Model UN Visits Boston for Invitational Conference
February 14, 2020
Last week, 26 CBA Model UN students traveled to Boston to engage in some lively debate and diplomacy with students from across the country.
The CBA contingent took part in the 19th annual Boston Invitational Model United Nations Conference, or BosMUN, which is a three-day event hosed by Boston University. The conference draws about 1,500 students from schools as far as Mexico City.
During the three-day event, students are busy developing mock policies, initiatives and more in General Assembly, Socioeconomic, or Crisis categories. The CBA Model UN group plans for the conference prior to going, so many students are excited to see their preparation pay off.
The individual conferences vary in size, from a General Assembly topic of Global Warming with over 100 students to a 24-person crisis committee deciding the fate of Renaissance England.
BosMUN highlights international relations, but also includes topics such as local issues like Boston desegregation busing crisis in 1974, how to keep a media company like Netflix at the top of the industry, or World Health Organization research procedures.
The students also were also able to listen to keynote speaker Melani Cammett, who is a professor of international affairs and the chair of the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. Her current research explores peace after ethnoreligious conflict, the politics of social service delivery, and the historical roots of economic and social development, primarily in the Middle East.
The BosMUN conference concludes with an awards assembly on the final day and CBA was among some of the recognition. Senior Drew Valsamedis was awarded Outstanding Delegate, while senior Cameron Acken received a Verbal Commendation. It is the first time CBA has won awards in delegation from this conference.
The Model UN club now looks forward to their next trip in April to Washington, D.C.