Some 450 students from Jewish high schools around the world plan to gather during February 8—10 at the Stamford Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Connecticut to participate in the 25th annual Yeshiva University National Model United Nations (YUNMUN) conference. Simulating the countries and committees from the United Nations, the student delegates from 44 yeshiva high schools and community day schools across three continents will discuss a wide range of issues, including gender roles, human rights, and international law.
More than 60 YU undergraduate students and 65 faculty advisers will be on hand at the event to ensure that the student-run simulation runs smoothly, allowing participants to learn about the complex landscape of international diplomacy.
“Yeshiva University hosts a model United Nations because it is critical that we educate students about our mandate to matter. We must consistently reinforce a responsibility for helping shape the destiny of civilization,” said Rabbi Kenneth Brander, YU’s vice president for university and community life. “In addition, students come away from the YUNMUN experience more confident, with a broad knowledge of world affairs, and having gained numerous life skills, including public speaking and critical analysis.”
In preparation for the event, students have been assigned countries and appointed to one of 15 committees dealing with issues of international concern, including the Counter-Terrorism Committee, the International Criminal Court, the World Health Organization, and the United Nations Children’s Fund. To argue their points effectively, students have been conducting extensive research to ensure that their countries’ interests and policies will be faithfully represented.
Celebrating its milestone 25th year, the conference will feature a special keynote presentation from Rabbi Saul Berman, associate professor of Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University and an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Law School.