Model UN

One of my motivations in teaching was
that I wanted to focus on broadening the scope and worldview of my students and I
had been involved in multi United Nations in high school myself and as far
as I knew there was no Model United Nations of any kind based here for
public schools. There’s plenty of other ways to do Model United Nations, but
they’re usually quite expensive and they were just completely out of the reach of
his students so he came to Towson’s department of political science and asked “hey,
is there anything that Towson could do?” Hugh and I came together and said there
must be some way to do this without having to cost lots of money and there
wasn’t. We wound up actually creating a different way to do Model UN. All the
students are volunteers, all the faculty are volunteers, all the staff are
volunteers. That way we can make it accessible to all high schoolers
regardless of their family’s socio-economic circumstances. We realized
that the exact students that we were trying to help weren’t always fully
prepared to just jump into a Model UN conference so we created a training day
where the high school students come on to Towson’s campus. The students meet with
professors that are experts in the regions in which they’re assigned and
they also meet with Towson University students so they spent a whole day
training and that really gets them prepared to do the research on their own
country so that they can embody those perspectives. The experience of coming
onto a college campus makes the idea of college real for students. Many of our
students would be first-time college goers and it’s important for them to see
themselves as college students for them to really prepare to be college students.
By the end, they really begin to get a very good understanding of what college
students do they start asking them personal questions about what college
life is like and it really begins to create a nice repertoire between
students. The 10th graders get an understanding of like where they’re
headed all the neat things that they can engage in. In any given semester they’re
about 20 to 30 Towson University students involved in Model UN. Dr. McCartney’s students come in and interact in the schools with
the Baltimore County students that are involved in the programs. For new
advisors and new teams she will assign a coach from Towson
University to come and work with the students and that gives them additional
support. My interactions with the high school students have been really
engaging and surprising. The majority of the students are just so excited to have
that opportunity and to just experience something that’s so new to them and
they’re learning something in a fun engaging way and it’s just this really
unifying experience when a resolution gets passed and everybody’s cheering
because it was just this huge group effort that all of these high school
students put together. Just seeing how bright they were and us just being able
to lead them and then them properly executing everything that they that they
learned was truly amazing. We’ve had to really stay on top of the news a lot.
Having the opportunity to really learn about what’s going on ,why
it’s going on. Like even what I can do to help it’s been something I’m really
grateful to have learned. Every year we go. My students leave so happy and
excited about global politics and I just think it takes them outside of their
their small box that we live in here in Maryland or even the United States and
gives them this global awareness. This program shows that Towson University is
really dedicated to being a part of the community that when there is a community
need that Towson University will be there.

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