Pi Sigma Alpha - 2015 Model United Nations // Bogota, Colombia

Five political science students, Tatiana Brown, Melissa Deach, Jasmine Edison, Adam Hassanein, and Caelum Mroczek, and Professor Natasha Duncan attended the Sixth Annual Model United Nations (MUNUR15) at the Universidad del Rosario in Bogota, Colombia, November 6 - 9, 2015

Model United Nations is a simulation of real-world diplomacy. It provides students opportunities to develop negotiating and decision-making skills as they represent nation-states on committees in multilateral institutions. In preparation for their participation, our students researched the history, culture, economy, domestic political issues, and foreign policies of the respective nation-states they represented.

At the MUNUR15, over 300 students from all over the world, including India, the United States, Germany, Peru, Venezuela, and Canada, gathered to participate in the simulation of 14 committees across five inter-governmental organizations, with an aim of attending to contemporary global and/or regional challenges.

At MUNUR15, the countries our students represented, committees on which they served, and their respective tasks were as follows:

  • Tatiana Brown: Rwanda, African Union, considered matters on women, education and security

  • Melissa Deach: Philippines, San Francisco Conference 1945, designed the Security Council of the UN (imaged themselves as the framers of the Council during its creation)

  • Jasmine Edison: El Salvador, Special Political and Decolonization Committee (SPECPOL) - negotiated the status of non-self-governing territories and paths to self-determination for El Salvador

  • Adam Hassanein: Justice on the US Supreme Court, considered the case of the Japanese internment camps during WWII

  • Caelum Mroczek: Philippines, Special Political and Decolonization Committee

(SPECPOL) - negotiated the status of non-self-governing territories and paths to self-determination for the Philippines

Our students spent four days intensely negotiating within committees and networking with their newfound colleagues. The opening ceremony featured speakers including a former Colombian ambassador to Japan, the Secretary General of MUNUR15—a Universidad del Rosario student—the university's president, a senator, and the Fulbright director for Colombia.

A particular treat was meeting with Purdue alumnus, Gilberto Gomez, and his wife, Pilar. Gilberto is from Colombia and has been living in Bogota for 25 years. He graduated from Purdue in 1969!

Meet our delegates, all members of Pi Sigma Alpha at Purdue:

Tatiana Brown is a freshman majoring in political science. She is a native of Maryland with a keen interest in international relations. She participated in Model United Nations in high school and represented Rwanda on the African Union at MUNUR15.

Melissa Deach is from Los Angeles, CA majoring in political science and Russian. She is intrigued by the world of diplomacy and hopes to pursue a career in the field. She represented the Philippines on the San Francisco Conference 1945 at MUNUR15.

Jasmine Edison is a sophomore from South Bend, IN, majoring in political science and communication. She intends to practice law upon completion of her undergraduate and post-graduate studies. This was her first experience with Model UN but was excited to embrace the challenge. She represented El Salvador on the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (SPECPOL).

Adam Hassanein is no stranger to the world of debate. He is a member of the Purdue University Debate Team. He put these skills to use representing one of the justices on the US Supreme Court. Adam is a political science major and a sophomore. He comes to us from Illinois.

Caelum Mroczek is a freshman political science major. This native of South Bend, IN, is passionate about international affairs and is keen to learn as much as possible about different countries and cultures. He complements his political science major with studies in French and German. Caelum represented the Philippines on the Special Political and Decolonization committee (SPECPOL).

A recap of team member's thoughts about the Model UN experience is available @ 2015 Model United Nations.

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