Miles College Competes in Model UN
Under the direction of Ba-Shen T. Welch, Ph.D., Director of the International Studies and Public Policy program, seven students traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in the Model NATO conference. The students took part in a simulation in which they represented Belgium as diplomats in a mock session of NATO. The students researched issues relevant to Belgium and practiced tirelessly to prepare for the conference. The team’s faculty advisor, Dr. Alan Tharpe, ensured the students readiness by assisting them in their research and debating efforts. As part of their participation in the conference Miles College students visited the Belgium embassy and received a briefing from Belgium officials.
Miles College was one of only two Historically Black Colleges to participate in the conference. Other participating institutions included Howard University, Kent State University, and Northeastern University, as well as universities from Canada, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Belgium.
The Miles College student delegation included:
About Model NATO:
The Model is essentially a simulation of the proceedings of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, augmented by pre-conference study and briefings at embassies of NATO member states in Washington, DC. It provides a unique opportunity for university and college students to study the role, structure and activities of NATO, as well as the military, political-security, economic, and social issues facing the Alliance.
Through simulation, students gain a better and clearer understanding of the capabilities and constraints that shape the policies of NATO countries in determining matters of collective security. Apart from dealing with a prepared agenda, students grapple with a contemporary crisis to be revealed at the Model.