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Participants from left to right: 
Back Row: Everett Aukema; Fatima El-Dhaher; Usman Zahid; Jonathan Lesarge; Matthew Zambito; Eric Wood; Aaleesha Jamal; Alexander Sakellis; Joe Harris; Dave Ennett; Sean Gareau; Patricia Mockler; Tyler Paget; Sam McColl; Stacey Clarke; and Amy Wood
Front Row: Sophia Barquero; Juliana Baquero; Dana El-Tawil; Holly Tuck; Nicole Roblin; Matthew Gillies

Twenty-two King’s students recently travelled to Montreal to compete at the 24th annual McGill University Model United Nations (McMUN) from January 24 to 27. McMUN offered an outlet for King’s students to network with top universities from across the globe and to hone their debating skills.

A selection of King’s top students prepared months in advance for this once in a lifetime experimental learning program. King’s team of students were selected through an application process and comprised of a range of programs including Business, Economics, Political Science, Social Justice and Peace Studies, and Criminology.

McMUN is one of many conferences that aim to promote an increasingly global exchange of ideas and connections through collaboration among participating university students.

“Through this conference, our students increased their knowledge of international affairs and enhanced their capacity for team work, research, writing, public speaking, critical thinking, problem solving, consensus building, conflict resolution and cooperation,” stated Erin Hannah, professor in the Department of Political Science and coordinator of King’s Debating Society.

King’s students represented a variety of mock councils and committees invited to this year’s McMUN. Such committees included China, Congo, Rwanda, Somalia, Vietnam, Japan, German Olympics and Wall-Street 2008.

“I was Major-General Guy Tousignant in the Rwanda Crisis where we were placed in the pre-genocide era and devise plans to avoid the looming catastrophe,” explains Aaleesha Jamal, second time participant and honors student in the Department of BMOS.

This cooperative learning environment fostered new relationships among students and faculty. Assisting Hannah was Kristin Lozanski, professor in the Department of Sociology, and Renée Soulodre-La France, Associate Academic Dean.

Hannah has high standards for this program and hopes to stimulate more participation and increase MUN conference attendance internationally with King’s future teams.

For more information on McMUN, please view www.mcmun.org/