CSUN Model United Nations Team Takes Top Honors

Members of CSUN's Model UN team.

California State University, Northridge’s Model United Nations (MUN) team took several top honors for a second consecutive year at this month’s national competition in New York.

The students’ efforts were recognized with the Distinguished Delegation Award for representing Zambia in the four committees that are part of the competition and Togo on the Security Council in a grueling five-day conference in which the CSUN team competed against students from all over the world.

The CSUN students also won the Outstanding Delegation Award for the Security Council, represented by Jesus Juvenal and Rosy Delara. They won the Outstanding Delegation Award for GA 4, represented by Andrew Heineman and Oscar Luzanilla.

“At the conference, students from other schools quickly gave CSUN’s team the reputation for being aggressive, well prepared and really smart,” said political science professor Jennifer De Maio, the advisor to CSUN’s Model United Nations team.

Over the past nine years, CSUN delegates have won more than 207 individual and team awards and more than 46 local, regional, national and international conferences.

“The conference truly was the culmination of a semester’s worth of hard work” De Maio said.

Delara said she loves the program and is proud of her teammates.

“From the public speaking, to the diplomacy, to the debating and the socializing with people around the world, MUN is an activity that has something for everybody,” Delara said. “I would highly recommend MUN to any student who wants to gain a better understanding of the world around them.”

The CSUN MUN team has regularly received top honors and awards at the annual national New York conference since 2002.

For more information about MUN and how to join please visit http://www.csun.edu/social-behavioral-sciences/political-science/model-un-program.