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UCR Students Headed for New York

UC Riverside Students to Wrestle with International Issues at United Nations

Model United Nations Program Sharpens Students’ Persuasive Abilities

(April 1, 2004)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (March 22, 2004) -- A team of students from UC Riverside will travel to New York for a Model United Nations conference April 6 through 10 that puts college students from all over the nation in the same seats as the real United Nations ambassadors, wrestling with the same kinds of international issues.

The New York conference is the highlight of a busy schedule that includes travel to regional competitions and planning an annual conference for high school students here at UC Riverside each February. During the 2004 conference, 400 high school students took part in discussions and negotiations on international issues.

Model United Nations, which has a nearly 40-year history at UCR, allows students to represent particular countries or organizations. They research issues and advocate for the interests of their country or organization. Competitions typically include topics such as the fight against terrorism, the operation of international criminal courts, the status of women, disputes over land and borders, the World Trade Organization, and other issues. This year UC Riverside students will represent CARE international, a non-profit agency that has observer status at the United Nations.

Ben Feldman, a graduate student in environmental science, directs the UCR Model United Nations program this year. “I believe that Model United Nation encourages every value that we look for in a good student, and a valuable member of society,” Feldman said. “You have to be able to speak well in a group setting, to be persuasive, to do extensive research, to pay attention to what is going on in the world. It’s probably one of the best examples of experiential learning that there is.”

In the last outing of the UC Riverside team, at a Long Beach conference, UCR won nine of the 30 awards available at the conference, more than any other school competing. Feldman said UCR typically does well, perhaps because there is a long tradition on campus.

Below is a list of UCR students who won awards in Long Beach:
Adrianna Brambila and Nikhil Mathur, representing Amnesty International; Diana Lee, representing Belarus; Anil Raj and Vibhore Bhaskar, representing CARE International; Min Tun, representing Haiti; Michelle Barley, representing Liberia; Raees Ebrahim, representing the Russian Federation in the Security Council; and Adam Tubbs, representing Turkey.

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