Global Classrooms International MUN (GCIMUN) Preview

by KFC on May 9, 2011

It’s Global Classrooms International MUN (GCIMUN) week! Best Delegate has many of its roots and best friendships tied to this conference — we hope to be able to highlight this excellent educational program and introduce the Global Classrooms mission to readers who are not yet familiar with it. Also, we had a big week in terms of valuable news and informative articles last week, so make sure to check the links near the end of this article to catch up!

Conference Preview

UNA-USA Global Classrooms International Model United Nations (GCIMUN)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and GCIMUN Secretary-General Hayes Brown at the 2010 conference

Global Classrooms is a program put on by the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) to bring the Model United Nations experience to inner-city youth around the world. Many of these inner-city school districts have adopted Global Classrooms as part of their curriculum and send their students to one of 24 local Global Classrooms conferences held around the world including some that are free for Global Classrooms schools.

The GCIMUN conference is the culmination of this program and draws over 2,400 delegates from Global Classrooms schools from around the world (with New York City public schools and Italian schools being very well-represented) as well as other teams that want an education-oriented conference. The conference is held in New York City and includes sessions at the United Nations. Ban Ki-moon has spoken live at Opening Ceremonies in the past three years and hopefully he’ll make this year his fourth. The Dalton School won Best Delegation last year.

The Secretary-General is Sam Lichtenstein from Johns Hopkins University (he also served as the Secretary-General of JHUMUNC). Director-General Nora Radtke (University of Chicago), Chief of Staff Jeniffer Kim (American University), and Chief of Operations Robert Townley (McGill University) help him lead a staff of over 100 college student-volunteers from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and beyond. Kelly Siegal and Andrew Roush are the lead event coordinators for UNA-USA.

We’ve previously featured Global Classrooms: Washington DC, Global Classrooms: New York, and Global Classrooms: Middle School on Best Delegate (and have a recap of Global Classrooms: Chicago below), but we’ll get a more in-depth look into the Global Classrooms mission and experience this weekend.

Other Conferences this week:

Conference Recap

Global Classrooms Chicago

The Global Classrooms Chicago conference featured seven committee total — four high school committees and three middle school committees. The high school Security Council was the first committee at GC Chicago to ever incorporate crisis elements, and that effort was lead by the University of Chicago’s travel team head delegate, Sean Mirski. Over 300 delegates attended this year, all of whom came from Chicago Public Schools. The Secretary-General was Clara Spera from the University of Chicago.

The awards were:

  • Secretary-General’s Award for High School: Lincoln Park High School
  • Secretary-General’s Award for Middle School: Abraham Lincoln Elementary

Congratulations to all the delegates and staff!

Global Classrooms Washington DC

Best Delegate’s Ryan Villanueva liveblogged this conference — check out the conference feature here!

Community News

Best Delegate News

Last week was a big week in terms of articles and news — you can catch up here:

Community News

  • Concerned Staffer

    I think you forgot the most important part…one Miles L. Greengard is returning for his sixth straight year on staff.

    • Sarah

      Oh Miles! What committee will you be staffing?


    We all have choices to make. Each of us can make a conscious decision about whether to help perpetuate the culture of violence by being complacent, abdicating our responsibility, behaving disrespectfully in our personal and professional lives and not supporting preventive and interventive work. Or each of us can make the choice to confront the culture of violence and to contribute to building a culture of peace — in whatever way. It starts with self, and we can all make a difference.

    Violence is easy. No real skill is needed to pick up a knife, hijack a car, go on a shooting spree, throw a pipe bomb, batter a wife and child, rape, murder, or abuse with words. But the way of peace building is much more difficult. There is no time or capacity for spoon feeding. Books and ‘how-to ’s’ may provide the theory, but it takes dedication, commitment, time, risk and skill to put it into practice and — in the case of institutional structures — the necessary management support to make it meaningful and real. Cultures of constructive conflict resolution need to be cultivated in organizations, institutions and homes — to become part of the way things are done.

    Given this, I see the primary education tasks for the future as follows:


    We need to ensure that teaching young people to approach and deal with conflict in creative and constructive ways should be a core and valued component of their formal and informal education;

    We need to help young people develop broad social literacy and build vocabularies of hope and empowerment in terms of decision making, taking responsibility, skills training, visioning alternatives and making them happen;

    We need to develop inter generational partnerships with young people, to actively engage with them and hear their voices in homes, schools and other institutions and in the media — to listen to their stories, opinions, dreams, fears, needs and frustrations, and to take them seriously. At the same time we need to ask ourselves if there are aspects of cultural and emotional violence involved in the ways in which we listen, or neglect to listen, to what young people are saying;

    We need to challenge the media to talk about the ‘good news’ and to take their social responsibility role in terms of education more seriously;

    Every young person is entitled to the respect of others and to the recognition of their inherent worth and dignity as human beings. With this entitlement comes the responsibility to treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves. But cultivating this mutual respect doesn’t just happen. We need systematic governmental, organizational, institutional, religious, community and media support to commit to making this kind of education happen, and to do what we can as ordinary citizens to ensure that it does.

    We need to encourage young people to develop internal vocabularies of hope and empowerment — to “search for the hero inside themselves,” as the vocal group M People suggest in their song Search. Imagine if all youth could sing those words in their hearts, or the words of the R Kelly song I Believe I Can Fly?

    I believe I can fly
    I believe I can touch the sky
    I believe I can soar
    I see me running through that open door
    I believe I can fly
    ‘Cos I believe in me
    If I just spread my wings I believe I can fly.
    If I can see it
    Then I can do it
    If I just believe it
    There’s nothing to it.

    If we don’t encourage our youth to sing this kind of song, we are going to end up with more and more victims of the present and future shock that violence inflicts on our land.

    Moses Otunga Foundation is a Child centered Organization registered in Kenya.It exists to improve access to basic needs for vulnerable children and peace building in rural areas and urban slums.


    You can also assist in inviting as many of friends as possible to click ”ATTENDING” and by clicking ”+select guest to Invite.Thank you in advance and God bless you.

    The cost of this Campaign will be KSHS 15,000,000 million and $187,500.USD.Thank you in advance and God bless you.

    Yours Sincerely
    Governor Jimmy Eddy McAnyango
    Chief Executive Officer
    +254 724 818 737

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