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On Thursday, November 1 at 8:00 a.m. the Canisius College International Relations Program will welcome 400 students from 21 area high schools to campus for the 40th Annual High School Model United Nations Conference. Student-delegates will represent countries from around the world and discuss, debate and attempt to formulate resolutions on pressing issues of the day, including but not limited to the migration crisis, the destabilization of Venezuela, the plight of Rohingya Muslims and the effect of European secularism on religion minorities.

The conference features eight concurrent simulated sessions of international deliberative bodies including the United Nations Security Council, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Human Rights Council, as well as a historic simulation of the UN Security Council in 1948. A volunteer staff of nearly two dozen members of Canisius College will moderate and adjudicate the proceedings, which challenge participants to learn rules of parliamentary procedure as well as information about specific countries’ positions on controversial international issues. The volunteer staff is largely drawn from the new student club, the Model UN Diplomacy Organization (MUNDO).

Please take special care when driving near Montante Cultural Center and the Student Center between the hours of 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. as there may be student delegates and school buses present in these areas. Thank you in advance for showing Canisius College hospitality to our guests.

The International Relations Program also thanks the Canisius College staff (including events management, public safety, dining services, admissions and especially Amy Beiter of the Political Science Department and the work-study students there) and our hardworking college volunteers for making this stimulating and educational experience possible for our guests.

Submitted by: Paola Fajardo-Heyward, PhD, associate professor, Political Science; director, International Relations Program