April 12, 2013 – The Hudson River Group, consisting of students from Dutchess Community College and Vassar College, were given a Distinguished Delegation Award, six Outstanding Position Papers Awards and awards for Outstanding Delegates at the National Model United Nations simulation held in New York City March 24-29.
More than 5,100 college students from 46 countries participated.
The joint DCC/Vassar team prepares with an academic course that begins in January, with the five-day simulation in the spring serving as the culminating event.
The Hudson River Group represented China on 19 Model UN committees. Their topics included women’s rights, nuclear arms control, environmental protection and many other political, social, economic and global issues.
The National Model United Nations program is sponsored by the National Collegiate Conference Association, which is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization that promotes understanding of international issues and the United Nations.
National Model United Nations programs provide students with a better understanding of the inner working of the United Nations as they build skills in civics, diplomacy and compromise. Students take on different roles and are required to use effective communication skills to debate and then solve problems.