Eleven Cameron University students recently participated in the Midwest Model United Nations 58th Session in St. Louis, Mo. The Cameron contingent participated as the delegation from the United Kingdom in a simulation of the United Nations General Assembly, Security Council and Economic and Social Council during four days of competition. Midwest Model U.N. is an annual conference that serves as a forum for college students to learn about international affairs, diplomacy and teamwork.
“By participating at the Midwest Model U.N., Cameron students realize the difficulties and complexities of international relations while broadening their perspective of the world of politics,” says Dr. Wendy Whitman Cobb, Assistant Professor of Political Science.
Several students from the delegation earned recognition.
Rebecca Harris, Lawton, and Kristopher Mayfield, Okmulgee, won Outstanding Delegation for their work on the General Assembly Second Committee.
Robbie Day, Elgin; Chelsi Chaffin, Marlow; and Rylee McKee, Lawton, won Outstanding Delegation for their work on Economic and Social Council Plenary.
Day also earned two individual accolades. He won Best Position Paper and honorable mention for Outstanding Delegation, both for his work on the International Labour Organization.
Luis Jaquez, Elk City, won Best Position Paper for Security Council North.
Cameron students Kass Basham, Clarksburg, W.V., and Teresa Canada, Madlaine Farmer, Novia Hernandez Henley and Daryl Nottingham, all of Lawton, were also part of the delegation.
Among the topics that the delegates discussed were nuclear non-proliferation in the Middle East, ensuring affordable and sustainable energy for all, implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, human rights for the Palestinian people, science and technology for food security, international labor standards, health care and pharmacological patents, and children in armed conflict.
Next year, Cameron’s Midwest Model United Nations team will represent Ethiopia.
Cameron University’s participation in the Midwest Model U.N. was funded through the Dr. William L. and Barbara Scearce Endowed Lectureship in Political Science.
The Midwest Model U.N. has three goals: to promote interest and understanding of the nations of the world; to help students gain a broader perspective of global issues and the role of the United Nations in world politics; and to encourage investigation into the field of international studies.
March 2, 2018