The University of New Orleans Model United Nations delegation won an honorable mention award at the National Model United Nations Conference in New York City. It is the fifth consecutive year that UNO has earned an award at the annual competition. UNO’s delegation represented Nepal in this year’s conference, which took place March 29-April 3.
The National Model United Nations Conference is the world’s largest and most prestigious conference of its kind, bringing together nearly 5,000 students from around the globe to spend a week simulating the caucusing, resolution writing and negotiating of the actual UN.
UNO’s 2015 delegation was one of the most diverse in the conference with students from the United States, Nepal, Mexico, Iran, Brazil, Ireland, France, Egypt, Honduras, Moldova and Venezuela. The members are: Arione Pierce, Chelsea Davis, Pradip Adhikari, Matthew Bravender, Shaniqua Casey, Vincent Cheramie, Ashis Dahal, Nishant Dhungel, Susie Diaz, Farah Elaboudy, Karen Fernandes, Parisa Ghandehari, Gaurav Gyawali, Alethia Hernandez, Jahi Mackey, Amanda Mancilla, Monica Montalvo, Aliona Reselian, Richard “Johnnie” Roberson, David Teagle, Ashraya Upadhyaya, and Bikesh Pandey. The team’s faculty advisor is John Hazlett, director of UNO’s bachelor’s degree program in international studies, and the staff adviser is Karen Trundle, a student in the Master of Public Administration program.
This is the sixth year that UNO has been selected to compete at the conference, having previously represented St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Honduras, Austria, Vietnam and Syria.