Seventeen students from Morgan Park Academy’s Upper School took part in one of the biggest Model UN conferences in the nation, joining more than 3,000 high school students at the Model United Nations of the University of Chicago on Feb. 7-10, 2019.

Teaming up to represent the Commonwealth of the Bahamas on committees dealing with education, corruption, women’s rights, and human trafficking were Adenike Basurto, Angela Cabrera, Emmett Campbell, Andrew Delaney, Ignatius Gathman, Jackson Glanton, Zara Hashmi, Christian Ikediobi, Dillon Leonard, India Lopez, Maya Lopez, Carter Middleton, Olga Mourgelas, Kennedy Olguin, Kelsey Ramski, Christopher Skawiniak, and Hunter Vujevic.

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 31st year, MUNUC is one of the premier conferences in the country, attracting students from around the world to create a diverse and stimulating experience.