The College of Charleston Model United Nations Club recently participated in the Southern Regional Model United Nations (SRMUN) Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. The sixteen member team secured two awards – “Outstanding Position Paper Representing China” and “Honorable Delegation Representing China.”
The awards are particularly impressive since this is the club’s second year as a campus organization. Senior Morgan Godfrey started the club as an extension of the Model United Nations course taught in the fall and as an opportunity for students who could not fit the class into their schedules. The club’s membership grew by 50 percent this year. Dr. Max Kovalov serves as the club’s advisor.
To prepare for the competition, the club met once a week for an hour to draft position papers and engage in debate practice. The SRMUN competition kicked off with opening ceremonies and a key note lecture and then progressed to the various committee sessions. According to Club president Sean Killion, “all members did a phenomenal job of engaging in the tasks at hand even if they had no prior experience with the organization.” He also noted that “club participation enhances public speaking, negotiation, and writing skills.”
Students interested in learning more about the Model UN Club can learn more at the fall annual club fair on campus. The Model UN Club meets on Tuesdays at 6:00 pm in Maybank 300.