Model UN struggles to find an adviser

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Model UN struggles to find an adviser

Ivy Nguyen, Staff Writer

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Students with a passion to resolve issues outside of the United States assemble together every week and act as delegates from different countries—or they would, if they could find an adviser to lend a room and guidance.

Ayesha Abbasi, senior and the president of Model UN, said, “Model UN is a mock of the United Nations. We represent countries as delegates, and each pair chooses a delegation to work with, such as the political decolonization of Morocco.”

Veronika Dvorakova,  senior and 3-year member of MUN, said, “Model UN is a very enriching club, both academically and in terms of the public speaking experience it provides participants. It was a great opportunity for me to get over my shyness when it came to public speaking as an underclassman.”

This year, the club was hoping to attend the MUN conference at Stanford in October, but it was having trouble finding an adviser because a lot of teachers were not willing to take on the club because of prior engagements.

Abbasi said, “What a lot of teachers didn’t understand was that this is a student run club and teachers would not need to do much besides give up a classroom once a week and spend a weekend to escort us to the conference.”

One weekend may seem like a lot to spend, but this club helps to push students to think about a bigger picture and to think past just a local setting and take intellect, acceptance, and understanding to an international level.

In the end, Abbasi was able to get Michelle McKee, the AP Psychology teacher, to be the club’s adviser. The club will likely attend the Stanford conference in October and possibly a Berkeley conference in April.

Model UN meetings are in D-21 every first and third Thursday.

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