CSUF Model United Nations Team Wins Top Award

Cal State Fullerton’s Model United Nations team received an Outstanding Delegation Award at the 2016 National Model U.N. Conference in New York City. The award is the highest honor given at the annual event.

Competing this spring as the delegation from Togo, the Titan team also received accolades for five position papers, as well as a peer award.

Cal State Fullerton's student team won the Outstanding Delegation Award at the 2016 National Model U.N. Conference held in New York City.

Cal State Fullerton's student team won the Outstanding Delegation Award at the 2016 National Model U.N. Conference held in New York City.

Cal State Fullerton’s team of 20 students included Kwan’ze Stewart of Ontario, who cited bolstering his negotiation skills among the benefits the political science major gained from the spending a week interacting with students from other counries. “You have to learn how to compromise,” he said. “It was a great learning experience.”

More than 5,000 university students from around the world participated in the spring conference, collaborating to address current global issues and honing their skills in diplomacy, critical thinking, public speaking, writing and research.

“I’m very proud of the students who participated in this year’s Model U.N. They worked really hard and their efforts paid off,” said Charlotte Samuels, lecturer in political science and Model U.N. adviser for CSUF. “It’s really rewarding to witness the transformation students make during a semester — gaining confidence in their writing, speaking and negotiation skills.”

Samuels plans to begin recruiting students for next year’s Model U.N. team in the fall, seeking students with strong academic performance, as well as potential for success in the program.

In addition to Stewart, other members of the CSUF team: Celina Bontigao, Arely Briseno, Stephen Casillas, Ya-Ting Chang, Gelane Diamond, Maha Ghazvini, Arvind Krishnan, Phyillis Macharia, Amanda Martinez, Andy Marin, Armando Robles, Blake Ruiz, Sara Salinas, Marco Sanchez, Lucas Scally, Christina Sumariyanto, Sebastian Swisher, Jacklyn Vazquez and Summer Verdugo.