Yesterday’s MUN Mentors, Today’s Leaders in Collegiate Model UN

by Lala Kumakura on December 19, 2016

Best Delegate trainers have included (top row): WIMUN Secretary-General Ibrahim El-Kazaz, Georgetown IRC Chair Eric Chen, Fordham Model UN President Lala Kumakura, Caroline Rose, BarMUN Secretary-General Kaitlyn Perreault

Best Delegate trainers have included (top row): WIMUN Secretary-General Ibrahim El-Kazaz, Georgetown IRC Chair Eric Chen; and (bottom row): Fordham MUN President Lala Kumakura, American Crisis Assistant Head Delegate Caroline Rose, BarMUN Secretary-General Kaitlyn Perreault

Best Delegate is grateful for having some of the best Model UN leaders in the world serve as MUN Mentors at the Model UN Institute and trainers at our various programs. For example, we have had Aaron Kalafarski (Secretary-General of GatorMUN), Melissa Miller (Secretary-General of WAMUNC), Laurabeth Goldsmith (President of Emory MUN), and Erik Leiden (President of Ohio State MUN) serve on our staff when they were in their leadership positions in university. Since then, they have graduated from university and now work in the professional world or are in graduate school.

Best Delegate is also proud of having helped play small a part in developing some of the current leaders of the university Model UN circuit. We have taken on young but highly talented students to serve as MUN Mentors, and it is amazing to see that they are now Presidents and Secretaries-General on the college MUN circuit. For example, Eric Chen and Lala Kumakura were rising sophomores when they were Diplomacy Fellows, now referred to as “MUN Mentors”, but are now leading Model UN programs at their universities.

Here is an example of current university Model UN leaders who have taught with Best Delegate:

Kaitlyn Perreault, Boston University, Secretary-General of BarMUN

Kaitlyn served as a Diplomacy Fellow at the Model UN Institute last year and is currently the Product Development Manager on the Product Development Team. She recently served as Secretary-General of BarMUN, hosting the largest and most competitive BarMUN conference in its history.

Eric Chen, Georgetown University, Chair of Georgetown IRC

Eric is an alumnus of the Model UN Institute and served as a Diplomacy Fellow in 2015. He is now Chair of Georgetown International Relations Club and oversees all student-based international relations activity on campus, including Georgetown Model UN.

Ibrahim El-Kazaz, Istanbul Bilgi University, Secretary-General of WIMUN

Ibrahim served as a Diplomacy Fellow at the Model UN Institute in 2015 and returned in 2016 as a Program Manager. He is now the Secretary-General for WIMUN which will take place at the UN Headquarters in February 2017.

Caroline Rose, American University, Crisis Assistant Head Delegate of American Model UN

Caroline served as a Diplomacy Fellow at the Model UN Institute last year. She is now Crisis Assistant Head Delegate of American’s Model UN program and led her team from top 75 to #7 in the World Division this year.

Lala Kumakura, Fordham University, President of Fordham Model UN

Lala is an alumna of the Model UN Institute and last year served as a Diplomacy Fellow. As a sophomore, she is now President of Fordham Model UN, a NGO Youth Representative at the United Nations, and Editor for Model UN Institute Alumni on the Media Team.

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We hope to have another outstanding class of MUN Mentors for the summer of 2017 who can give back their Model UN experience to the next generation of high school and middle school students. If you are a college junior or senior and a leader of a major Model UN organization, we definitely encourage you to apply! We also take a few talented rising sophomores every year.

Applications for the Diplomacy Fellowship and the Residential Counselor positions are due January 31, 2017!

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