Normandale students participate in Model United Nations Conference

By Steven Geller - Director of Media and Public Relations

For the sixth year in a row, Normandale Community College political science instructor Elizabeth Klages traveled with Normandale students from the Model United Nations class to participate in the annual Arrowhead Model United Nations Conference (AMUNC), this year hosted by Minnesota State University, Mankato. 

This event was a gathering of regional colleges and universities from Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin to take part in a simulation of a United Nations General Assembly and Security Council.

Normandale, which was the only two-year college to participate in this event, was joined by Minnesota State University, Mankato; Lake Superior State University; Minnesota State, Mankato; Minnesota State University, Moorhead; University of Wisconsin, Superior; University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire; University of Wisconsin, River Falls; Gustavus Adolphus College; St. Cloud State University; and South Dakota State University.

Each institution was assigned several countries that students represented in the three committees of the United Nations General Assembly, as well as the 15 member-states of the Security Council. The groups had to research the backgrounds, policy perspectives, and UN initiatives of the member-states they were assigned, and adhere to those identities while presenting ideas and proposals for committees and constructing resolutions that included politics and security, economics and finance, environmental concerns, and social, cultural and humanitarian issues. 

Library faculty member Lacey Mamak constructed the entire course guide and instructed the students on UN document research skills and strategies in library sessions throughout the semester.

Students at the conference were judged by the research, preparation, and presentations they did on the countries they were assigned and how well they demonstrated that knowledge in the General Assembly committees and on the Security Council. The seven countries that Normandale students represented were China, Malaysia, Philippines, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, and Thailand.

Normandale student Mohamed Ali, a delegate from Malaysia, received the Award for Best Opening Speech.

Students who participated in the conference as part of the Model United Nations class taught by Klages or as an activity of the Politics and Law Club. Students representing the college were: Najma Abdi, Mohamed Ali, Nadira Ali, Logan Bailey, Tyler Dougherty, Suheib Hassan, Alexandria Kearley, Job Okeri, Milka Okeri, Charles Rohlf, Mohamed Shire, Hamza Siddiqui, Aodan Sinclair, Zane Stranger, Tate Webb, Rachada Weiland, Sara Weiland.

The 46th annual Arrowhead Model United Nations Conference will be hosted by Normandale Community College in April 2020.  Look for more announcements about the conference and how to participate, or contact Elizabeth.klages@normandale.edu for more information.