Manhattan College Students Participate in Model UN Conferences in Both Washington D.C. and Erfurt, Germany

The students represented the Russian delegation in Washington and the United States delegation in Germany.

It was a busy November for Manhattan College students participating in Model UN activities.  For the first time since 2015, the College participated in two fall Model UN conferences in the span of less than one month. Fourteen students represented the Russian Federation at the National Model UN conference in Washington, D.C., and a week later, eight students represented the United States at the National Model UN-Europe (NMUN) conference in Erfurt, Germany. All of the students participated in Model UN as an extracurricular activity, working hard to research and write their position papers and prepare for the conferences. Model UN Team

Model UN gives students the opportunity to experience what it’s like to be a United Nations delegate, writing resolutions and discussing topics ranging from nuclear energy to sustainable development. 

"It's difficult for students in the fall because Model UN is like adding an additional class to their already busy schedules," said Pamela Chasek, Ph.D., professor of political science and the longtime Model UN advisor. "They all did an amazing job dedicating their time to prepare for the conference and representing two very difficult countries." 

In Washington, D.C, seven students were new to the Model UN experience, while the other seven had been a part of at least one Model UN competition in the past. The Washington group was awarded an honorable mention for their efforts. The eight students who flew to Germany to participate in the NMUN-Europe conference also took home an honorable mention award. Manhattan had seven experienced students and one who was participating for the first time at the Germany-hosted event. 

In total, about 800 students were part of the Washington, D.C., conference and approximately 500 participated in Germany. Last April, 16 Manhattan College students represented the war-torn nation of Ukraine at the 2023 NMUN in New York City.  Model UN Team in Germany

While visiting Germany, Chasek and her students toured and learned about medieval German hstory (Wartburg Castle and Jewish Erfut), the horrors of World War II (Buchenwald concentration camp) and the Cold War era (Alpha and the Stasi Museum). The opportunity to visit these historic sites and learn more about the workings of the UN made this trip a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the students.