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Kalamazoo hosts Great Lakes Invitational Model U.N. conference Nov. 28 to Dec. 1

Posted on November 12th, 2012

High school students role-play as diplomats to help solve world problems

Kalamazoo, Mich. – Nearly 330 students from across Michigan will soon be in Kalamazoo to tackle some of the world’s biggest issues.

The high school students are coming to the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1 to participate in the Great Lakes Invitational Model United Nations (GLIMUN) conference. During the simulation, students role-play as diplomats of various countries to create a United Nations experience.

“The students work 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on all of the same topics that the real world is facing right now,” said Nick Stratton, Secretary General of GLIMUN. “All of the topics come directly from United Nations, and these kids are acting as our countries and focusing on finding solutions to the world’s problems.”

Some of this year’s topics include “Access to Education for Girls,” “Stopping the Spread of Disease Across International Borders,” “Rights of Immigrants,” “Future of Cyber Warfare” and more. Through working on these topics, students learn teamwork, diplomacy, debate, public speaking, research, writing, negotiation, socialism, objective social thinking and more.

“These are all great skills they can learn, develop and apply in the real world,” said Stratton, who hopes that by giving students this hands-on experience, they will grow to become more mature, responsible leaders for the future.

This year’s conference is the biggest in terms of attendance that Stratton can recall. Great Lakes Invitational Conference Association puts on the GLIMUN conference.

Nick Stratton


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