Colin Powell School students ace Model UN conference

Maintaining its tradition of excellence at the annual international event, The City College of New York won the Distinguished Delegation Award at the 2016 National Model United Nations (NMUN) Conference in Manhattan.

City College’s 16-member undergraduate team received the award from the National Collegiate College Association for its outstanding work representing Ghana during deliberations in assigned committees.

The NMUN is the largest and most prestigious conference of its kind. It attracts close to 5,000 delegates from six continents.

This is the second straight year that CCNY, whose team comprises students from Adjunct Instructor Rafal Szczurowski’s Model UN course in the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, has earned this distinction.

In addition to the team award, CCNY’s Sandrine Persaud and Solanghely Raffo won the   Outstanding Delegates in Committee Award for their engagement in UNICEF.

Student Arlene Usha said her experience at the Model UN had changed her world view and enhanced her love of advocacy.

The other members of the delegation were:

Paul Aylward, Alesia Burnazi, Cristina Cintora, Tammie David, Eva Galvez, Amanda Jimenez, Joshua Kemp, Michael Kvasic, Clarissa Martinez, Dayana Perez,  Garvita Sharma, Fanny Shum Chan, Markous Soliman and Arlene Verapen.

Eliezer Ramos and Valerie Starobrzenski were the head delegates; and Anasimon Adel, Taimoor Arif, Claire Lynch and Sarah Mourssi committee advisors.

According to Szczurowski, of the international studies program in the Colin Powell School, and the team’s faculty advisor, the conference can be a life-changing event.

About The City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 15,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Science; Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture; School of Education; Grove School of Engineering; Sophie Davis Biomedical Education/CUNY School of Medicine; and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. As the precursor to CUNY, City College is part of one of the largest public urban university systems in the country.