Stuyvesant Model United Nations Conference (StuyMUNC) Brings the Crisis Experience to High Schools

by KFC on April 23, 2012

Delegates negotiate with each other at StuyMUNC

Stuyvesant High School hosted around 300 students from the Tri-state area at its Stuyvesant Model United Nations Conference (StuyMUNC) this past weekend. Eight of the thirteen committees that were simulated were small crisis committees and several of them were actually joint crisis simulations. The smaller committee sizes allowed many newer delegates a chance to participate in a more intimate setting conducive to close-knit discussions.

Stuyvesant was one of our earliest fans stemming from when Ryan was still working at Goldman Sachs, so I decided to drop by to say hi and capture some photos of delegates in action. I noticed that the chairs were encouraging and on multiple occasions the chairs would ask the delegates to provide more details before taking a certain action — this is good training for delegates to form more concise thoughts.

I could only drop by for a few hours of liveblogging, and here are some photos of delegates in action!

A crisis staffer speaks with the 1987 US Cabinet in the Cold War joint crisis

Delegates participating in Caesar's Civil War

Delegates are focused on writing their directives in the Middle East Peace Conference

A delegate draws the ship movements as the dais of the First Crusade: Christendom committee corresponds with crisis

Delegates in the First Crusade: Christendom committee look like they are having fun at StuyMUNC

The 1987 Soviet Union chairs consult with each other on a note that they have received

Delegates in the 1987 Joint Crisis: Soviet Union cabinet

A crisis staffer briefs the Futuristic NPT Committee on the North Korea nuclear crisis

Delegates in the Futuristic NPT Committee listen to the crisis update

The dais of the First Crusade: Saracen committee ask the delegates if burning food supplies counts as an act of aggression

Kilij Arslan I speaks in the First Crusade: Saracen committee

The dais of the Congolese Civil War hosted a joint summit and set a deadline for the committees to negotiate a deal

Delegates in one of the Congolese cabinets negotiate internally before negotiating with the other cabinet

Delegates caucus in the Sixth Legal Committee

Canada speaks during moderated caucus in SOCHUM

Delegates get engaged in a heated debate about the bananas for drugs proposal in DISEC

A delegate counters the bananas for drugs proposal in DISEC

Delegates vote in the IAEA

Finally, let's end the day with this amazing view of the Hudson River as seen from Stuyvesant High School

Congrats to all the staff and delegates on a successful conference! Thanks to Ms. Bushman, Director-General Mostafa Elmadboly, and Director of External Affairs Shelley Shin for you help!

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