The Model UN Program is a simulation of the United Nations (UN) for the purpose of actively educating participants about international events, perspectives, discussions, and debates. Participants role play as diplomats representing various nations while simulating open sessions and committee discussions at the United Nations.
The Berkeley College Model UN Program, which was started by Dr. Rahul Bedi in May 2010, enables students to gain a global perspective on the current issues facing the United Nations. Under this program, Berkeley College students learn to "make speeches, prepare draft resolutions, negotiate with allies and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the conference rules of procedure – all in the interest of mobilizing international cooperation to resolve problems that affect countries all over the world" (http://www.unausa.org/modelun).
In April 2013, 10 students from the Berkeley College Model UN team participated in the Model United Nations Conference held at NYU. Students rigorously debated and held positions on issues such as weapon trade, world hunger, environmental protection, and the use of drones.
Comment from Team Member
"The Model UN is a unique experience that is helping me learn and have fun at the same time. Taking the role of a real diplomat is helping me understand firsthand how the United Nations works." (Jose Navarro)