After a year of absence, the University of La Verne’s model UN returns to the annual National Model United Nations conference in New York this March.
The Model United Nations club provides students with the opportunity to have an experience similar to that of the real United Nations.
Every year the NMUN assigns each school a different country to represent.
Gitty Amini, assistant professor of political science, and current advisor for the Model UN club said this year the University will take seven students to the conference and will be representing the country of Malawi, as well as serving in six committees.
“The club offers students an avenue to really get involved and learn about the United Nations,” said Nicollette Castro, the current president of the Model UN.
“Unfortunately last year was the first year that ULV did not send a delegation to New York,” she said.
But this year students have been working hard to attend the conference, holding fundraising events and seeking donations to cover the expenses.
“Almost all of our money comes from donations from various departments on campus and local businesses,” Castro said.
Once the funds are raised, the students prepare to represent their assigned country in the best possible way.
“During the spring semester the club will focus on preparing for New York,” Castro said.
The members researched their assigned country and the topics that will be addressed in each of the committees.
Information about the program can be found on the NMUN Web site, www.nmun.org. For more information about the club contact Gitty Amini Ext. 4225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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