Model United Nations

CSUEB Model United Nations is gearing up for the annual trip to the 4-day Model United Nations Far West Conference, held this year April 19-23. We will represent Morocco, Peru, Spain, and Togo. A special bonus: we hold two seats on the Security Council. On Saturday, March 2, CSUEB hosted a one-day Inter-campus MUN simulation as a warm up for Far West. S.F State and Holy Names also participated for a total of 35 delegates. The most intense debate occurred in the Security Council debate over the crisis in Syria. However, effective diplomacy by the Togolese delegate Justin Dalyrmple led to a surprising compromise resolution that has thus far eluded the real Security Council. Thanks to the MUN Club for sponsoring the simulation and for providing a wonderful Afghan lunch for all the delegates, catered by De Afghanan Cuisine in Fremont. Recent CSUEB political science graduate Patrick Szucs, who represented Nigeria on the Security Council last year, served as the simulation chair. Congratulations to Patrick for his admission into the Arizona State University Ph.D. program.

The Model UN Club has been very active this year. In October, the club participated in the U.N. Day Flag Raising Ceremony in Jack London, helping 150 JROTC cadets from Oakland high schools with their country flags and pronunciation. The MUN Club also organized a fall intercampus simulation on the global financial crisis that brought together student delegates from SF State, Chabot, College of Alameda, and CC of San Francisco as well as from CSUEB.

In collaboration with the Afghan Student Club, the MUN Club sponsored a talk by the well-known Afghan-American journalist Fariba Nawa, author of Opium Nation, who spoke on human rights in Afghanistan as part of our celebration of International Human Rights Day.

Other Spring Quarter events are planned. To mark World Health Day, the MUN Club is organizing an on-campus event on the global fight against malaria, which will include a fund-raising campaign for the Nothing But Nets campaign. Nothing But Nets raises money for anti-malarial bed nets. This spring, the MUN Club will once again sponsor, as it did in 2010, a day-long visit to the CSUEB campus for the Oakland JROTC cadets to include a campus tour, pre-college orientation, and an intensive briefing on major issues at the United Nations.

Hats off to MUN Club officers Tanya Cano, Kimberly Castenada, Ji Yang, Shuaib Amiri and in fall quarter, graduating seniors Cal Massey and Stephanie Flowers, for their outstanding effort.

MUN faculty advisor Norman Bowen would also like to pay tribute to all the past participants in the Model U.N. club and class who have done so much over the years to draw attention to the serious global issues addressed by the U.N. and its affiliated agencies. MUN alums are also invited to get involved in our ongoing activities, most of which are open to the public. Contributions for support of these many worthwhile programs are also welcome. Contact the Political Science office at 510-885-3221 for more information or contact

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