Hope Model UN Team Represent Malawi at National Conference

A group of nine students from Hope International University is currently participating in annual Harvard National Model United Nations conference in Boston, MA. Neil Baker, Sarah Brown, Beatrice Krause, Hilary Lamont, Catherine Lowry, Kasey Philyaw, Sine Schrimer, Danny Sugimoto, and Amy Thorne are representing the Republic of Malawi, located in southeast Africa. The students are joined by faculty advisors Roberto Sirvent, Associate Professor, College of Arts & Sciences; and Dr. Steve Edgington, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. Two members of the 2011 team, Heather Hicks (BA ‘12) and Ryan McKinney (BA ‘12), are also with the 2012 team as advisors.

The Model UN is centered on delegations working to have their position heard. In some cases, students will give a persuasive argument in front of a large committee while other times teams will work with other delegations to create resolutions to present to the committee. Each year the conference boasts more than 3,000 students from colleges and universities in 35 countries.

Last year marked Hope’s first appearance at the conference, where they represented the small African country, Eritrea. The delegation was very well received, as Professor Sirvent commented at the time. "I could not be more proud of them," he said. "From my conversations with them, other students, and fellow faculty advisors, it was obvious that they were more prepared than many of their competitors."

The 2012 Harvard National Model UN will run February 16 – 19.

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