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Model UN and Diplomacy

Washington College students compete with the brightest undergraduates from the best schools in the country in various simulations that focus on international diplomacy and politics at the Security Council Simulation at Yale University (Model Diplomacy) and at the Model United Nations at McGill University.

Students can complete an optional two-credit course that corresponds with these simulations, in which students are offered individualized feedback on their committee research for a model simulation, background information on important developments in international affairs and major international organizations, and the opportunity to reflect on the linkage between the model experience and the actual practice of international organizations in the 21st and previous centuries.

Model Diplomacy

Latoya Gatewood-Young '11 and Tricia Bonman '09 at the Security Council Simulation at Yale. Latoya Gatewood-Young '11 and Tricia Bonman '09 at the Security Council Simulation at Yale. Latoya Gatewood-Young ‘11 and Tricia Bonman ‘09 at the Security Council Simulation at Yale. Each October, a delegation of about 15 students travels to New Haven, Connecticut to attend the Security Council Simulation at Yale University, currently advised by Dr. Tahir Shad. Here, students discuss foreign policy issues in terms of international law and crisis resolution in committees of the Security Council and a wide range of other modeled simulations, including business decision-making and diplomacy from the distant past. The three-day simulation, grounded in parliamentary procedure and committee structure, is solid preparation for other, larger Model UN simulations. The cost of the program is partially underwritten by the Goldstein Program in Public Affairs.

Washington College students at parcipate in the Model Diplomacy Program.Washington College students at parcipate in the Model Diplomacy Program.Some students push themselves to prepare further through an optional two-credit class on Model Diplomacy (Prerequisite: application and acceptance into a model diplomacy program.) This two-credit course is offered as a complement to required delegate training for participation in an off-campus model diplomacy simulation. The course goes beyond the basics of delegate preparation (public speaking, model procedure, and familiarity with committee topics) to offer a broader framework for understanding the evolution of the practice of diplomacy, principal challenges facing diplomats today, and the role of diplomacy and the diplomat in the modern world.

E-mail tshad2@washcoll.edu to request further information on how to participate in the Model Diplomacy Program, which is organized by the student-led International Studies Council.

Model United Nations

Brittany Doggett '09 and Tricia Bonman '09 at the Model UN Simulation at McGill University.Brittany Doggett '09 and Tricia Bonman '09 at the Model UN Simulation at McGill University.Brittany Doggett ‘09 and Tricia Bonman ‘09 at the Model UN Simulation at McGill University. For over twenty years, Washington College delegations have been participating in the international Model United Nations simulation at McGill University in Montreal, currently advised by Dr. Tahir Shad. Top Washington College seniors are invited to participate in the World Model UN Conference held in a different location each year, recently in Geneva, the Hague, and Taipei, currently advised by Dr. Tahir Shad.

The Washington College contingent at the Model UN Simulation.The Washington College contingent at the Model UN Simulation.Students can also sign up for an optional two-credit course on the Model United Nations, which is offered as a complement to required delegate training for participation in an off-campus model United Nations simulation. The course goes beyond the basics of delegate preparation (public speaking, model procedure, and familiarity with committee topics) to offer a broader framework for understanding the evolution of the United Nations since its founding in 1945, principal challenges it faces today, and the role of diplomacy and the diplomat in the modern world. As part of the course, students are offered individualized feedback on their committee research for the model simulation, background information on important developments in international affairs and major international organizations, and the opportunity to reflect on the linkage between the model experience and the actual practice of international organizations in the 21st and previous centuries.

E-mail tshad2@washcoll.edu to request further information on how to participate in the Model United Nations Program, which is partially underwritten by the Student Government Association (SGA) and organized by the student-led International Studies Council.

Harvard World Model United Nations

Top student performers in the Model Programs are invited to participate in the Harvard World Model United Nations program in their senior year, held each year in a different city around the world. In recent years, WAC delegates, under the leadership of Dr. Tahir Shad and with partial funding from the Goldstein Program in Public Affairs, have attended conferences in The Hague, The Netherlands (read about the delegates’ experiences at The Hague) and Taipei, Taiwan.