From February 2nd- 5th 2017, the ISI Model United Nations Club sent nineteen 11th and 12th Graders to serve on committees at the Model United Nations run by the University of Chicago. ISI has had a Model United Nations club since 2002. Originally students attended the IUPUI conference from 2005- approximately 2014. ISI has participated in the Chicago MUN since 2007. At this year’s Chicago MUN, students served on various committees including the Press Corps, historical Crisis Committees, UNESCO, the African Union and the World Cities Summit to name a few. Some students represented specific historical figures; however, most of the students researched and represented the Democratic Republic of Congo.
ISI students stepped out of their comfort zone and stood up to argue for the positions they represented in front of very large groups of delegates from other schools in the US and other countries. The conference was held at the historic Palmer House Hotel. In order to go on this trip, students investigated their committees, their country/position and wrote a position paper organizing their information. Students utilized their research at the conference to be informed of the issues and their position. At the conference, students also identified their allies to collaborate and pass measures and proposals to solve the issues faced by our global community.
Our next Model United Nations will be for the 9th, 10th and two 11th graders at Indiana University in Bloomington February 24th- 26th. We will be taking seventeen students. Our final Model United Nations will be on March 16th- 22nd and five 11th graders will go to New York City for the Change the World United Nations Conference.