St. Thomas students attend Model United Nations

St. Thomas students attend Model United Nations

The Model United Nations team of the Foreign Affairs Club participated in the American Model United Nations Conference Nov. 17-21 in Chicago, Ill. The students represented the delegations of Norway and Bulgaria.

Participants included: Matthew Eldred, Haley Waller, Rachel Hoffman, Martha Garcia, Yusuf Kalif, Thomas Sullivan, Rafael Vasconcellos, Holly Rud, Brandon Ford, Chris Greising, Anna Zearley, Corey Getchell, Jacob Martell, Andrew Engen, Hanad Mohammed, Nataliya Shipulina, Linsey Heringer, Kaitlyn Joyce, Madeline Jack, Tricia Nelson and Ericka Ashley.

This is the largest number of students ever attending a Model United Nations conference. More than 1,400 participants from more than 75 colleges and universities were at the conference, including several international delegations.

Sen. Robert Krueger, former congressman and senator from Texas, was this year's keynote speaker. He has represented the United States as ambassador to Mexico, Burundi and Botswana and was special representative of the U.S. Secretary of State to the 14 nations of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

Author of a recently published book, From Bloodshed to Hope in Burundi, Krueger spoke about the genocide he witnessed while ambassador in Burundi and what students and individuals today can do to prevent human rights abuses worldwide.

The Model United Nations team is beginning preparations for upcoming spring conferences. New members are welcome; meetings are held during the convo hour Tuesdays in Room 481, John R. Roach Center for the Liberal Arts.

For more information, e-mail Foreign Affairs Club president, Matt Eldred, or Haley Waller, secretary.