BruinMUN 2010 is off and running – UCLA’s eighteenth annual high school conference took a practical approach to Model UN opening ceremonies. President Yash Vasant began the ceremonies with anecdotes explaining how Model UN has allowed him a greater global perspective, new friends, and a supplement to his education as a Neuroscience and Economics double major. Yash was followed by Dr. Peter Katona, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, who highlighted the role of public health and international relations in his lifetime. Dr. Katona’s background in Bioterrorism research provided a real-world application towards the knowledge and skill set acquired in Model UN.
As a two-time Secretary General of BruinMUN, Jennifer Patton makes sure to create a vision early to execute a successful conference. Creating new committees, including the Continental Congress, and a North Korea/South Korea crisis keeps the content relevant, while the organization works to execute the logistical aspects of the conference.
I also had a chance to interview Asad Ramzanali, last year’s club president and Secretary-General of the 2011 Global Classrooms: Los Angeles Conference. He is also featured in our upcoming e-book, How Model UN Can Help You Get Into College:
Treason! British Spies! One of BruinMUN’s featured committee is the historical crisis committee, the First Continental Congress, as a buildup to the American Revolution. Chair Chris Janney has prepared a cast of characters ready to debate their stance to the British government, all the while operating as individual colonies.
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