The Model United Nations Team at Hendrix College was awarded the Best Overall Delegation during the American Model United Nations Conference Nov. 17-20 in Chicago.

Around 80 college and universities sent 1,265 students to participate, including the several that attended from Hendrix.

The group represented Italy, one of 125 UN Member States and Observers present.

This year, five Hendrix participants took home outstanding delegation awards for their work:

Cordell Campbell and Charlie McMahon for the general assembly plenary.
Emmett Hill for the United Nations Environmental Assembly.
Sara Hoopchuk and Stephen Clark for the World Health Organization Executive Board.

Other participants, Adam Williams, Henry Edward, Graydon Carter, Aleck Bratt, Bailey Brya, Avery Waid, Elliot Anderson, Taylor Watkins, Claire Fleming, Olivia Kelley, Alex Tiller, Max Hancock and Meredith Warren, also attended the conference.

Warren, who served as the delegation’s permanent representative in charge of strategy and logistics for the delegation, first joined the team in 2016 as a sophomore.

“Barring a debate class I took at the beginning of high school, I had no substantive public speaking experience prior to taking Model UN,” she said. “At the start, I was apprehensive, but, with the help of my peers, I learned the rules of procedure for simulations and public speaking skills.”

She said by the end of her time as a first year student, she loved the team and wanted to continue her participation and was invited back by her professor to serve as a mentor her junior year.

Warren said Model UN, a course offered through the department of politics and international relations, is an activity where students simulate proceedings at the UN by representing the varying member states.

“For example, this semester, we held a few in-class simulations for the UN General Assembly Third Committee, which handles [social, cultural and humanitarian affairs],” she said. “In class, each student represented an individual country and discussed items that have been on the [assembly’s] agenda in years past.”

Not only is the structure of the course unique and valuable for students who are wanting to learn about leadership, partnership and public speaking skills, Warren said, but it’s also a good opportunity for those who want to become more familiar with the United Nations system and international affairs “in general.”

“Our program here at Hendrix is particularly special because it is a course offered by the school,” she said. “In most Model UN programs throughout the country, Model UN is a student-run organization.”

Throughout her years on the team, her role has changed. Warren said she has aided students in research and simulation preparation, guided students through reviewing and editing position papers, located proper research avenues, trained students in best practices for public speaking and more, which has taught her “invaluable,” leadership skills and strengthened her relationships with her peers.

Regarding the team’s overall award, she said she believes the delegation owes their win to the “hard work and dedication of the students.”

“Because Model UN is offered as a course at Hendrix, the students have the opportunity to build in valuable practice time into their busy schedules,” Warren said. “Every year, we get a fantastic, dedicated group of students that work together to familiarize themselves with the research, policies and simulation rules. This year especially, we had amazing students who were leaders at AMUN. I am very proud of them and that their hard work was recognized.”