Department of Political Science hosts 2nd Model UN Summer Camp at UCA

The Department of Political Science hosted the 2nd annual “Arkansas and the World: Model United Nations Summer Camp” at the University of Central Arkansas on July 15-20, 2018.  More than 30 Arkansas high school students participated in a unique, interactive learning experience designed to enhance their understanding of international relations, diplomacy, and international organizations in the 21st century.  The students participated in workshops on international relations, the fundamentals of Model United Nations, the historical roots of the United Nations, and the UN’s role in international affairs.  The students also represented assigned countries in a simulation of the UN General Assembly, including several committee and plenary sessions held throughout the week.  The students also competed in a Global Trivia Competition held each night of the summer camp.

The summer camp was funded by a grant awarded to Dr. Mark Mullenbach, Associate Professor of Political Science, by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE).  Dr. Mullenbach, who served as the camp director, was assisted by two instructors, Dmitriy Nurullayev, a doctoral student of Political Science at Louisiana State University, and Stephanie Gray, who recently graduated with a BA degree in International Studies from UCA.  Eight undergraduate students from UCA and LSU, including Spencer Burton, Caroline Casey, Quade Reed, Nelson Graves, Amber DiPersia, Abby Mattingly, Rachel Campbell, and Shaya Khorsandi, served on the summer camp staff as resident assistants.  Two recently-graduated high school students who participated in last year’s Model UN Summer Camp, Jayden Moody and Nathan James, also served on the staff of the summer camp.

Guest speakers during the week-long summer camp included Governor Asa Hutchinson; Cindy Sellers Roach, Community Development Management at Heifer International in Little Rock; Warwick Sabin, Senior Director of U.S. Programs at Winrock International in Little Rock; and Honorable Rodrigo Morales Salazar, Director of the Protection & Legal Affairs Department at the Consulate of Mexico in Little Rock.