JCCC Model UN team
The most recent NMUN award caps five years of success for JCCC, during which time the team has won awards at the last 15 consecutive conferences they have attended.
At the NMUN conference in New York, 13 JCCC students competed with other colleges and universities from across North and South America, Europe and Asia, including Baylor University, Universidad San Francisco de Quito Ecuador, London School of Economics, Faculte de droit de l'Universite de Montreal, University of Texas, Universitat Hamburg Germany, University of Pennsylvania, University of Wisconsin, University of Bonn, University of London and many other distinguished universities, culminating in an award ceremony at the United Nations.
JCCC received an honorable mention award for its portrayal Nigeria. The college's team was evaluated by the conference on the following criteria: representing Nigeria's policy in a manner consistent with economic, social and geopolitical constraints; diplomatic negotiations skills; and proper use of rules of procedure.
Student Joseph Gideon was selected to work as part of the conference staff on the International Court of Justice. "This award would not have been possible without the hard work and collaboration of every team member," Gideon said.
In addition to Gideon, 12 JCCC students participated in the conference: Paige Crosswhite, Lily Darrington, Farhan Din, Chris Dwyer, Abraham Mathok, Maxwell Otieno Matite, Marvita Oliver, Milvi Saarna, Kumar Shretha, Jeremy Williams, Angie Zapata and Rebecca Elo, who was chosen to work as part of the conference staff on the International Atomic Energy Agency.
"This team is an exceptional group of students who worked very hard, " said team adviser Dr. Brian Wright, JCCC associate professor, political science.
These conferences are an exceptional educational opportunity for JCCC students and a chance to highlight the school's academic excellence. JCCC students prepared for the conference through research for position papers, class assignments, and participation at their own MUN simulation. Team members plan a wide variety of majors - political science, business, history, nursing, education, English and science.
Some of the issues at the conference included climate change, the privatization of war, information and communication technologies for development, implementation of a global standard of education, sustainable agriculture and rural development, water and nuclear technologies, limiting the impact of HIV/AIDS in Africa, and international cooperation, burden and responsibility sharing in mass influx situations.
MUN allows students to understand the international issues at the United Nations while building skills in public speaking and diplomacy. More than 3,000 students participated in the conference by proposing resolutions and writing reports dealing with world issues. The conference helps students to further understand global issues and international relations in a forum that allows them to discuss global concerns in an atmosphere that is similar to that of the United Nations.