Mount Union Students Represent Ghana at Model United Nations
May 05, 2010
Ghana, a country in west Africa, may seem a million miles away for many Americans, but for five Mount Union College students, the welfare of the country was their only concern as they represented it on all General Assembly committees at the Midwestern Model United Nations Conference in St. Louis.
Freshmen international studies majors Michael Hill of Falls Church, VA and Madison Davis of Uhrichsville, OH joined sophomores George Ayers, a biology major of Uhrichsville, Eric Gillespie, an international studies major of McComb, and Victoria Adams, an international studies major of Hanoverton as the team representing Mount Union at the conference, held February 22-25.
The conference simulated the United Nations and consisted of eight different committees dealing with diverse topics. The MountUnion students discussed and debated topics ranging from human rights in the Palestinian territories to nuclear proliferation and the treatment of women.
The conference is one of the largest regional conferences with over 50 schools from the United States representing 80 countries. This was the second year that MountUnion sent a team to the competition in St. Louis.
The St. Louis trip follows MountUnion's Model United Nations Club's trip to the American Model United Nations Conference in November, where they represented the country of Oman. It is the third consecutive year that MountUnion has made an appearance at the conference, held annually in Chicago.
'Since the founding of the Model United Nations at Mount Union, the club has grown dramatically not only in membership, but in the number and caliber of conferences the students get to attend and the opportunities offered to them,' said Dr. Michael Grossman, assistant professor of political science, director of the international studies program and advisor of Mount Union's Model United Nations Club. 'The organization has many plans for the future including a return trip to New York for a special training session that includes a visit to the real United Nations and competitions in Philadelphia and New York.'