Model UN Team Earns Third Place in International Conference

National Model UN Logo in purple with circle of grey dots
The SUNY Old Westbury Model United Nations student delegation recently participated in the annual National Model United Nations conference in New York City, earning the third place/honorable mention award for their performance. Additionally, two Politics, Economics, and Law students, Elisha Albert and Jakyra McLeod, earned an Outstanding Paper Award for their work on the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations. 
 
Representing the Republic of Mali while competing against college students from more than 130 universities worldwide, the Old Westbury team applied what they learned in the College's Model United Nations course, and got to experience the many inner-workings of diplomats including sitting on committees, and participating in presentations, speeches, and debates. 
 
More than 5,000 university students come to New York City each spring to take part in the the world’s oldest and largest intercollegiate Model United Nations conference. Half of the students at the conference are from outside the United States, making this a true global meeting.

The SUNY Old Westbury 2019 delegation consisted of Albert, Ashley Alvarado, Kelsey Blake (Head Delegate), Shawn Chapman, Zeena Chrayde, Hana Elgoarany, Matthew Hairston, Toluwalope Jolaoso, McLeod, Priscila Ortega, Kayla Paul, Evan Rufrano and Alexa Syracuse. Students on the team had to complete the "Model United Nations” course at SUNY Old Westbury to learn what rules, regulations and procedures are necessary as diplomats at the United Nations.
 
Thirteen Old Westury students stand before a blue United Nations banner
The 2019 SUNY Old Westbury National Model U.N. team.