Model United Nations team shivers and shines at conference in Canada

December 4, 2017

Model United Nations team in the snowTallahassee, Fla. (December 4, 2017)—Tallahassee Community College Model United Nations braved both the cold and numerous working group sessions over Thanksgiving week to participate in a Model U.N. conference in Banff, Canada. The conference hosted more than 250 delegates from seven countries, including TCC’s 14 students.

Students were treated to a day-long sojourn in snowy Banff National Park, accompanied by guides who informed them of the historical and environmental features of the park and its management. Another day of the conference featured demonstrations and speakers highlighting the role of indigenous peoples in Canada’s national and international affairs.

Once the “extracurricular” activities were over, students spent a total of 24 hours in committee sessions working to find ways to resolve important international issues. As a result of their preparation and hard work, TCC’s seven 2-person delegations earned seven awards overall. Four delegations earned awards for position papers they wrote in preparation for the conference, and two delegate teams were awarded Best Delegation in Committee. Finally, TCC students were recognized with a Distinguished Delegation award for representing the country of Peru.

MUN team indoorsThe team was led by Monica Garcia Vega and Roman Ramos and also included Max Culbreath, Darrien Dahunsi, Gregory Gutierrez, Dixie Johnston, Alexander Jonas, Brenda Jones, Jeremy Jones, Brendan Leverenz, Taylor Mackin, Daniel Perez, Tierra Donnell and Ramlah Mahboob.

The TCC Model United Nations team will now turn their attention to preparing to host hundreds of high and middle school students for the 22nd annual Tallahassee Southern Model United Nations conference. That conference, which is organized, staffed and run by TCC students and alumni, will be at TCC’s Ghazvini Center on February 18, 2018. Finally, students are looking forward to closing out the academic year at the week-long National Model United Nations conference in New York City in March.

Faculty advisers for the team are Tom Waller and Richard Murgo. For information contact Waller at (850) 201-8159 or or Murgo at (850) 201-8145 or