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New Mexico State University's Model UN will go to New York for competition

At only 23 years old, Jennifer Evans is getting ready to embark on a challenging journey. Evans, a student at New Mexico State University, will join six other appointed student judges at this year's National Model United Nations (NMUN) Conference in New York April 15-19.



NMSU Model United Nations president Andrea Lee, right, gives a class presentation along with fellow delegation members Crystal Garcia, center, and Roby Van Winkle. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)


While the senior government and law and society major makes legal decisions as part of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, 23 other students from NMSU's Model United Nations class will be representing Ecuador at the conference.

"My role is to be a neutral appointed judge and make legal decisions," Evans said. "It's definitely going to be challenging."

Every year, 2,600 delegates and faculty members representing colleges and universities from around the world gather in New York to better understand the United Nations and contemporary international problems. The NMUN also prepares participants to be better global citizens.

Since fall of 2002, Jason Ackleson, a visiting assistant professor of government, and students from the Model UN have been researching, watching and simulating the United Nations in preparation for the conference. Before the event students research international issues and the positions their designated country hold in the UN. While at the conference they participate in different committees simulating those of the UN. In committee, each school must then write and attempt to pass resolutions on a wide range of global problems.

For the second year in a row, junior Andrea Lee will be participating in the Model UN.

"I think this experience is the best academic experience on campus," said Lee, a foreign language and linguistics major and the president of the student group. "I don't think any other organization gives students quite the same caliber of experience as the Model UN does."

The Model UN gives students the opportunity to be involved in international affairs by raising funds for the annual competition in the fall and enrolling in the upper-division course, GOV 413, in the spring.

By participating in the Model UN "students can really dig into international issues," Ackleson said. "They learn how to work together on problems facing the world while developing leadership, speaking and researching skills."

He added: "It's applied learning and a lot of fun."

The group will have a fund-raising dinner at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at the Lemongrass restaurant, 2450 El Paseo Road. Tickets are $50 per person or $90 per couple. The donation is tax deductible.

For more information on NMSU's Model UN and the dinner contact Jason Ackleson at (505) 646-3604, Andrea Lee at (505) 522-5063 or Jennifer Evans at (505) 521-1562