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Heather Campbell Capstone

Science Leadership Academy Model United Nations Club
My motivation for creating a Model United Nations club at the Science Leadership Academy was spurred by my interest in international affairs and global interactions and my frustration for having little opportunity to share it with others. After attending a United Nations conference and talking with other students who participated in Model United Nations conferences, I thought it would be very beneficial for the SLA to start its very own MUN club and participate in MUN conferences. I created a small group of 6-9 students and we participated in two different conferences. The first conference was centred around cybersecurity and the growing conflict in the South China Sea. The second conference addressed the exclusion of youth from the Rule of Law. The two conferences were very different but gave us great insight into the world of international affairs, solving global conflict, and improving international standards. I feel like the MUN club was very successful this year, attending two different conferences. My hopes are that I have established enough of an interest in international affairs to allow the MUN club to continue and be successful for future years.

This is a photograph of the club after the first MUN conference hosted by the World Affairs Council on cybersecurity and the conflict in the South China Sea.

This is a photograph of the club members who attended the second conference, hosted by the United Nations Association - Greater Philadelphia Chapter, on the Rule of Law. 

  • The Jerome Shestack Model U.N. Conference on the Rule of Law: Faculty Guidebook. Philadelphia: United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia, 2012.

This resources was directly from the United Nations Association Chapter that is hosting the Model U.N. Conference on the rule of law. It was really informative on both goal of the conference and its structure, which is to analyse the Justice index through the lens of a Non-governmental organisation.  This resources will be very useful when it comes to preparing for this conference and similar conferences as it is very detailed and very credible. It has a detailed timeline and process for preparation included. The guidebook is going to be very helpful to present to the Model U.N. participants because it tells you exactly what to expect throughout the whole process of being apart of the conference.

  • United Nations Association of the United States of America. "Model UN Preparation." Global Classrooms Model UN: How to Participate. (accessed September 28, 2012).

This source was very useful with gaining an understanding of the preparation required in attending a Model U.N. conference. It outlines the process of researching, country assignments, writing position papers, debating and discussing at the conference, speaking in public, caucusing, and drafting a resolution. It was also nifty because it explains the rules and procedure of a Model U.N. conference, so participants know what to expect. It has multiple handy resources to better prepare participants, and would be a valuable resource, no matter what kind of Model U.N. conference is being attended. Not only is it highly credible because it is by the United Nations Association of the United States of America, but it is also just highly detailed, making it an incomparable resource for reference.

  • World Affairs Council. "International Student Summit." World Affairs Council. (accessed January 7, 2013).

This source was particularly helpful in preparing for my Model U.N. club’s first Model U.N. conference on cybersecurity. It was very informative because it told us exactly what the focus of the conference was and how to prepare for it. The webpage had links to resources about both the actual conference and then resources that would be helpful for our research. Although the conference was on a specific global issue, this source could still be potentially very useful for future conferences because of the way it is laid out. It also has some great links to research-based resources for global issues.

  • Best Delegate. "How to Build Your Model UN Program." Best Delegate. (accessed January 7, 2013).

I wish I had found this before I started my Model U.N. club, because when I first started, I only vaguely had an idea on how to approach this. This source does a very good job of clarifying what makes a successful model U.N. club. It gives advice for first starting the club, then hosting a conference, and then making it a programme, instead of a class. It made me think a lot about where I want this club to go. Perhaps the club will be more successful if it is offered as an Independent Learning Plan, however, I still don’t want it to be just limited to the 10th graders. This webpage was very illuminating in terms of the club’s potential. It also suggests starting an educational non-profit, which is something I may have to think about as ways of funding the program.

  • Best Delegate. "Model UN Teachers, Advisors, and Parents." Best Delegate. (accessed January 7, 2013).

This webpage has numerous articles that are all very informative. There are articles about how to prepare for conferences, which gives advice and tips to optimise the experience. There are also multiple articles on starting a successful model U.N. club. I see this source being very useful for future years to come because it gives credible and useful advice. This source can apply to practically any Model U.N. conference. I think I will be using this website a lot as I work on my capstone. I am learning a lot from it and it has given me a lot of ideas. It has a lot of relevant and timeless information as well as new fresh and up-to date content.

  • The World Justice Project. "What is the Rule of Law?." The World Justice Project. (accessed January 31, 2013).

This webpage is particularly important for the MUN conference on the Rule of Law. It explains what exactly the rule of law is, and the important factors that go into it. It also has a brief paragraph on why the rule of law is important to every person. This website is going to be incredibly important when preparing for the conference on the Rule of Law, which occurs in the spring. The World Justice Project is an independent, non-profit organisation, and their definition and analysis of the rule of law is highly reliable. The World Justice Project is run by many well known and highly qualified individuals who have experience in the judicial and international realm. They are also in collaboration with various other organisations.

  • United Nations Association of the United States of America. "Research." Model U.N. Preparation. (accessed January 7, 2013).

This source is very useful as it outlines the recommended process of researching countries and the topics. It has hyperlinks which give further guidance on what kind of questions that one needs to answer when researching their countries, their topics, and the UN system. It also has various tips for researching. This resource can be utilised for all conferences and activities as it is just a general guide for Model U.N. research. The source is also very reliable because it comes from the United Nations Association of the United States of America, which runs the majority of the Model United Nation conferences in the United States.

  • United Nations Association of the United States of America. "Position Papers." Model U.N. Preparation. (accessed January 8, 2013).

  • United Nations Association of the United States of America. "Rules of Procedure." Model U.N. Preparation. (accessed January 8, 2013).

  • United Nations Association of the United States of America. "Resolutions." Model U.N. Preparation. (accessed January 7, 2013).

  • United Nations Association of the United States of America. "Start a Model UN Club." Getting Started. (accessed September 26, 2012).

  • Morssink, Christiaan. Personal interview. 27 Feb. 2013.