by Olivia Becker '21
With a successful conference under our belt, new initiatives in place, and Ethical Model United Nations II to plan, the Fieldston Model United Nations team is flourishing in its biggest year yet.
On October 28, 11 Fieldston students attended the 32nd annual Horace Mann School Model United Nations Conference. Upon entering the reception room, I could hear the walls echoing with conversation and debate, yielding both compromise and a better understanding of today's society. The competitive energy was palpable throughout the day, but after eight--almost consecutive--hours, when closing ceremonies arrived, four Fieldston delegates were awarded verbal commendations. This put us among the top 10 in committees ranging from 100 to 200 students, and was a record high of awards for our ever-growing club. As a whole, we hope to continue this momentum at the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference at the University of Pennsylvania in January.
In addition to participating in high school conferences, the Model UN Club is also hosting Ethical Model United Nations II. It is a two-year-old conference striving to "provide middle school students citywide with an opportunity to explore difficult ethical dilemmas in international relations. The focus of this conference derives itself from the essential belief that the next generation of diplomatic and international political thinkers must understand the deep moral and philosophical dilemmas of an increasingly global world." These ideals are deeply rooted in the mission of our school, which is looking to create the next generation of leaders, while simultaneously fostering an environment that allows students to learn, have fun, and express their individuality in committees ranging from FIFA Ethics to the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Aligning with our club's mission, the two main themes for year three of Fieldston Model UN are foreign service and expansion. Our slate of new programs and initiatives, led by members of the FMUNC's senior staff and leadership, exemplify the best we have to offer and depict a bright future for FMUNC. They range from after-school programs at CASA Middle School and Goddard-Riverside Beacon, to a speaker series and middle school mentorship program. While the speaker series and mentorship program keep our community informed and interested, the after-school programs solidify the club's commitment to giving back. The purpose of these initiatives is to offer children who normally wouldn't have the opportunity to participate in Model UN (due to limited resources) the chance to do so. We recognize that it is beneficial for social, academic, and life skills that have made a tremendous impact on the lives of so many.
Editor's note: Olivia Becker is part of the senior leadership staff of the Fieldston Model UN Club (FMUNC) and also serves as its middle school liaison.
by Olivia Becker '21