Western's Model United Nations Team

In April, Western students took New York and brought back an honorable mention from the National Model United Nations.

 

WHAT IS NMUN?

National Model United Nations is the largest collegiate United Nations simulation in the world. It is an international conference held in New York hosted by the United Nations in which over 5,000 students from more than 40 countries represent the United Nations’ Member States in an effort to find solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing the international community.

THIS YEAR’S CONFERENCE

NMUN - New York 2014 was Western’s first time participating in NMUN. Six student delegates represented Macedonia throughout the conference and sat on six different committees aiming to resolve key global issues ranging from nuclear terrorism, to resource scarcity and gender equality. The Western delegation was one of the only two Colorado universities to participate in the conference and it brought back two Outstanding Position Paper awards, and an Honorable Mention Delegation award.

 

WHY PARTICIPATE?

NMUN is designed to present students with an opportunity to engage in the fields of politics, business, communication, English, and international relations. It provides practical experience in diplomacy, negotiation, interpersonal communication, legislative research and writing, and leadership skills. It is a unique way to engage people with different backgrounds and ideologies and work together to reach unique solutions to complex problems. NMUN provides a unique opportunity for students at Western.

2015 CONFERENCE

The increased interest and support in Model UN has allowed us to expand the program to include 12 students for the upcoming 2015 conference. We are building a team that will represent the Western student and take the Western name outside of the Gunnison Valley and build a strong presence in this student and take the Western name outside of the Gunnison Valley and build a strong presence in this international academic conference. We will continue to strive for excellence in representing our university and community, providing unique opportunities for students, and enhancing the mission of Western State Colorado University. For more information, please contact Dr. Maria Struble at mstruble@western.edu.

Meet the Model UN Team

Taylor Cull
Taylor Cull
 Taylor Cull is a senior from Pagosa Springs, Colorado. She is studying Politics and Government with an emphasis in Global Studies and  minors in English and  Communication Arts. This is her 4th year competing at NMUN and is the team's head delegate this year.  Additionally, Taylor works for the Academic Resource  Center, is a Teaching Assistant for the English Department, is a Research  Assistant for the Politics Department, is a Journalist for the Top O' The World  Newspaper, and is the Student President of the Honors  Program. 






 

Joey Thomas
 Joseph Thomas
 Joseph actually likes to go by Joey, he is a Junior in Petroleum Geology.
 Joey is very passionate about rocks as well as politics. Joey participated in Model UN in while in high school so he is very eager to be  apart of this team this year.












 

Dante Velez
 Dante Velez
 Dante is a senior in Communication Arts and Politics.
 Last year at the model UN conference Dante was the head delegate. For the last year 2 years he has been working on the environmental program  committee.








 

Lozen Milller
 Lozen Miller
 
Lozen is a Global Studies Major. She is from right here in the Gunnison Valley. She is not just involved with Model UN on the  Western campus, but she is also a senator for SGA. Even though she is from Gunnison, she is eager leave the valley and to be in the  conference in New York City.











 

Micaela Poe
 Micaela Poe
 
Micaela is a senior at Western and is a Biology major. Even though she is a senior, this is her first time participating in Model UN. But don't think  for a second that she hasn't been involved on the Western Campus. She is a SI instructor, Teachers Assistant, and is a part of the SGA.  
 











 

Scott Doyle
 Scott Doyle
 
Scott is a junior, studying history and economics. This is his first year on the team and he is excited for the opportunity to travel to  New York. Last summer he  traveled extensively across Europe in junction with an Honors course in Prague.







 

Christian Kerr
 Christian Kerr
 
Christian Kerr is a sophomore from Long Beach, California. He is studying Politics with an emphasis in Pre-Law. He is a NCAA athlete  that runs Cross Country for  Western's team













 

Warren Knutson
 Warren Knutson
 
Warren Knutson is a sophomore studying Politics with an emphasis in Pre-Law. Warren is from Glenwood Springs, Colorado and he is  very excited to represent  Malawi in the General Assembly 1st committee










 

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​Mandie Little
Mandie Little
 
Mandie Little is a non-traditional student studying Sociology. This is her first year on the team, and she will be sitting on the UNESCO committee.  She is also involved on campus  as a teaching assistant for the English department, she works for the Academic Resource Center, is the President  of the Sociology Club, and is involved in the Honors Program






 

Jade Gale
 Jade Gale
 
Jade Gale is a senior Politics student originally from Colorado Springs. This is his first year on the team and he will be working on the Security Council.  Jade also works for the  Admissions Office and is an NCAA athlete on Western's football team.







 

Dr. Maria Struble
 Dr. Maria Struble
 
Dr. Maria Struble is an associate professor of Politics and Government and is the faculty advisor of Western's Model United Nations  Team. This is her third year  training students for the conference, helping them with fundraising, position paper writing, travel  logistics, and everything in between. Originally from Bulgaria, Dr.  Struble has also lived in England, France, and across the United  States. She received her B.A. from Louisiana State University, M.A. from Arizona State  University, and Ph.D. in Philosophy and  International Relations from Lancaster University. Dr. Struble feels passionate about challenging students to think about  questions  such as human rights, refugees, migration and power from the positions of global citizens, not simply as passive observer.