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Westfield State University’s International Relations Club attends Model United Nations Simulations

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Westfield – Twelve students from Westfield State University’s International Relations Club traveled to a Model United Nations simulations event at McGill University in Montreal January 24–27. This was the first of three simulations that Club members will attend this semester, accompanied by Professor Brian Steinberg, Ph.D., of the Political Science Department.

The McGill University Model U.N. simulation brought together 1,600 students from several countries, including Canada and the United States. Students represent future diplomats, politicians, and activists. The delegates had the unique opportunity to put their debate skills to the test through events such as simulations of: the International Court of Justice; the sustainable development goals review of the United Nations; and a consulting group.

“It was a great first conference in that we had so many students on the team and they performed at a high level,” said Dr. Steinberg.

Westfield State students were excited to travel, learn and gain experience. “The networking experience you get and the ability to communicate and work with [the host schools] is invaluable,” said Cameron Stanton, a senior from West Suffield, Conn., majoring in business management and economics. “It’s an experience of traveling with a purpose.”

Senior Zuleyka Contreras-Joubert, a business management major from Springfield who has attended several Model U.N. simulations, added “Every conference taught me something new about the world, and myself. Being part of the Model U.N. has given me confidence, knowledge, and most importantly, a voice.”

Student participants included three from Springfield: Contreras-Joubert, sophomore business management major Iyanu Doxy, and senior political science major Tabu Mhina.

West Springfield residents include Valerie Manuely De Jesus, a first-year biology major; Derek Estrella, a senior majoring in Spanish and liberal studies; and Filsan Hussein, who is currently taking courses at the University.

Agawam residents include Joseph Johnston, a first-year business management major, and Joseph Joyal, a sophomore economics major.  

Felicia Delaney is a junior political science major from Chicopee.

Brianna Johnson is a senior political science major from Mansfield.

Scott Howe is a sophomore communications major from Acton.

Vandaly Fernandes is a senior criminal justice major from Brockton.

Cameron Stanton is a senior business management and economics major from West Suffield, Conn.

Future simulations are scheduled February 14–17 at Harvard University and April 14–18 at the United Nations in New York City.  

Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society.

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