Model United Nations

Model United Nations Background

The Model United Nations at the Community College of Aurora (CCA) is an exciting, large-scale immersive learning simulation focused on international engagement, community outreach, and an interdisciplinary student curriculum. The program is, in part, a modification of the NMUN program where participants take on the role of a national delegation and then simulate that role through a UN body. 

Over the past four years, CCA has developed an interdisciplinary curriculum focusing on significant thematic issues before the UN in the given year. Themes included: the treatment of prisoners, the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, economic health and development, and humanitarian intervention in Syria.

The structure of the program reflects the changing realities of education as we move from a model of instructors as controllers and deliverers of information to one in which faculty become facilitators of student learning,  guiding students into forming their own conclusions and building their own knowledge base.

When students immerse themselves into their delegations it is up to them to critically engage the issue, to consider how or even if that issue is relevant to their national context, and to develop a realistic strategy for international engagement through diplomacy.




 

CCA Model United Nations Team Wins Honorable Mention Delegation in 2019

The Community College of Aurora National Model United Nations team received Honorable Mention Delegation honors on March 28 in New York City at the National Model United Nations Conference. Find out more about the NMUN experience from the video below

National MUN Conference

Each spring, CCA sends approximately 18 students to New York City for the National Model United Nations Conference. Students participate with over 5,000 delegates from across the world, each one representing a member-state or non-governmental organization affiliated with the actual United Nations. This week-long conference allows the students to work as a single delegation representing countries like the Republic of Korea and Ethiopia (our past country assignments) to address real-world problems, practice diplomacy, and work with global leaders. This once in a lifetime event also allows the students to embrace the rich culture and heritage of New York as we go to Broadway musicals, museums, see the Statue of Liberty, and enjoy some of the best attractions New York has to offer.

2019 National MUN Conference Delegates

Congratulations to the 2019 delegates who represented the North Macedonia and Poland at the New York National MUN Conference in March 2019. Below you will find each of the students as well the committees they are assigned and the topics they will cover.

Austin Greene—Head Delegate

Christina Sachi Nakata– United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA)

    Topics:

  1. Inclusive Development for Persons with Disabilities
  2. Combating Human Trafficking
  3. Strengthening Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Assistant
     
    Elena Martin Hernandez and Julian Aranda – Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP)
        Topics:
  1. The Role of Youth in Achieving the Paris Agreement
  2. Capacity-Building for Combating Climate Change in Developing Countries
  3. Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change

 

Jaylem Durousseau and Colin Wong – General Assembly First Committee (GA1)

    Topics: 

  1. Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security
  2. Nuclear Disarmament and International Security
  3. International Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space
     
    Mahlia Baldrey and Nicholas Gere – General Assembly Second Committee (GA2)
        Topics:
  1. External Debt Sustainability and Development
  2. Facilitating Knowledge Transfer for Sustainable Development
  3. Ensuring Access to Affordable, Reliable, Sustainable, and Modern Energy for All
     
    Kaream J. Reid and Shoshanna Howey - General Assembly Third Committee (GA3)
        Topics:
  1. Inclusive Development for Persons with Disabilities
  2. Combating Human Trafficking
  3. Strengthening Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Assistant
     
    Sean Milmore - Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
        Topics:
  1. Providing Adequate Shelter for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons
  2. Supporting Sustainable Return and Reintegration of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons
  3. Strengthening the Capacity of Refugee Resettlement Countries
     
    Myriam-Fernanda Alcala Delgado and Christian Tefera - Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations (C-34)
        Topics:
  1. Mainstreaming Gender in Peacekeeping Operations
  2. Improving the Use of Technology in Peacekeeping Operations
  3. Accountability, Conduct, and Discipline in Peacekeeping Operations
     
    Steven Vanhulle - Poland (Security Council A)
        Topics:
  1. Youth, Peace, and Security
  2. Threats to International Peace and Security Caused by Terrorist Acts
  3. The Situation in Myanmar

Local MUN Conference - To participate in this event, students need to be enrolled in an on-campus CCA Political Science, Cultural Anthropology, World Geography, or Ethnic Studies class in the fall semester.

National MUN - The opportunity to join the highly competitive team is open to anyone who participates in the local Model United Nations in the fall (or has participated in a previous year), who is in good academic standing, and is enrolled at CCA in the upcoming spring semester. To apply, visit the MUN application website. The deadline to apply for the upcoming Spring 2020 National MUN in New York is 11/1/2019.

For any questions on how to get involved, contact Dr. Bobby Pace, the Social Sciences Chair, at Bobby.Pace@CCAurora.edu.

Awards

2015 Honorable Mention Delegation at National Competition

2015 2nd place Film Competition (courtesy of Ryan Elam)

2015 Outstanding Position Paper, General Assembly 2 at National Competition

2016 Honorable Mention Delegation at National Competition

2016 1st place Film Competition (courtesy of Ryan Elam)

2017 Honorable Mention Delegation at National Competition

2017 1st place Film Competition (courtesy of Ryan Elam)

2018 Distinguished Delegation

2019 Honorable Mention Delegation

Social Media for CCA Model United Nations

Twitter: @CCA_MUN

Facebook page for CCA Model United Nations

Gallery

Han Dong-man, Consul General of the Republic of Korea, visits CCA in January 2016

The Republic of Korea's Consul General Han Dong-man posing with CCA staff and students during a January 2016 visit

 




The CCA National Model United Nations Team's Spring 2016 Trip

CCA students talking during National Model United Nations in spring 2016 CCA students working and discussing during National Model United Nations in spring 2016

 

CCA students working during National Model United Nations in spring 2016 CCA students pose during a break during National Model United Nations in spring 2016

 

CCA students discussing topics during National Model United Nations in spring 2016 CCA students pose during National Model United Nations in spring 2016

 

CCA students pose for a group photo at National Model United Nations in New York City in spring 2016 CCA students pose in the United Nations General Assembly Hall during National Model United Nations in spring 2016

 

CCA students and students from across the country in the United Nations General Assembly Hall The honorable mentions award won by the CCA National Model United Nations team in spring 2016

 

The CCA Model UN team poses with its honorable mention award at National model United Nations in spring 2016

The CCA Model UN team poses with its honorable mention award at National model United Nations in spring 2016

 

 

 







CCA Model United Nations team members met with Oh Joon, ambassador and permanent representative of the Republic of Korea in New York in spring 2016

CCA students meet with Oh Joon, representative for the Republic of Korea in New York City in spring 2016

 

 

 




Fun Around the City

A photo of Times Square CCA students and staff looking around in Times Square during the trip to National Model United Nations in spring 2016

 

CCA students pose in front of the ice rink at Rockefeller Center in New York City during the National Model United Nations trip in spring 2016 CCA students ride the subway in New York City during their National Model United Nations trip in spring 2016

 

CCA students pose for a group photo in New York City during the National Model United Nations event in spring 2016 A CCA student tours a cultural building during the National Model United Nations team's visit in spring 2016

 

CCA students at dinner during National Model United Nations in spring 2016

CCA students pose in front of the Hard Rock Cafe sign in New York City in spring 2016

 

CCA students pose in front of a Broadway marquee as part of the National Model United Nations' team's visit in spring 2016

A CCA student pedals a bicycle on the streets of New York City during the National Model United Nations team's trip in spring 2016

 

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