UNC Pembroke’s Model United Nations team brought home multiple awards during the Southern Regional Model United Nations Conference in Atlanta Nov. 16 - 18.
The team took nine awards, exceeding the record tally taken at last year’s conference by one and making UNCP the most decorated delegation at the conference.
Included among the awards were two Outstanding Delegation Awards given to Iceland and Norway, an Honorable Delegation Award given to Italy, and six outstanding individual delegate awards given to exceptional students in each of their committees.
UNCP also represented Costa Rica at the conference. The Atlanta conference boasts 700 students from more than 50 universities scattered throughout the southeast.
“It’s been difficult to contain my extreme pride for the team and what they did in Atlanta,” said faculty advisor Dr. Kevin Freeman, from the Department of Political Science and Public Administration.
“Exceeding our awards count from last year’s Atlanta conference went beyond my expectations. This might be the best team we have ever sent to a conference.”
UNCP has won more than 60 individual and team awards at various conferences over the last three years.
Model United Nations emphasizes cooperative, hands-on, experiential learning that allows students to confront a range of topics with the perspective of their assigned country or organization.
Through these experiences --during preparation, in committee sessions, and even in hallway caucuses --students develop an appreciation of differing viewpoints, experience the challenges of negotiation, see the rewards of cooperation, broaden their world view, and discover the human side of international relations and diplomacy.
The UNCP team will attend the Southern Regional Spring Conference in Charlotte April 12-14, 2018. The Braves will represent Germany, Belarus, and Egypt.