International diplomacy arrives on campus

By Reuben Gonzales - Staff Reporter



Highline students will ex- ercise their diplomatic muscle at a conference in Seattle next month.

This fall, Highline's Model United Nations program re- turns for a second year here. Highline's previous president, Dr. Jack Bermingham, brought the idea here, believing it to be a great fit for students.

According to the Model U.N. website, events are meant to give participants an authentic simulation of the U.N. General Assembly and Security Council.

Students step into the shoes of ambassadors of countries that are members of the U.N., and debate current issues on the organization's vast agenda.

They prepare draft resolutions, negotiate with supporters and rivals, and resolve conflict while us- ing the U.N.'s rules of procedure.

The upcoming conference is put together by the Northwest Model U.N., which will bring together students from colleges across the region.

"I worked behind the scenes

to pave the way for the program on the campus. I'm still working to build the program and make sure that students on campus know about it," said Professor Jennifer Ritchey, coordinator for Global Programs.

The goal of Model U.N. is to help students increase their international understanding, all while developing some skills that will be useful for their careers.

"I also hope that they will be able to bring back some of the skills developed through participation back to the High- line campus," said Professor Ritchey. "The conferences are also a fun opportunity to con- nect with students from all over the U.S."

Students can get involved with this program through two different ways, the first being the Model U.N. club, and the second being that students can take either Political Science 103: Institutions or Diversity and Globalism 103: Institutions.

These are classes students can take that help prepare them for the conferences. They can also earn credits for their degrees.

"At this point in the quarter, we already have our teams set for the upcoming conferences. However, in Winter Quarter we will be accepting new students," said Ritchey.

The conference is Nov. 16-18 in Seattle.
For more information, con-

tact Professor Jennifer Ritchey at jritchey@highline.edu or 206-592-3458. If you would like to know more about Model U.N. in general, seattle.nwmun.org.

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If you want to join a club at Highline but have questions, visit the Club Fair next Tuesday. The fair will take place in the Mt. Constance room in Building 8. The fair will occur from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Jan. 23, and will have representatives from many of the clubs on campus.

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