Westminster College Hosted Fifth Annual Model United Nations Conference for High School Students

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College hosted more than 200 students from 17 area high schools for the fifth annual Model United Nations (UN) Conference April 30.

Students participated in simulations of five United Nations committees: General Assembly First Committee, General Assembly Fourth Committee, Economic and Social Council, Human Rights Council, and the Security Council.  They discussed a variety of issues that included the removal of land mines in post-conflict environments, access to safe drinking water, child labor, ensuring political participation for women, the human rights situation for indigenous people in Columbia, and the ongoing civil war in Syria.

Members of Westminster's Model UN team hosted the conference and staffed the committees.  Teresa Whetstone, a junior political science major, served as secretary general for this year's conference.  More than 20 Westminster students helped with the conference and served in a variety of staff positions.

The conference was sponsored by the Westminster Model UN student organization, the Drinko Center for Experiential Learning, the Department of Political Science and Global Solutions Education Fund-Pittsburgh.

The 2014 conference is scheduled for April 14.

Contact Dr. Michael Aleprete, assistant professor of political science, at (724) 946-7254 or email for additional information. 

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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Students participate in discussions during the Model UN Conference.