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Tomorrow, Thursday, October 27, the Canisius College International Relations Program proudly welcomes to campus 400 students from 19 area high schools for the 38th annual High School Model United Nations Conference.

A volunteer staff of nearly two dozen Canisius College students will moderate and adjudicate the proceedings, which challenge participants to learn rules of parliamentary procedure and specific countries’ positions on controversial international issues. The staff is largely drawn from the Model UN Diplomacy Organization, a student club affectionately known as MUNDO. Many, though not all, of the club’s members are international relations majors.


Student-delegates will represent countries from around the world – 190 delegations in all – and will discuss, debate and attempt to formulate resolutions on pressing issues of the day, including the situations in Haiti, Libya and Syria; questions of human rights, sustainable development and indigenous peoples; and concerns about fossil fuel dependency and child labor.

Please take special care when driving near Montante Cultural Center, Science Hall and the Student Center between the hours of 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. as there may be high school student delegates and school buses present in these areas. We are delighted to welcome the high school students and their advisors to our campus tomorrow and we hope you will help us make our guests feel welcome on our campus.

Submitted by: Jonathan M. DiCicco, PhD, associate professor, Political Science; director, International Relations