The Washington College Model UN (WACMUN) is set for November 8-10; the new venture will help put the College on the Model UN map, something fairly rare for small liberal arts institutions.
Student organizers, all members of the International Studies Council, got the green light from President Mitchell Reiss and Provost and Dean Emily Chamlee-Wright in April.
Valerie Bardhi ’15, co-president of the ISC, says WACMUN will be a great leadership and organizational challenge for the sponsoring students. In addition to showcasing the College to prospective students, the conference will also raise money to help undergraduates attend more college-level conferences, such as Harvard’s WorldMUN.
The ISC is reaching out to about 40 schools in the mid-Atlantic region. They hope to attract teams of about 100 students, although Professor Tahir Shad, the council’s faculty advisor, says even 75 will be enough for a successful conference. Those students would spend a three-day weekend participating in the conference and attending other events on campus. Shad, who has cultivated his students’ participation in Model UN programs at Harvard, Yale and McGill universities, says very few small liberal arts colleges run Model UN programs. “So, that’s the niche we’re going to try and build,” he says.