The Community College of Aurora’s 16-person delegation to the National Model United Nations Conference won three awards from the National Collegiate College Association (NCCA) during the March 21-27 session held in New York.
CCA was one of just three community colleges participating among 400 colleges and universities from around the world. The college’s delegation represented Ethiopia. It was recognized as an honorable mention honoree for Outstanding Delegation and one of 22 cited in the General Assembly Second Committee for Outstanding Position Paper, led by students Chau Tran and Jessica Pineda.
Hector Varela-Sierra won Best Delegate in the Non-Proliferation Treaty category.
“These awards are an affirmation that our students are extremely capable,” said Dr. Bobby Pace, the Political Science faculty who was chief organizer of the trip.
“They prepared and constantly worked by themselves outside of the training we held at the college, and, in the end, the preparation we gave them was equal to, or better than, what the other schools had gotten. Their efforts are even more impressive when considering that CCA’s delegation activities were not part of a for-credit class, which was offered at many of the competing institutions.”
The Model United Nations (MUN) started at CCA in 2013 after a 38-year statewide hiatus. It is an immersive learning simulation focused on international engagement, community outreach and an interdisciplinary student curriculum.
CCA represented Ethiopia in honor of Aurora’s newest sister city, Adama.