From March 30 to April 3, 2010, the University of Bridgeport Model United Nations Club participated in the National Model UN competition in New York City, and was awarded the second highest honor given in the competition—the Distinguished Delegation Award.
The competition brought together over 2,500 students representing schools from all over the world. The UB delegation of 8 students, though one of the smallest, represented its designated country of Liberia with great effectiveness. During their week in New York, they met with Her Excellency Madam Marjon V. Kamama, Liberia’s Ambassador to the UN and with His Excellency Ivan Barbolic, Bosnian Ambassador to the United Nations and a University of Bridgeport alumnus.
The team received the Distinguished Delegation Award in the United Nations General Assembly Hall for its performance at this year’s session, which took place at Union Headquarters and at the New York Marriott Marquis. The award is the highest award ever received by a UB Model UN delegation, and continues the Club’s tradition of excellence in this competition.
The UB delegates chaired a major committee, drafted reports, authored resolutions and negotiated their passage, and argued cases before the International Court of Justice. The team was coached by Mr. Miguel Arroyo who is a graduate student in the Global Development and Peace program (GLDP). Miguel has been involved with Model United Nations for eight years.
The Head Delegate was Samantha Pitera, a Senior majoring in International Political Economy and Diplomacy (IPED) and she was assisted by Elizabeth Hempowicz, also a senior majoring in IPED, who served as Deputy Head delegate. At the Conference, Elizabeth argued a case before the International Court of Justice.
Other members of the UB delegation included Tijana Bokic (GLDP), Nicholas Smith (IPED), Francisco Eguiguren (GLDP), Shigeki Sakamoto (IPED), Janneth Alvarez (IPED), and Nick Smith. Observers included Sandra Granath, Bojana Karagiannis, Piotr Safroncyzk, and Sandra Schmitz.
The University of Bridgeport team was advised by Criminal Justice and Human Security Professor William Lay. He was assisted by Dr. Nancy Wei, who teaches in the International Political Economy and Diplomacy program of the International College.