Model United Nations Students Model Collaboration and Diplomacy

More than 50 students from grades 6 through 12 recently gathered in the Harris Center to address the issue of nuclear weapons as part of the annual joint Middle and Upper Schools Model United Nations Symposium.

Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an extracurricular activity in which students typically role-play delegates to the United Nations and simulate UN committees. Participants get hands-on experience in politics, international relations and current events; practice public speaking and debate skills; and work collaboratively to devise and propose solutions to some of the biggest issues facing the world today.

In preparation for this joint symposium, Middle School delegates collaborated with their Upper School peers to conduct research. At the event itself, Upper School delegates helped their younger counterparts navigate the ins and outs of parliamentary procedure, as students took turns at the podium speaking on and debating some of the world’s most critical and pressing issues.

Student performance and participation at this year’s joint symposium was impressive on all fronts, complete with thoughtful speeches, collaboration, democracy and diplomacy.
Francis W. Parker School educates students to think and act with empathy, courage and clarity as responsible citizens and leaders in a diverse democratic society and global community.