CSU, Chico News

Model United Nations Team Shines at National Conference

Date: 04-11-2016

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

For the ninth time in 10 years, California State University, Chico’s Model United Nations (MUN) team received the Outstanding Delegation award at the national conference in New York City March 27-31.

The award is the conference’s highest honor and places CSU, Chico in the top-10 percent of participating schools. The University also received seven Outstanding Position Paper awards.

John Crosby, MUN adviser, said CSU, Chico was the only school with more than 24 delegates to win the Outstanding Delegation award in this session. “This award clearly demonstrates the dedication and commitment of every student-delegate and the herculean effort of this year's officers corps, led by Aaron Thao and assisted mightily by Kate Scarratt, Sam Perkins, Maria Esparza, Jonny Brown and Jay Bhatia,” Crosby said.

Thirty-five CSU, Chico students in 17 different committees represented the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The committees each covered three separate topics so students had to know their country’s policies and the individual topics.

The committees ranged from the Commission on the Status of Women, discussing child marriages, to the Program of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons, confronting how to effectively manage the more than 1 trillion small arms in the world today.

Crosby said only three universities received more than seven position paper awards as well as the Outstanding Delegation award. More than 400 colleges and universities and 5,000 students participated in the event.

This year's team was the largest CSU, Chico has ever sent to the National Conference and was the most diverse in terms of areas of study represented, Crosby said. While the majority of the participants were international relations or political science majors, there were also students with majors in finance, business, economics, biology, psychology and German.