Lone Star College (LSC)-Kingwood students use their civic responsibility to make a difference in the world.
Each spring semester, select students travel to New York and participate in the annual National Model United Nations Conference. The conference, which is sponsored by the National Collegiate Conference Association, is the largest college-level Model United Nations. Students gain knowledge of international relations, increase their understanding of the United Nations, and learn more about other countries.
“Students learn a great deal about our world and its problems. They are able to learn how to view problems from the perspective of other countries,” said Peggy Lambert, history professor. “This conference enables them to build their leadership skills while interacting with students from a variety of countries.”
This year, the college represented Côte d'Ivoire, a country in West Africa. Based on students’ position papers, speeches and presentations, the group earned the “Outstanding Delegation” award for the fourth year in row. In addition, the group also earned three position awards and one best in committee award.
“Only a small percentage of the colleges and universities can be named an ‘Outstanding Delegation.’ Most of the students at the conference are either upper division, graduate or law students at universities who having been preparing for at least one to two full years for the conference,” Lambert said.
Attendance at this conference is very selective and competitive. More than 6,000 delegates, half from outside the United States, come to New York City each spring to discuss current global issues on 20 selected committees.
LSC-Kingwood students who attended this year’s conference were Jhaniece Gay-ya, Caleb Ford, Erick Platero, Zoe Simmons, Francisco Granados, Natalee Bachant and Sarah Porter, head delegate for the entire delegation. LSC-Montgomery and LSC-Tomball were in the same delegation as LSC-Kingwood.
“The 'Outstanding Delegation' is a major accomplishment for any college/university – especially a community college. There is no doubt that participation in [the conference] has helped many of our delegates earn major scholarships and admittance to the university of their choice,” Lambert said.
Student delegates must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be willing to make a major time commitment to the program. During the fall semester, the delegation (LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Tomball and LSC-Montgomery) meet regularly to research their assigned country, the United Nations, and the committees on which the country serves. Each committee is assigned three topics to study and is responsible for preparing formal speeches that reflect their country’s position on each topic. In addition to papers and presentations, the students work to pass resolutions which are sometimes adopted by the United Nations. The delegates also have the opportunity to hear United Nations’ leaders speak on current international issues.