Ten Hamilton students participated in the McGill Model United Nations Conference (MCMUN) Jan. 27-31 in Montréal. The conference drew more than 50 schools from the United States, Canada and Europe and approximately 1,400 delegates.
Students attending from Hamilton were Hannah Carlisle ’14, Aminata Diop ’11, Samuel Doyon ’12, Allison Fried ’13, Alice Henry ’14, Heather Prigg ’11, Jennifer Roberts ’14, Marghuerita Scott ’13, Stephanie Shapiro ’12, and Kieran Wilson ’14. They represented the delegations from Palau and Slovenia on three committees: the UN Special Session on Children, ECOFIN, and the UN Development Fund for Women. In addition, three students took part in specialized committees that discussed topics ranging from the aboriginal people of Canada to the South African Border Wars.
In preparing for the conference, Hamilton students conducted extensive research with the help of Assistant Professor of Government Ted Lehmann, the MUN faculty advisor, in order to accurately portray Palau and Slovenia at the conference.
Students used their well-developed public speaking and writing skills while they acted as delegates of the United Nations, taking part in international negotiations and creating resolutions with other delegates on some of the world's most pressing issues. The topic resolutions included providing adequate healthcare for children, responding to the global financial crises, as well as discussing the challenges women face in the political arena.
Hamilton College Model United Nations has previously attended conferences at Yale University, Harvard University and in New York City and Washington D.C. Model United Nations is graciously funded by Student Assembly and the Levitt Center.