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Model UN Team Awarded Prize


Hamline University’s Model United Nations (Model UN) Team earned an Honorable Mention Best Delegation award for their representation of Equatorial Guinea during the Model United Nations conference in New York City the week of April 14-19, 2019.

The thirteen-person Hamline team was lead by Payton Gresczyk as President, Sejla Ceric as Vice-President, and Head Delegates Sanjana Ketchum and Samantha Johnson. The other delegation members were Abdi Badri, Garret Witt, Jennifer Loya, Nicole Ronchetti, Nico Delgado-Sabogal, Nidhi Jariwala, Quinn Siegman, Tsion Tulu and Yasmin Hirsi.

“The team did an outstanding job debating, negotiating, and passing resolutions addressing real-world problems,’ said Chair of Global Studies Dr. Leila DeVriese who directs the Model UN program and the Global Engagement Center. “They mingled with delegates from over 150 different countries and built friendships with youth from all corners of the globe.”

More than 5000 university students from around the world attended the conference held at the UN Headquarters. Attendees participated in simulated UN committees and followed procedural rules developed by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). 

Gresczyk, a senior, said, "Model UN has been a huge part of my experience at Hamline. It has given me knowledge and skills that contribute to my overall learning experience and has proven useful in other classes."

Hamline’s Model UN program is a rigorous, academic program housed in the global studies department, but undergraduate students from any major or unit can apply. In addition to learning about the operations of the UN, participants expand their understanding of diversity, other cultures, and countries, become aware of global issues, and gain individual skills in research, negotiation, conflict resolution, public speaking and diplomacy.


Written by staff.