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Boni Thompson embraces a global perspective. Not only has the International Business major traveled to Europe and Africa, but she also participates in the Model United Nations (Model UN) program at Berkeley College. The Model UN program educates students about international events and exposes them to the discourse of contemporary global issues.
“Model UN is a hands-on learning experience,” said Ms. Thompson of Manhattan, NY. “I have learned to solve problems and think collaboratively. I also have increased my awareness of global issues and therefore gained a better understanding of the principles applied in my college coursework.”
Recently, the Berkeley College Model UN team visited the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in Manhattan, NY, in preparation for the National Model UN Conference. Each year, the conference brings more than 5,000 students together to discuss international issues with the United Nations Headquarters as a backdrop.
At the Mission, the Berkeley College students met diplomats from Trinidad and Tobago and learned about issues important to the country, including stopping the arms trade and working to address world hunger. The information the team members collected helped them draft resolutions to promote at the conference on the country’s behalf
“It is important for students to have this sort of experience because we live in a connected world,” said Daniel Alvares of Passaic, NJ, who is pursuing a degree in Business Administration – Marketing. “There are many things you can learn from human interaction that you would not learn sitting in front of a computer or reading the paper.”
Dena Bateh, PhD, Management, School of Business, serves as a Faculty Advisor for the Berkeley College Model UN program, now in its second year. She believes that the experiences offered by Model UN will have a lifelong impact on the students.
“The strong, well-spoken student has the opportunity to collaborate with students worldwide, improving upon debate skills, report writing and networking,” said Dr. Bateh. “And students who are more reserved have the chance to emerge as leaders.”
Mr. Alvares believes the goal of the Model UN program is vital to the future of world relations.
“Model UN has opened my eyes to the issues facing the world,” he said. “The program allows participants to see how the world really is, beyond their home countries.”