International Relations: Gannon University Students to Attend North American Model U.N.
Posted: February 23, 2017
Five Gannon University students with an interest in
international affairs will travel to Toronto on February 24 to
participate in the North American Model U.N. (NAMUN).
For the students, NAMUN is a rare opportunity to participate in
Model U.N. proceedings representing various countries such as
Argentina, Brazil, Cote D'Ivoire and Guinea. While the five
students are intimately familiar with the workings of Model U.N.,
their role as participants is novel.
All have been organizers and moderators of the Gannon University
Model U.N. for high school students, which is the longest-running
organization of its type in the country, and the second-oldest
Model U.N. in the world.
Hosted by the University of Toronto since 1985, NAMUN is a forum
by which students from colleges and universities around the globe
can understand the complex challenges faced by the international
community in areas such as security and development, human rights,
economic and social progress, and learn about diverse cultures,
political systems and history.
Many of those topics come together in the unique role that
Katherine Greissinger, a biology/pre-med major from Erie, will take
at a meeting of NAMUN's Joint Crisis committee that will simulate
the Qing court during China's nationalist Boxer Rebellion of
1899-1901. Greissinger will portray Zhao Sanduo, a double
challenge, given that Zhao is not only a historical figure, but
also a male.
For Donoven Chase, the incoming Secretary General of the 2017
Gannon Model UN and a history major from Waterford, Pa., Model U.N.
is more than an enjoyable educational exercise. "The reason I came
to Gannon University is the Edward Lamb Model U.N. scholarship I
received. Every year, the Gannon Model U.N. conference gives out
four-year scholarships of $3,000 per year to students who
participate in Model U.N. It's an incredible opportunity to come
together with students to discuss international affairs and come up
with solutions to a problem, especially from the points of view of
countries that aren't often heard from."
Brandon Saraniti, an international studies/foreign languages
double major from Macedonia, Ohio, will represent Argentina, and
plans to use this opportunity to research the country in which he
hopes to study in the future.
Anjali Sahay, Ph.D., associate professor of political science
and the faculty advisor of the Model U.N. group, said "I am very
excited for the excellent international experiential learning
opportunity for the students to attend a college Model U.N.
conference. Being an international trip, this conference has
definitely built up the planning (including getting passports for
some students), research, communication and leadership skills of