Nicole Montero/Asst. News Director
Last weekend, the University’s Model United Nations team took home the Outstanding Large Delegation Award at the Harvard National Model United Nations Conference.
The conference, held from Feb. 12-15 in Boston, drew teams from over 300 universities and 68 countries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia and had over 3,000 students competing.
President Mark B. Rosenberg took to social media to announce the news.
“BREAKING NEWS: Last night, FIU took the Outstanding Large Delegation Award at the National Model United Nations Conference!!!” he wrote on a post via Facebook. “For the second year, FIU captured [this award] – this time with 7 more points…”
According to Rosenberg’s post, the team hopes to continue their success at the University of Chicago Model United Nations Conference in April.
The University’s delegation, comprised of 20 students, won 10 awards as a group–surpassing any awards they’ve received in the past years.
John Stack, executive director of the School of International and Public Affairs and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, is very proud of the team’s victory.
“We are absolutely delighted by our team’s success in Boston,” Stack said in an FIU News article. “The Harvard National Model United Nations is one of the most prestigious conferences in the circuit. Our students’ hard work continues to pay off and we couldn’t be more proud of their success.”
The Model United Nations program is part of a political science course within the University.
It is supported by the College of Arts and Sciences, School of International and Public Affairs and Student Government Association.
The team is led by Director Ethan Roberts, a senior international relations major, and seven senior delegates.
Gabriela Guadalupe, a senior political science major and one of the senior delegates on the team, is proud of the team’s performance at the conference.
“Being part of the Model UN program has been the highlight of my undergraduate career,” she said. “Each year, the competition becomes more fierce, but it’s a challenge we have consistently overcome. Winning this award goes to show that our delegates remain some of the best in the country. I couldn’t be more proud to be part of that legacy.”