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On Thursday, November 4, the International Relations Program will welcome 200 students from 15 area high schools to campus for the 43rd Annual High School Model United Nations Conference. Student delegates will represent countries from around the world to discuss, debate and attempt to formulate resolutions on pressing issues of the day, including but not limited to the conflict in Ethiopia, women’s rights in Latin America, access to Covid vaccines across the world, and the internet as a human right.

The conference features four concurrent simulated sessions of international deliberative bodies including the United Nations Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, and the Human Rights Council, as well as a historic simulation of the UN Security Council. A volunteer staff of 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. Our volunteer staff is largely drawn from our 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. I thank you in advance for showing that warm 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 Rachel Lapinski 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 and chair, Chair Political Science