United Nations Asso­ci­a­tion of Greater Boston holds Third Annual Global Class­rooms: Boston Model United Nations Conference

Who: Boston public schools Model United Nations teams, Ambas­sador Walter Car­rington, United Nations Asso­ci­a­tion of Greater Boston, and the North­eastern Model UN Team.

What: 150 Boston public school stu­dents will devise solu­tions to the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion in Kosovo as they role-​​play UN ambas­sadors. The stu­dents will par­tic­i­pate in a sim­u­la­tion of five UN com­mit­tees, dis­cussing Kosovo’s recent inde­pen­dence, minority rights, the eco­nomic future of the region, preser­va­tion of cul­tural sites and the refugee sit­u­a­tion. Stu­dents will nego­tiate these issues using research, writing, public-​​speaking and debating skills they have devel­oped through class work and after-​​school activ­i­ties with assis­tance from the UN Association’s edu­ca­tion staff and col­lege Model UN trainers, which includes stu­dents from Northeastern.

Six stu­dents will be hon­ored as “Urban Diplo­mats,” moving on to rep­re­sent Boston at a national Model UN Con­fer­ence in New York. The UN Asso­ci­a­tion of Greater Boston works with North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and other donors to pro­vide this expe­ri­ence to stu­dents from eco­nom­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged schools through Global Class­rooms. This pro­gram helps edu­cate stu­dents about con­fronting global issues through the UN process.

When: Friday, March 7, 2008

·Opening Cer­e­monies 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. – Ambas­sador Walter Car­rington, Speaker

·First Stu­dent Debate Ses­sion 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

·Second Stu­dent Debate Ses­sion 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

·Closing Cer­e­monies 3:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Where: West Vil­lage F, 360 Hunt­ington Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

Why: For Boston public school stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate in a forum for dis­cus­sion and res­o­lu­tion of world issues with local peers. Model UN empowers stu­dents with the skills and con­fi­dence for suc­cess in col­lege and beyond.

Event Details: For more infor­ma­tion about this event, please con­tact Julian Phillippi at (617) 482‑4587 or Jenny Eriksen at (617) 373‑2802 or via email at j.​eriksen@​neu.​edu.

About Global Classrooms

Global Class­rooms is a dynamic edu­ca­tional pro­gram using the empow­ering expe­ri­ence of Model UN to build global lit­eracy. Stu­dents learn nego­ti­a­tion and con­flict res­o­lu­tion skills, as well as tol­er­ance and respect for others. Global Class­rooms has reached over 100,000 stu­dents nationwide.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.