For the second consecutive year, Riverside City
College’s Model UN team was named Outstanding Delegation at the 2018 National Model United Nations
Conference in the United Nations in New York City, March 25-29.
5,000 college/university students convene on New York City each year to discuss
current global issues. Delegates are tasked to solve pressing issues relevant
to UN committees. The purpose of
the conference is to advance the understanding of the UN and of contemporary
international issues that have positively impacted the lives of numerous
delegates. This year, RCC was tasked with representing Ukraine.
In addition to winning the best delegation,
which is the highest team award at the conference, RCC had five teams win
recognition for their position papers — General Assembly 1: Rachel Lennox and
Luis Macias; General Assembly 5: Amy Maciel and Geby Rawung; UNESCO: Himadri Ratnayakeand
Yara Bojorquez; OPCW: Gamaliel Perez and Carlos Robledo; and UNEA: Tori Cox.
Ratnayake and Bojorquez were named outstanding
delegates at the conference, keeping the team’s streak alive of at least one
individual being named an outstanding delegate. The streak is now at five
conferences. Another student, Jasmine Brown, was selected by the conference as
the chair of a very prestigious committee at the conference.
This year’s team was the College’s most
diverse team with members having been born in Mexico, Afghanistan, Pakistan,
India; Korea, and in the United States. Ten of the 15 students were female.
“Our team was the most diverse and one of
the youngest teams in the conference,” Dariush Haghighat, professor, Political
Science and Model UN advisor said, “which makes this achievement incredibly
sweet and impressive. As their faculty advisor, I could not be any prouder of
these extremely dedicated and talented students.”