In 2011, UNL re-started its Model UN (MUN) club, for which I serve as the adviser. Model UN is an international relations simulation, in which students step into the role of ambassadors from countries around the world and work to address pressing global issues, from climate change to nuclear nonproliferation. You can learn more about Model UN here. In Fall 2013, I began offering a one-credit Model UN course, which I will offer each fall term.
As we were a new club (UNL had fielded a Model UN team in the past, but it had been some years since the club was active), the students and I learned as we went. We were lucky to have the support of the Nebraska Chapter of UNA-USA during this growing period. Our group of dedicated and enthusiastic students learned the ins and outs of Model UN and prepared for the National Model UN Competition in New York, where they would represent the Netherlands. All of the students’ hard work and months of preparation paid off: at our team’s very first competition against some of the best teams from around the country and across the globe, the students earned honorable mention for best delegation. The students repeated their top performance representing the Central African Republic in 2014, earning honorable mention for best delegation. We are looking forward to many exciting years ahead of MUN at UNL!