter what situation they were up against. I was constantly impressed by their perseverance and their knowledge of their country, their committee topics, and international relations as a whole.”

Professor John Crosby, the program’s faculty advisor, said that this year’s performance was particularly successful: “The students and officers had to integrate not only two countries, Algeria and Denmark, but also two cultures and programs. The students’ cooperation with the Japanese delegation was especially remarkable given two quite different approaches. They worked through their spring break with their Japanese MUN partners towards a defined goal. The amount and quality of work of the entire delegation was amazing! Eighteen pairs of students representing two distinctly different countries in 12 different committees had to work together as a team to win awards. This conference demonstrates how Chico State students compete academically and win against any school in the nation and the world.”

Jenny Cox is the head delegate for MUN, and Amanda Sayre is the secretary general. The officers are Ashley Connell, Boshion Crandall and Katelynn Mahoney. The head delegate and officers coach the delegation throughout the semester and are key to its performance.

The national MUN in New York is the world’s largest university-level simulation of the United Nations. It annually educates more than 5,000 students (40 percent from outside the United States) about contemporary international issues and the United Nations. Students prepare for MUN as members of the Political Science International Organizations class during the fall semester. The program is open to any Chico State student.

Chico State’s Model United Nations team is funded by the Instructionally Related Activities Program, as well as by contributions from the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, the Political Science Department and student fund-raising activities.