Cameron University students represent the nation of Chad during Midwest Model United Nations 56th Session

Six Cameron University students recently participated in the Midwest Model United Nations 56th Session in St. Louis, Mo. The Cameron contingent participated as the delegation from the nation of Chad during four days of competition. Midwest Model UN is an annual conference that serves as a forum for college students to learn about international affairs, diplomacy and teamwork.  Jennifer Grimm, a freshman political science major, received the Michael Stevens Shower Memorial Model U.N. Scholarship for her essay on women in the U.N.

“Participating at the Midwest Model U.N. provides an exceptional learning experience for our students and gives them an opportunity to demonstrate effective communication and critical thinking,” says Dr. Wendy Whitman Cobb, Assistant Professor of Political Science. “Next year, the Cameron delegation will represent the United States at the conference.”

Whitman Cobb and Dr. Roni Kay O’Dell, Assistant Professor, prepared the students for the Midwest Model U.N. and accompanied them to the conference.

This year’s conference focused on a variety of issues including illicit brokering activities, non-proliferation, arms limitations and disarmament agreements and commitments, the U.N. Conference on Human Settlements, the eradication of poverty, and humanitarian assistance for natural disasters. Approximately 400 students from 41 colleges and universities participated in the competition.

Grimm, Lawton, was a member of the Second Committee, which dealt with human settlement and poverty.

Josey Dennis, a history major from Choctaw, was on First Committee which dealt with combating illicit activities and nonproliferation. Norman Holcomb, an interdisciplinary studies major from Lawton, was on Third Committee which dealt with women's issues and humanitarian assistance in natural disasters. Keesha Holcomb, a graduate student in education from Lawton, was on Fourth Committee and dealt with peaceful uses of outer space and the Middle East. Kelly High, a junior history major from Lawton, was on Security Council and dealt with issues of transnational crime and Syria. Lawton’s Novia Hernandez-Henley, a double major pursuing degrees in political science and social studies education, worked on the staff, serving as rapporteur and legal.

Cameron University’s participation in the Midwest Model UN was funded through the Dr. William L. and Barbara Scearce Endowed Lectureship in Political Science.

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February 24, 2016

PR# 16-033