Eight Upper School students took part in one of the biggest Model UN conferences in the nation, joining more than 2,600 high school students at the Model United Nations of the University of Chicago on Feb. 2-5.

Tasneem Abassi, Hannah Branit, Emma Huang, Celeste Kettaneh, Dillon Leonard, Olga Mourgelas, Vincent Oganwu, and Ben Rosen teamed up to represent Ghana on committees dealing with human rights, refugees, disarmament and international security, atomic energy, and social, humanitarian, and cultural issues.
Model UN is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about civics, current events, effective communication, globalization, and multilateral diplomacy. Students take on roles as diplomats and participate in a simulated session of an intergovernmental organization (IGO).
During a conference, participants must employ a variety of communication and critical thinking skills to represent the policies of their country. These skills include public speaking, group communication, research, policy analysis, active listening, negotiating, conflict resolution, note taking, and technical writing. The conference allows participants to learn about the countries they are assigned to represent and gain an understanding of international relations.
The Model United Nations of the University of Chicago (MUNUC) is a four-day conference providing high-school students with the opportunity to learn about and engage with the world around them through educational simulations of the United Nations and other transnational decision-making bodies. Each year, the conference includes a diverse range of 26 committees, spanning a breadth of issues, formats of debate, and time periods. Now in its 29th year, MUNUC is one of the premier conferences in the country, attracting students from around the world to create a diverse and stimulating experience.