Club Spotlight: Model UN
By Kat Franklin
How would you solve the North Korean nuclear crisis? How would you provide humanitarian relief for thirty million Sudanese facing starvation? How can the international community offset climate change? These are the kind of real-world problems the Model UN attempts to resolve.
Model UN is a club devoted to students working together to build a better tomorrow. In the club, students solve world problems with resolutions, offering their own innovative ideas to make the world a better place. Model UN meets on Fridays, 2:30- 3:15. There are no fees or requirements to join the club. Mr. Martinez is the club sponsor and director.
What is Model UN all about?
Mr. Martinez: Students are members of the international community, trying to solve real world problems.
What were your plans for the club when you started it?
Mr. Martinez: My purpose was to raise awareness of international issues and foreign affairs.
How does it make students better?
Mr. Martinez: By developing their academic and public speaking skills.
When was Model UN founded?
Mr. Martinez: It started in 2017
What kind of activities are involved?
Mr. Martinez: You explore the dynamics of geopolitics by assuming the roles of U.N. representatives. As their country’s spokesperson, delegates are presented with discussion tips and placed on committees where they conduct research, draft resolutions, and formulate positions that identify possible solutions while keeping with the country’s policy.
Do you think Model UN will continue to be here in coming years?
Mr. Martinez: Yes, because it’s a student centered club.
Is it purely academic?
Mr. Martinez: No, it’s fun. You learn about different cultures, different countries. You learn about the world and all the people around the world.
Interview with Sarah Lange, Vice President
Why did you join Model UN?
Sarah Lange, Vice President: I wanted to learn more about the way my government works and how countries can come to peaceful resolutions.
What do you do in Model UN?
Sarah: We each have a country and we pick a topic for the week. We research the topic and write a resolution on it. A resolution is how we can come to a united, peaceful compromise that takes into account the values and priorities of all countries.
What’s the best part of Model UN?
Sarah: It’s a good way to learn more about the world. It’s informative and competitive, because you get to debate with other people and push for your resolution to pass.
Why should students join it?
Sarah: If they’re interested in being in an friendly environment, focused on learning more and getting involved in government.