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Model UN Conference Comes to Rhodes This Weekend

Publication Date: 2/1/2012

Rhodes will host 250 high school students as part of the 31st annual Mid-South Model United Nations conference Feb. 3-5. Participants will come from the Memphis area and across the region to simulate a meeting of the United Nations. Throughout the weekend, students will take on the roles of different member countries in order to debate, discuss and write resolutions on different topics.

The event is sponsored by the Rhodes chapter of Model UN and is entirely student-run. Over the course of three days, the high school students will simulate the United Nations body by writing resolutions on various topics, ranging from security issues to Somali pirates. Around 25 Rhodes students will act as moderators, working as chairs and co-chairs for the UN committees.

Additional volunteers from the International Studies Club will assist in running the event. The annual conference is the biggest fundraiser for the Rhodes MUN club, and the money that is raised helps fund trips to national collegiate Model UN conferences for the Rhodes students, some of whom recently attended a conference at Yale in the fall.

Elizabeth Tomlinson ’12 has been planning the event and will act as Secretary General of the conference. She says that the conference is a good way for Rhodes to represent itself to the community and to give high school students exposure to the college.

“Students get the opportunity to engage with each other academically,” Tomlinson says. “There’s an element of role-play in pretending you’re representing another country. At the same time, you have to understand how that country may vote or respond to a certain issue. I think [participants] get good exposure to what the UN is, and how all the different bodies work together.”

For more information on Model United Nations at Rhodes, visit http://orgs.rhodes.edu/msmun/.

(information compiled by Rhodes Student Associate Lucy Kellison ’13)

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