The Wonders of WUMUNS and Model UN
October 23, 2018
On October 12th, some students from Liberty North’s Model United Nations team traveled to Washington University in St. Louis to attend one of their annual conferences. The students took the train across the state and stayed the weekend in St. Louis for this MUN conference.
“We went to a conference called WUMUNS–Washington University Model United Nations Symposium. It was really fun, and I really enjoyed it. It’s not like a normal committee; it’s a crisis committee. That means that you face a lot of issues that are just always changing, and you just have to face each one head-on,” senior Eleanor Carlile said.
These students participated in various committees at WUMUNS, including Margaret Thatcher’s Cabinet and the Pacific Island’s Assembly to more fictional and historical committee’s like the Peloponnesian and the Second Council of Elrond. Students faced crises and had to collaborate with their other delegates to come to a reasonable solution. WUMUNS, an entire crisis conference, is a faster-paced and more reactive conference than other conferences typical of Model United Nations.
“One of the most important things I learned is that there will always be a perspective that you hadn’t considered and that you need to look at,” senior Riley Sutherland said.
At the conference, Emilee Tobin won Honorable Mention for her participation in the Ringling Brother’s Barnum and Bailey’s Circus committee and Lindsay Barber won Honorable Mention for her role as Felathalion in the Second Council of Elrond. The entire delegation won Outstanding Small Delegation for the conference overall. However, WUMUNS is very different from the average committee that the students attend. Most conferences follow the strict parliamentary procedures that mimic the actual UN and their respective bodies and committees.
“For me, looking at countries that have beliefs very different from the United States and very different from the beliefs that I am used to has really pushed me to look beyond the known and forced me to look for viewpoints that I never even knew existed. So being able to research different countries beliefs and why they have those beliefs is very interesting and I have been able to apply that to several different parts of my life and research,” Sutherland said.